August 20, 2021
Peterhead vs Airdrieonians
Jordan Allan is focussing on the positives as Airdrie try to turn performances into points with a win at Peterhead this weekend.
The Diamonds have put in vastly improved displays in recent weeks, but still only have one point to show for their efforts after a draw at Dumbarton and a home defeat to Falkirk.
Allan says togetherness is key as the striker looks to call upon his eight years of experience in the senior game - despite being only 22 years of age.
The former Academy star wrote his name in the history books as he made his Diamonds debut at the age of 14, but he is concentrating on the future as he recalls that day in 2013.
“It’s a while ago now! I came in from school and Boyley, the gaffer at the time, phoned me and said that I’d be involved in the squad - my first reaction was “am I starting?”, and he burst out laughing!
“It was good but it’s obviously a long time ago now, a lot has happened since then and I’m trying to make more memories here.”
A big move to Wolves followed for Allan, who shone in the Molineux youth system, consistently playing for teams above his age group just as he had done at Airdrie.
A loan spell back at the Diamonds followed in 2017 before Allan made a permanent return north of the border with Cowdenbeath a year later.
After two seasons at Central Park, the forward moved up a division with Forfar Athletic.
“I enjoyed making the step up to League 1, but the travelling is hard.
“Playing during a pandemic is tough, late nights when you can’t get a shower - it is tough, but I enjoyed my time up there. The travelling is a lot, but it was worth it in the end.”
Following a summer return to the Penny Cars Stadium, Jordan and his new Airdrie team-mates are back on the road north as they face Peterhead at Balmoor on Saturday.
The match follows a 2-1 defeat to Falkirk in which the Diamonds controlled possession, but were ultimately unable to claw back the deficit.
“We were the better team over 90 minutes, but at the end of the day they’ve scored two and we’ve only scored one, so it’s disappointing.
“We just need to keep building on those performances, push on and hopefully get three points on Saturday.”
Those points would come courtesy of an away win against the Blue Toon - but Jordan knows that Balmoor can be a difficult place to play.
“I’ve had a couple of decent results up there, with Forfar last season we got a great result. It’s a tough place to go, but I think we’re more than capable of going up there and getting three points.
“It’s been disappointing not to get any wins, but in the group as a whole I think we’re quite positive. We’ll take the positives out the games that we’ve played - you’ve got to stick together as a tight group and we can only be positive looking forward.”
Ian Murray agrees that a tough trip lies ahead, but the Airdrie gaffer believes the grass pitch will suit the attacking talent at his disposal.
“Peterhead got off to a great start with their win - since then it’s been a bit different for them, but it’s always a very difficult place to go. They’ve got certain individuals that can cause you problems and they know what this league is all about.
“The positive thing for us is that we’ve got a decent record up there. The pitch is fantastic which is good for our football players, but we need to make sure that we get them on the ball and make sure that they’re firing. We’re looking forward to it.”
The Diamonds boss also confirmed that three players continue to miss out, describing Josh Kerr and Salim Kouider-Aïssa as “a wee bit away”.
Defender Luke Lyons may be sidelined longer than expected after it was discovered that his shoulder injury required surgery.
Sam Wardrop returns from suspension for the trip north.
Referee Calum Scott takes charge of the Aberdeenshire clash, which you can watch on Blue Toon TV using the link below.
Saturday August 21, 2021
Balmoor Stadium, Peterhead
Dougie Potter, Calum Doyle