Preview: Alloa Athletic vs Airdrieonians

November 2, 2017

David Brownlie was pleased to get his first Airdrie goal against Albion Rovers, and says the Diamonds have their confidence back as they prepare to face Alloa Athletic.

The central defender netted the opener in last weekend's Monklands derby, and was pleased to open his account.

"It was a good experience for me, because that was my first professional goal.

"I think the fact it came in a Monklands derby made it extra special. Running to the fans - and seeing how happy they were to go in front - was brilliant."

Brownlie's height and aerial ability are a danger in the opposition box from set plays, and he showed composure to turn home a loose ball from Tom Fry's corner kick.

The 20-year-old is keen to get his name on the scoresheet again.

"Every goal I can get I'll happily take. Obviously my main threat is from setpieces, and I'd love to score more and help the team win games."

On the game itself, Brownlie stressed the importance of not losing after the previous week's disastrous defeat at Arbroath - but he and his Diamonds team-mates were less than satisfied with the 2-2 draw.

"We were disappointed not to get the three points, with them having men sent off we felt we should have won the game.

 

"If we couldn't win we knew we had to draw - losing wasn't an option after the Arbroath game, so we'll take the point - but as a team we're disappointed that we didn't get the win."

The draw saw Airdrie remain in eighth place in the League One table, but with Saturday's opponents Alloa only two points ahead, David knows that a win would see the Diamonds leapfrog their rivals.

"The draw with Rovers is a good result to build on ahead of the Alloa game, it's restored our confidence and I think we can only fix the disappointment of not beating Rovers by getting a win this weekend.

"We obviously want to start climbing the table - a win would start that and hopefully set us off on a winning streak that would see us move up the league."

First team coach Stephen Findlay added: "We're looking forward to the game, and taking the positives from last week's performance into what will be another challenging match.

"The players are focussed and working hard on ensuring we build up momentum going forward."

Goalkeepers Rohan Ferguson and Matthew Kerr are again expected to miss out through injury, alongside long-term absentee Marc Fitzpatrick.

The Diamonds medical staff are pleased with the progress of Adam Brown, although Saturday's match may come too soon for the midfielder.

Grant Irvine referees the Indodrill tie.

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