Preview: Alloa Athletic vs Airdrieonians
March 15, 2018
Ryan Conroy is delighted to be back in the Diamond, and the Airdrie captain is aiming for back-to-back wins over Alloa.
Midfielder Conroy made his first start in over three months against Stranraer on Tuesday evening, capping a fine performance with a goal from the penalty spot as Airdrie won 2-1.
"It was good to get back playing after a nightmare few months. I'm not really used to being out injured, so it was very frustrating - but I'm delighted to be back.
"It was nice to get the goal as well. When Darryl was fouled I thought he would want it, but he was happy to step aside and let me take it. I don't want to jinx it, but I don't think I've ever missed a penalty!
"Hopefully I'll get a few more before the end of the season."
Having captained the side for the majority of the season in Marc Fitzpatrick's absence, Conroy has been watching from the sidelines himself in recent weeks - a new experience for the 30-year-old.
"You obviously see the game differently when you're higher than pitch level. It can be even more frustrating when the team aren't getting results - I feel like we've played well in some of the games that we've lost.
"At home we play with confidence, we enjoy playing here on the big pitch, but I think sometimes we need to have more of a battling mentality away from home."
The Diamonds are on the road again this weekend as they travel to the Indodrill Stadium to take on fourth-placed Alloa Athletic.
Ryan is confident that Airdrie can put on a performance in Clackmannanshire.
"It's always a tight match when we play Alloa, they like to play football as well and it's a similar surface to ours down there.
"We'll take confidence from Tuesday night, and the fact that we've already beaten them this season. We play them again next Tuesday, and it will be a very different game but Saturday's performance is important because it puts down a marker.
"We've got a good squad now with a healthy competition for places, and as always we'll go into the game with the mentality that we can take the three points."
Manager Stevie Findlay added "We're looking forward to it on the the back of a battling performance on Tuesday night.
"We've got to improve on our away record, but we expect a difficult game as Alloa have been doing well.
"If we go there and put on a hard-working performance like we did on Tuesday, we believe we can win the game."
Midfielder Tom Fry has picked up a concussion and will miss the trip to the Indodrill on medical advice.
Graham Beaton will referee the tie, his first Airdrie match this season.