December 17, 2021
Clyde vs Airdrieonians
League defeats and late call-offs have made it a difficult few weeks for Airdrie, but Dylan Easton is eager to get back on track against Clyde on Saturday.
With last weekend’s home match against Queen’s Park called off due to Covid, the Diamonds were back in training this week ahead of Saturday’s trip to Broadwood - and midfielder Easton reflected on a disappointing spell.
“It’s been tough on the back of losses. It’s not what we were looking for, but we’ve always said this from the start of the season that with this squad, when we get a dunt it’s all about getting a reaction.
“I think on the Tuesday night (at Montrose) it was what we wanted, obviously the circumstances with the weather and the conditions were very difficult. It was the same for both teams, but I think being at 1-1 or even 0-0, the minimum you want to do is take a point.
“We’ve got to dust ourselves down again, have a good week’s training and go again on Saturday away to Clyde.”
While the squad as a whole were disappointed with the late postponement, Easton revealed that the enforced break allowed him to recover from a bruised rib sustained against Montrose.
“If the game was to go ahead on Saturday, I don’t think I’d have been available.
“So in a way I was happy, it’s such a big game against Queen’s Park. They’re the games you most want to play in, so as soon as I heard it was called off, slightly inside I was delighted!”
With the return to full training this week, the 27-year-old fans favourite is back in contention for another vital League 1 fixture - this time against one of his former clubs.
Easton turned out for Clyde in season 2016/17 before injury curtailed his time at Broadwood, but he has fond memories of his short spell at the Bully Wee.
“I actually really enjoyed my time there. I only played six or seven games before I got my serious injury, and I was loving it there. I was doing really well, and it was obviously horrible to get the injury.
“Going there on Saturday won’t be nice, but we’re looking to get the win and that’s obviously what I’ll be hoping to do.”
And with Danny Lennon’s side picking up seven points from their last four matches, the tide may be turning for the Cumbernauld men after a slow start to the campaign.
Dylan is wary of facing a side who will be on a high after a good win on the road last weekend.
“They pick up a lot of their results at home, but obviously last week at Alloa they’ve had a good result so they’ll be looking to keep that momentum going.
“We’re on the back of a loss, so we’re looking to put that right and pick up the three points.”
Manager Ian Murray used his free weekend to check out Saturday’s opponents.
“I went to Alloa Clyde on Saturday, and was very impressed by how hard Clyde worked within the game - they were very dogged and solid at the back.
“Alloa had a lot of possession and a couple of chances, but at no point in the game did I feel Clyde were under serious pressure or were going to lose the game.
“This week we’ve had to make sure that everyone’s okay - the legs, on the positive side, have been refreshed - and now we’re fully focussed towards the game.”
The Diamonds boss was remaining tight-lipped about the players at his disposal, saying only that a couple of injuries would have to be assessed before the match.
Referee Barry Cook has already officiated two Airdrie matches this season, August’s 2-2 draw at Dumbarton and the 2-1 defeat at Alloa in October.
Match tickets and livestream access for Saturday’s match can be purchased using the link below.
Saturday December 18, 2021
Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld
Daniel McFarlane, Stuart Hodge