Airdrieonians vs Brechin City preview

16th October 2015

Jamie Bain hopes to mark his 201st Airdrie appearance with a return to winning ways against Brechin - but the defender didn't even know he had hit 200.

On the Club's first annual "Academy Day", Jamie's milestone was superb testament to what can be achieved, having played for the Diamonds at every youth level before breaking into the first team.

The 24-year-old was delighted to find out he'd reached the impressive tally - after the game.

"I didn't actually realise at the time that it was my 200th appearance, so when I did find out I was over the moon and it made my family proud.

"I couldn't have done it without the managers help so I'd like to thank Gary Bollan and Jimmy Boyle. 

"To play for your hometown team is brilliant, but to do so and make 200 appearances is something else."

It may have been a landmark day for Bain, but it ended in disappointment on the pitch as visitors Stranraer took the points. Following an impressive run of victories, the result meant it was three without a win for the Diamonds - a statistic that doesn't faze Bain.

"Every team in the league take performance dips throughout the season, it just depends when it comes if it's crucial or not.

"We know we can pick it up and go at it again. The gaffer will have us raring to go come 3 o'clock on Saturday."

Brechin City are the visitors, and it was the Angus men who provided the opposition for Airdrie's first win of the season.

Darren Dods hasn't had an easy ride in his first management job, sitting joint bottom of the table after nine games, but Jamie expects another tough match.

"We have proven against all the teams that we can compete for the top four, but we have to fight for everything coming our way. 

"We look to try get maximum points at home - I know our home record isn't the best so far, but I'm sure that's about to change. This game is massive for us - and for Brechin too. 

"Starting Saturday we need to get another run on the go and try make a gap between us and the teams below us. 

"I don't think there's anything in the boys' heads other than a top four finish, to be honest."

David Cox is suspended for Airdrie following a post-match red card against Stranraer.

David Munro will referee.

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