Airdrieonians vs Dunfermline preview

22nd April 2016

Jamie Bain would love to repeat his deciding goal against Dunfermline - but will settle for being part of the winning team.

The 24-year-old utility man netted the only goal of the game when the sides met in front of BBC Alba cameras at a rainswept East End Park in January.

It was a rare defeat for the Pars as they romped to the League One title, but the Diamonds fans had cause for a double celebration that evening as the club announced their plans for full-time football.

As Allan Johnstone's champions prepare to visit Airdrie this weekend, Bain has his eye on a home win.

"It would be brilliant to get another goal against them - and it would be even better to get a win.

"Every side has a bogey team, and I think theirs is Airdrie. They've done very well on winning the league, but whenever we come up against them it's a different story.

"Here's hoping it's the same again on Saturday and we can give the fans something to enjoy."

 

The Diamonds' poor run of results came to an end last Saturday with a dominant win over struggling Forfar Athletic.

With only two games remaining, Airdrie are still in with an outside shout of a promotion play-off place, but Saturday's victory ensured they won't be involved in the tussle at the bottom of the table.

Bain was pleased with the team performance.

"Everyone played their best and gave everything, because we knew a win would secure us for next season.

"Going into the last two games knowing we're safe takes a bit of pressure off us and lets us play with a bit of freedom."

Only two Airdrie wins and a huge slip-up from Stranraer can now see the Diamonds make the promotion play-offs.

Jamie admits it's a long-shot, but stresses that circumstances haven't exactly been normal at the club this season.

"If we don't make the play-offs, I wouldn't call it a failure with everything that's being going on.

"It would be disappointing though, because we have a great bunch of lads here and we know ourselves that we should be pushing into the top four".

Danny Lennon has a full squad for the match with the exception of Rangers loanee Jordan Thompson, whose season is over with an ankle injury.

Dunfermline may see another opportunity to give some fringe players a run out as the Pars visit New Broomfield for Airdrie's final home match of the season.

John McKendrick referees.

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