April 22, 2022
Clyde vs Airdrieonians
Jordan Allan took the plaudits after netting Airdrie’s late winner against Dumbarton last weekend, but says the Diamonds are in for another tough 90 minutes at Broadwood.
Cove Rangers can secure the cinch League 1 title with a win over the Sons on Saturday, while Airdrie face Clyde knowing that nothing less than an away win coupled with defeat for Paul Hartley’s side will keep their hopes alive.
The Balmoral side must have believed the title was in the bag when their match against Alloa ended with Airdrie tied at 2-2, but substitute Allan popped up with a dramatic winner having only been on the pitch for six minutes.
The striker was understandably pleased with his contribution.
“I’m delighted obviously! I just knew that if the ball went in the box I’d take my chance. Obviously I’m delighted to get on the scoresheet again and get the three points.
“Whatever happens happens, it’s outwith our control. As long as we keep winning it just puts more pressure on them.”
Making an impact from the bench has become a habit for Allan, now in his third spell at the club after making history with his 2013 debut aged just 14, but the powerful frontman is pleased to be giving his manager a headache.
“If I get the chances, I’m always confident enough to put them away. As long as I’m working hard in training and doing what I’m doing when I come on, then it’s going to be a problem for the gaffer - obviously a good one for him to have!
“At the end of the day it’s frustrating from my point of view not playing a lot, but I’m just happy when I do I’m making an impact. You saw in January then on Saturday there, if I do get the chances I’m confident enough that I’ll put them away.”
Allan enjoyed a run of starts at the beginning of the season, then again in January when his form saw him named the supporters’ player of the month on the club’s social media channels.
His purple patch at the turn of the year included another late goal, against Clyde at Broadwood in a 2-2 draw.
The 23-year-old recalls another match with a frantic ending.
“I thought it was another last-minute winner! Obviously it turned out not to be.
“It just shows you how fast football can change. We thought we had won the game then they go up the park and score and we get a point out of it.”
The Diamonds return to Broadwood on Saturday to face a team who have upset the odds already when the sides have met this season.
Callum Smith and Calum Gallagher scored either side of a David Goodwillie penalty to hand Airdrie a home win in October, before that evening kick-off in January saw Dylan Easton and Rob Jones trade goals before Allan scored, only for Billy Mortimer to grab a last-gasp equaliser.
The sides drew again when they met at the Excelsior in February, Gabby McGill cancelling out Lewis Jamieson’s wonder-strike.
A good win over Montrose last weekend saw the Cumbernauld outfit secure their League 1 place, but Jordan says there’s no chance of Danny Lennon’s side downing tools with nothing to play for.
“It’s just another game and three points hopefully - then we move on to the week after, and whatever happens after that happens.
“Every game’s going to be tough for us, every team wants to beat Airdrie. We need to take that into Saturday - it’ll be a hard game, but we need to try to get the three points.
“For me personally, I just need to make my mark every time I go on the park. If it is the playoffs then we need to keep the winning streak going.”
Manager Ian Murray says nothing changes for his side.
“We approach it no differently.
“Of course we’re getting to that stage where we have to watch players’ fitness, and if there’s any risk with any of them, we won’t play them because we need everybody fresh going into these potential play-off games.
“We go into the game looking to win it, it’s as simple as that.”
The Diamonds boss hopes to have defenders Kyle MacDonald and Craig Watson available to play a part in the match, along with striker Gabby McGill. Midfielder Scott Agnew remains sidelined alongside defender Luke Lyons and striker Salim Kouider-Aïssa.
Barry Cook has refereed four Airdrie matches this season - none of which have ended in victory for the Diamonds.
As well as August’s 2-2 draw at Dumbarton, October’s 2-1 defeat at Alloa and February’s 1-1 draw at Cove, the whistler was also in charge of December’s match at Broadwood which was abandoned due to fog.
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Saturday April 23, 2022
Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld
Graham McNeillie, Steven Wilson