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Airdrieonians vs Brechin City

7th April 2017

Kyle Hutton is confident Airdrie have what it takes to beat Brechin City and move back into a play-off spot.

The on-loan St Mirren man has put in some impressive performances recently, earning him the fans' player of the month award on social media.


Hutton was pleased to win the vote.


"I'm delighted that the fans have chosen me. I've been pleased with how I've been playing recently.


"Sometimes it takes a while to get up and running when you first come in to a new club, but overall I'm happy with how it's gone."


A tireless shift from the midfielder was an important part of a dominant Airdrie performance against Peterhead last week, but the Diamonds had to settle for a point after being denied by a penalty save and two goal-line clearances.


The draw came after a defeat at league leaders Livingston and a home win over Stenhousemuir, and Hutton admits that inconsistency has cost the side a title challenge.


"There's definitely been games that we should have won, but lapses in concentration have cost us."


With third-placed Brechin visiting New Broomfield this weekend, the play-off race is tighter than ever. A win would take Airdrie above City as the end of the season draws ever closer.


Kyle believes last week's performance was a timely boost for the Diamonds squad.


"We're very confident, especially after playing really well last week. We just couldn't get that second goal, but Peterhead is a tough place to go.


"The way we played has given us a lift, and I fully expect to get the three points on Saturday.


"The play-off games are all about momentum, so if we finish strongly enough to get there then we have a good chance with the group of players we have."


Head coach Mark Wilson expects a different game to last month's rearranged fixture at Glebe Park.


"Our pitch is bigger, faster and obviously a lot flatter, so I think a lot more football will be played.


"It's important that we give ourselves the best possible chance by cutting out individual mistakes.


"When we do that, we look like a solid enough team - and we definitely have the players that can go up the other end and score goals for us."


With the exception of long-term absentee Marc Fitzpatrick, the Diamonds boss has a full squad to choose from as he welcomes striker Andy Ryan back from suspension.


Graham Beaton referees the New Broomfield clash. His two previous Airdrie matches this season were the 1-1 draw with East Fife in September and January's 2-1 Hampden defeat by Queen's Park.

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