January 14, 2022
Airdrieonians vs Falkirk
Dave was a well-respected figure who truly had East Fife at heart, and we enjoyed his company on his many visits to Airdrie over the years.
Max Currie is feeling confident after three consecutive clean sheets, and the Diamonds keeper wants the side to keep their good form going against Falkirk on Saturday.
Last weekend’s 3-0 win over East Fife made it five goals for and zero against as the Diamonds built on the Boxing Day victory against Alloa Athletic to record their fourth win on the trot.
Goals from Jordan Allan, Adam Frizzell and Dylan Easton had the match sewn up by half-time, but another strong performance from the Diamonds rearguard was equally important.
Currie says consistency is key.
“I’m delighted, it’s always good to get a shut-out and get a win with it.
“We’ve had a settled back four now - it normally chops and changes, but I think we’ve limited teams to very few chances.”
However, the goalkeeper also admits that good fortune played a part when the Fifers somehow managed to spurn three chances in quick succession just before Airdrie scored their third.
“I was in a position where I was expecting Ryan Wallace just to blast it, and he’s kinda sclaffed his shot.
“I got down to it and knocked it and by the time I got back up Aggy and Dycey were there - just a bit of luck!”
Knowing that team-mates will be there to assist is an important factor for the side ahead of another tricky run of fixtures, according to the 24-year-old.
“You see this season certainly that all the players are there to help each other out and dig each other out if something’s not going well in the game.
“We’re going into every game expecting to win it, and hopefully we’ll just keep climbing the table.
“Months like this can go two ways for you, you can either climb the table and be within a point or two of the top or you could come out without any points and find yourself fifth or sixth in the league again.”
Falkirk present the next challenge for the Diamonds as they visit Monklands on Saturday with a new man in the dug-out, Martin Rennie.
Under the stewardship of previous boss Paul Sheerin, the Bairns have faced Airdrie twice this season - winning 2-1 at the Penny Cars Stadium in August before Ian Murray’s side exacted their revenge with an excellent 3-0 win at The Falkirk Stadium two months later.
Max is aiming for another three points as the Diamonds look to continue their challenge for the cinch League 1 title.
“Every game we go into looking to win, and Saturday’s no different.
“I know Falkirk have just got a new manager and had a great win at the weekend - but we’re in good form with three clean sheets out the last four, so we’re looking to go into the game and continue things as they are.”
Manager Ian Murray is hoping to be back in the dug-out after missing last week’s match through illness, but it was player-assistant boss Scott Agnew who was looking ahead to the Falkirk tie after overseeing last weekend’s victory.
“It’ll be a difficult game, they’ve got good players.
“We were very good at The Falkirk Stadium last time and won quite convincingly, but no two games are the same so we’ll prepare for Saturday.
“It’ll be a very tough game, but the form we’re in we’ll be looking for three points.”
Striker Calum Gallagher will continue to be assessed after picking up a knock against Dumbarton earlier this month, while fellow forwards Gabby McGill and Salim Kouider-Aïssa remain sidelined with longer-term injuries, as does defender Luke Lyons.
Referee Duncan Williams was previously in charge of December’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Montrose.
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Saturday January 15, 2022
Penny Cars Stadium, Airdrie
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