August 13, 2021
Airdrieonians vs Falkirk
Adam Frizzell impressed on his Diamonds debut at Dumbarton last weekend, and the attacking midfielder wants three points against Falkirk to kickstart Airdrie’s season.
A last-gasp fightback saw the Sons take a share of the points after Gabby McGill and Rhys McCabe had given Ian Murray’s side a two goal cushion, with Frizzell pulling the strings in midfield alongside McCabe and Dylan Easton before a controversial red card saw the Diamonds reduced to ten men.
The 23-year-old was disappointed with the outcome, but pleased with his own debut performance.
“I thought I was decent - I probably tired towards the end of the game, especially when we were down to ten. I thought we were brilliant for the most part of the game, we showed what we can do which is the main thing.
“I know we dropped two points, that’s the way we’re viewing it because we were in the ascendency, but as I say we showed what we can do and if we play like that all season I’m sure we’ll be absolutely fine.”
Airdrie’s improving form over recent seasons has seen them finish third and then second in the League 1 table, and like the other new arrivals at the Penny Cars Stadium, Frizzell has spoken of his desire to continue that trend with a title win.
Such ambition can put pressure on a team, but the former Kilmarnock youth insists the Diamonds will thrive on it.
“That’s what you want. We want to set goals like that, and certainly with the squad we’ve got we’re very, very capable.
“We showed shades of that on Saturday and if we can put performances like that together consistently we’re definitely going to be up there.”
On a personal level, Frizzell has already shown his direct approach in his solitary appearance for the club after shaking off a pre-season hamstring strain.
Asked what his own aims are, he revealed the demands he’s putting on himself.
“Score goals and create goals, hopefully! That’s what I’m looking to do and that’s what I want to add to my game.
“Hopefully I can do that and help us push for that promotion.”
The Diamonds welcome Falkirk to the Penny Cars Stadium this weekend as they look to get a first win on the board.
A late collapse saw the Bairns miss out on the play-offs last season, and Airdrie have enjoyed some pleasing results against them since they dropped down from the Championship in season 2018/19.
Airdrie’s late run saw the Diamonds finish second last season, overtaking Falkirk who finished in fifth place. A summer overhaul has seen a new manager, Paul Sheerin, take the reins, while there has also been a large turnaround in players - including former Airdrie defender Leon McCann moving to The Falkirk Stadium.
Despite big changes in both camps, a tough 90 minutes awaits as always - but Adam hopes the Diamonds can take the game to their opponents.
“I’ve not seen much of them but obviously we know what we’ll get - they’ve got a big budget and it’ll be a good game. They like to play football as well, so we’ll see… we certainly fancy ourselves.
“When I went there with Dumbarton we were sitting in and soaking the pressure up, and that’s not what we want to do on Saturday - we want to get on the ball and be putting them under pressure."
Manager Ian Murray wants a repeat of the display that had his side in a commanding position before last weekend’s late drama.
“Both clubs have made a lot of changes - we’ve got a great record against Falkirk over the last three years, but ultimately that counts for nothing on Saturday.
“If we take our performance from large parts of last Saturday into this one, we’ve got a heck of a chance - but we’re playing against a very good side who have good players and got a great win under their belts last week.”
The Diamonds boss confirmed that defender Luke Lyons and striker Salim Kouider-Aïssa remain sidelined, while Josh Kerr faces fitness checks prior to the match. Scott Walker resumed full training this week and is expected to be ready to join the squad.
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Saturday August 14, 2021
Penny Cars Stadium, Airdrie
Chris Phillips, Calum Doyle