Preview: Airdrieonians vs Forfar Athletic
November 30, 2017
Scott Stewart says Airdrie didn't turn up as he made his 100th appearance last weekend, but the Diamonds are determined to prove a point against Forfar.
The versatile 21-year-old, the son of Airdrie legend Sandy, made his century at Bayview and marked it with a goal inside the first minute - but the Diamonds went on to lose the game 6-1.
Stewart is struggling to put his finger on a reason for the scoreline.
"It was extremely disappointing. We all know it wasn't good enough from us, and it wasn't anywhere near the standard of performance that we've shown we can put in this season.
"We got off to a good start, but it was the same at Arbroath. It's a hard one to explain, we just never turned up for some reason. That shows in the result."
With this weekend's opponents Forfar Athletic only three points behind Airdrie, Saturday's meeting at New Broomfield has become vitally important.
The Loons have seen an improvement in results since replacing Gary Bollan with former Elgin City boss Jim Weir, and come to Airdrie knowing that a win will take them level on points with the Diamonds.
Stewart believes the manner of the East Fife results adds an extra incentive.
"I think we need to go into the game with the mindset that we have to prove a point.
"We have a chance to rectify the wrongs from last Saturday, and if we look at it that way we'll go in with the right attitude to go and get a result."
If selected, Scott will make his 101st appearance against Forfar. The midfielder is delighted with his achievement - and with his personal progress.
"Obviously Saturday wasn't the result I would have wanted at all, but it's pleasing to get to 100 appearances. Every season I aim to build on the previous one, so each year I'm looking to start more games and improve my performances, and I think I've managed to do that.
"I've still got a long way to go to catch up with my dad - he reminded me of that when I spoke to him on Saturday night!
"It would be amazing to get anywhere near his total."
Diamonds first team coach Stephen Findlay reiterated the desire to grab a vital win.
"We’re going to have to show a level of intensity and a level of quality that we haven’t shown in the last two weeks, and we’re going to have to roll our sleeves up and make sure that we come away with maximum points.
"That’s what we’re focussed on, and we know we owe it to the fans. "
Rohan Ferguson is back in contention for the Diamonds after recovering from a back injury. The goalkeeper played in the U20s 7-0 win over Queen of the South on Monday. David Brownlie (hand) and Marc Fitzpatrick (knee) continue to miss out.
Gavin Ross referees the tie. He previously officiated Airdrie's September away defeat at Stranraer.