July 20, 2021
Airdrieonians vs Motherwell
Max Currie earned a place in the Premier Sports team of the round with his performance against Queen’s Park, and the goalkeeper wants more of the same when Motherwell come to town.
The Steelmen visit the Penny Cars Stadium on Wednesday evening as the Diamonds play their third Group F match, and Currie is in the mood for more heroics - although he’d prefer the temperature to be slightly lower than Saturday’s trip to Maryhill.
“It was hot! It was the same the last time we played at Firhill, when we played Thistle last season it was a scorching day.
“In terms of myself, I thought I had a decent enough game. I made some saves at big times in the game and it gave us enough to get the extra bonus point.”
That bonus point came courtesy of a penalty shoot-out, with Currie saving twice to help the Diamonds to a 4-3 win.
The 24-year-old is well prepared for such eventualities.
“We work a lot on penalties here with Jim (Low). As a goalie you can’t really lose, you just hope to make a couple of saves and do your bit for the team.
“Jim looks at opposition players and where their previous penalties have been and sends the information over. It’s just your luck whether the player goes that way on the day.”
With the Lanarkshire derby returning for the first time in 14 years, Currie expects preparations to be normal as he faces a side where he spent time as a youngster.
“I played there for three or four years. It’s a good club, I was there when I was younger then I went full-time for a couple of years.
“We’re looking forward to playing them. It is a derby, but we’ve got to just go into it the same way as any other game.”
A win over their old rivals would undoubtedly give the Diamonds a huge boost ahead of the League One campaign, and Max is in no doubt regarding his aims for the upcoming season.
“Probably the same as what we said at the end of last season. After the defeat at Morton we all want to go one better.
“At Queen’s Park, although we had a depleted squad, we showed what we’re capable of. So certainly for this season I would say that we can hopefully go one better than we did last season.”
Manager Ian Murray added: “A midweek derby going into the new season - there’s not too many things better than that.
“It’s a very difficult group that we’re in, and we go into the game knowing that if we win we’ve got a heck of a chance.
“Motherwell have a really good manager who has just come in and is probably still trying to implement his style of play, but you can see what they’re trying to do.”
The Diamonds boss confirmed that defender Luke Lyons has joined the injury list after damaging his shoulder during Saturday’s match, but Josh Kerr and midfielder Rhys McCabe are expected to return.
As Wednesday’s match is televised, we’re unable to provide our usual live stream, but you can buy tickets for the big derby using the link below.
Wednesday July 21, 2021
Penny Cars Stadium, Airdrie
Ralph Gordon, Andy Milne