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Albion Rovers preview

23rd September 2016

Kevin McBride believes the Monklands derby spoils will go to whoever shows the most desire.

The Airdrie head coach is preparing for the visit of neighbours Albion Rovers this weekend, and he's expecting an interesting showdown.

"It should be an exciting one. All form goes out the window in these games, anything that's happened in the past doesn't matter.

"It's all about who wants it the most on the day."

Three points separate the sides going into Saturday's match, with McBride's Diamonds sitting above Rovers on eight points having won two, drawn two and lost two.

The latest draw came last week at home to East Fife, which left McBride bemoaning his side's lack of cutting edge compared to previous matches.

With another home game this weekend, the gaffer only has one objective.

"We go into every game aiming to win the three points, plain and simple.

"It's another home game and we're desperate to get back to winning ways."

Darren Young's Rovers have had a tough start to the season but the lengthy injury list which has hampered their progress is now beginning to clear, and McBride expects them to be up for the derby.

"They have players coming back and we know we're going to face a difficult challenge. They have some excellent players there."

Conor McLaughlin looked to be a fitness doubt for the Diamonds after taking a heavy knock during last weekend's match, but the midfielder has made a quick recovery and played the entire 90 minutes of Thursday's Development League West game against Morton.

Saturday's referee is Crawford Allan.

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