December 31, 2020
Dumbarton vs Airdrieonians
Craig Thomson is hopeful that Airdrie can kick off 2021 with a third win on the trot - and level the scores against Dumbarton.
Midfielder Thomson performed well at a wet and windy Broadwood Stadium last weekend as the Diamonds ran out 4-2 winners against Clyde to follow up their victory over league leaders Falkirk.
The 25-year-old was pleased to get the job done early on.
“It was difficult conditions for both teams, but we handled them better and got three goals in the first 20 minutes.
“Their first goal could have made things tricky with us playing into the wind, but Dale got our fourth to settle us down then it was just a case of seeing it out.
“We defended well and we could have added to the score, so overall it was a comfortable win.”
The match saw a first start for Thomson since October’s home defeat to Dumbarton, although the winger has featured as a substitute in every game since.
The former St.Johnstone man is hoping that his performance can keep him in the team.
“I was starting games early in the season, but obviously I’ve been coming off the bench for the last wee while so it was nice to get the full 90 minutes.
“I just need to keep kicking on from there and hopefully keep myself in the team, but the most important thing is helping the boys week in and week out.”
Thomson grabbed his first Airdrie goal at Peterhead in February, shortly before the 2019/20 season was prematurely ended.
Adding a superb second in this season’s Betfred Cup win at Stenhousemuir, he now hopes to start hitting the net more regularly.
“I think it’s something I need to add to my game, so hopefully I can get a few more this season.
“Even adding more assists is beneficial for the team, so I’m trying to do that too - but obviously everyone likes to score goals!”
Diamonds fans would have no complaints if Thomson could get his name on the scoresheet on Saturday as Airdrie seek to make amends for a disappointing 2-0 home defeat in October.
The venue was switched for that match due to a waterlogged pitch at the C&G Systems Stadium, meaning that the Diamonds head over the Erskine Bridge this weekend for the third of four consecutive away league games.
Craig is hopeful that Airdrie can get the win this time round and keep their run of wins going.
“Everyone was obviously disappointed after the last Dumbarton game, so it’s important that we try to put that right.
“I thought it was a game we were in control of, but we didn’t show enough going forward. They scored twice on the counter, and the second one just killed us off.
“We need to build on our last two wins and get a wee run together. Every game is important - teams at the top end have dropped points over the last few weeks, so it shows you how much the league has opened up.”
Manager Ian Murray is wary of his old side’s threat following the October defeat.
“It’s another tough one because they’ve beaten us already, but we go down there in good form and the early kick-off is another wee incentive to watch the other scores coming in later on.
“They’ve had some great results against ourselves, Cove and Partick, so we know they’re no mugs and we’ll need to be at our best to get three points.”
The Diamonds boss was pleased to report no further injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s 1:00pm kick off.
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Saturday January 2, 2020
C&G Systems Stadium, Dumbarton
Andy Milne, Ian Hart