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Dunfermline Athletic vs Airdrieonians preview

28th January 2016

Dylan Mackin wants to fire Airdrie to the play-offs - starting with a win over Dunfermline on Friday night.

The on-loan Motherwell striker made his full debut in last weekend's 3-3 draw at Brechin, following a late cameo in the Scottish Cup tie against Dundee United.

Mackin is settling in well at New Broomfield alongside fellow Well youngster David Ferguson, and has been impressed by what he's seen.

"It's been easy settling in, they're a great bunch of boys.

"A couple of them were at Motherwell when we were younger, and obviously Fergie coming with me helped!

"My first impressions have been really good, there's real quality in the squad."

Veteran frontman Jim Lister opened the scoring at Glebe Park on Saturday, with defender Sean Crighton adding another couple in a good first half for the Diamonds.

Hosts City fought back for a 3-3 draw, but Mackin hopes to be among the goals before long.

"I'm here to contribute as much to the team as I can - obviously with me being a striker, that should be through scoring goals".

Two new signings made their debuts at Brechin, with Ferguson and midfielder Hugo Faria playing the full 90. Kieran MacDonald awaits his bow as he continues to work towards match fitness.

A tough trip to East End Park is next up for Eddie Wolecki Black's men as they face Dunfermline in a Friday night match televised on BBC Alba.

The Fifers are seven points clear at the top of the league after an impressive first half of the season, but Dylan says the Diamonds can get a result with a little self-belief.

"Dunfermline are a really good team and they're top of the league for a reason, but we have to think positive and believe we can go there and get the win.

"Personally I think we're good enough to finish in the top four come the end of the season, so we don't fear anyone."

Neil Parry and David Cox return from suspension for Airdrie, who put in a solid performance to draw 1-1 in their previous trip to East End.

Allan Johnstone will be hoping his Dunfermline side can get back to winning ways following a goalless draw at Peterhead, but they will have to do so without Marc McAusland, who left the club this week to pursue a career overseas.

Don Robertson referees the Friday night tie, which kicks off at 7:45pm.

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