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Queen of the South preview

18th July 2016

Iain Russell believes Friday's performance against Partick Thistle can inspire the Diamonds to a win against his former club Queen of the South.

Airdrie travel to Palmerston Park to take on Gavin Skelton's Championship side after a narrow defeat in the Betfred Cup Group E opener against Partick Thistle on Friday evening.

Russell was delighted to make his first Diamonds appearance.

"Obviously the result wasn't ideal, but it was great to make my debut at home.

"To finally play a competitive game for Airdrie felt absolutely brilliant."

On the game itself, Russell felt the side acquitted themselves well.

"I thought we did okay. Overall Partick maybe just edged it, but I thought we competed well - we still tried to pass the ball as we've been doing all pre-season but we just didn't get the result."

Having spent three seasons at Queen of the South, it's a quick return to familiar territory for the striker.

"I'm looking forward to it. It's another hard game for us, it's been a hard start to the season playing two teams in leagues above us.

"Obviously it's nice to go back down to Queens, but that's taken out of the equation because I just want to go and win.

"It'll be a tough game down at Palmerston but it's important for us to continue what we've been doing.

"Everyone's looking forward to it, Friday night showed we can compete and on another day we might have taken our chances." 

First Team Coach Kevin McBride is expecting a difficult challenge.

"It's going to be a difficult game, we know how good a team Queen of the South are - but going by the game on Friday we've set our standards now and we don't want to drop below that.

"Hopefully we can go down there and get the fans a result."

McBride has a full squad at his disposal for the trip to Palmerston, with "a few niggles" being monitored but unlikely to keep anyone out of the game.

Queens got their campaign off to a winning start, registering a 2-0 victory over Queen's Park in a match played at Airdrie's Excelsior Stadium.

The Doonhamers finished seventh in last season's championship, but saw several departures over the close season - including Russell and Ryan Conroy to Airdrie.

Manager Skelton has brought in five new players including goalkeeper Lee Robinson and Australian forward Lyndon Dykes.

Referee Nick Walsh is the man in the middle for the 7:45pm kick off at Palmerston.

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