Airdrieonians vs Peterhead preview
28th August 2015
Neil Parry was the man in the firing line during Rangers' devastating League Cup display, but the goalkeeper is fully focussed on league success.
Airdrie were on the receiving end of a 5-0 defeat by the in-form Championship side on Wednesday, but had picked up their first league points against Brechin days before, and will look to add to that tally when Peterhead come to visit this weekend.
Parry says the Diamonds could have few complaints about the scoreline, but may have learned a thing or two from the visitors' performance.
"Rangers were superb and deserved their win.
"The gaffer said after the match that that's the type of football we should be aspiring to, and he's right.
"I think quite a few teams will face heavy defeats like that against Rangers this season."
With the cup tie out the way, Gary Bollan's men can concentrate on their league campaign - which Parry says was always top priority.
"Whilst the Rangers game was great for revenue and publicity for the Club, it's the league that we are focusing on.
"We haven't started great but we have a good group of players and promotion is our aim this year."
So it's back to the bread and butter of League One, but another in-form team come calling in the shape of Jim McInally's Peterhead.
Striker Rory McAllister already has an incredible ten goals to his name this season - five of which came in one cup tie at Falkirk.
Neil isn't expecting an easy shift, but is quietly confident.
"Peterhead is always a tough match and it won't be any different on Saturday.
"They had a couple of great results last week against Falkirk and Dunfermline, but we need to be looking to win our home games - and if we play as well as we can there's no reason we can't pick up three points.
"Rory's on fire just now and he's probably the quality of a full time player playing part time.
"We have 2 excellent centre halfs in Sean and big Al, so we will all be focused in looking to keep him out the game.
"There are plenty of other threats too, but it's up to us to keep them on the back foot and to show our own attacking threat."
Two familiar faces in the Blue Toon's ranks are ex-Diamonds Nathan Blockley and Jamie Stevenson, both of whom have been ever-present for Peterhead this season.
Jim Lister and Marc Fitzpatrick are still on the treatment table for Airdrie, with Kevin McBride's progress being monitored.
Alan Newlands is the referee for the first meeting of the sides this season.