September 2, 2022
Airdrieonians vs FC Edinburgh
Adam Frizzell was pleased to grab Airdrie’s equaliser at Dunfermline - but the midfielder doesn’t mind who finds the net this weekend as long as the Diamonds manage a positive result against FC Edinburgh.
Airdrie maintained their unbeaten run - and their place at the top of the cinch League 1 table - after a spirited fightback at East End Park, with Frizzell netting a fine half-volley to level the tie after Callum Fordyce’s unfortunate own goal had given the home side a second-half lead.
Midfielder Frizzell was pleased to add to his goal in the season opener against Cowdenbeath.
“I hadn’t scored for a while, since the cup, so I was delighted to score. I said at the start of the season that’s what I want to do, get more goals and assists.
“The most important thing is that we got a good result away to Dunfermline who are title favourites, so we’re showing we’ll be right there.”
At just 24 years of age, Frizzell has found himself as one of the older heads in a young Diamonds squad following player-manager Rhys McCabe’s summer overhaul.
With the departure of Dylan Easton, the former Kilmarnock man is often the focal point of the side’s attacking midfield play, and he’s relishing the role.
“It’s pretty much the same team except we lost the spark with Easty, so it’s up to other players to take that on - and that’s what I intend to do.
“It’s a young squad, so I’ve found myself in a position where I’m one of the senior ones. It’s good, it’s a great squad and we’re all in it together pushing for the same thing.”
On Saturday Airdrie welcome FC Edinburgh to the Excelsior for the second time this season, having drawn with the capital side in the Premier Sports Cup in July.
The Diamonds missed a host of chances - and a penalty - that evening, so will be hoping for a more clinical display, but Frizzell warns that Alan Maybury’s side are more than capable of posing problems.
“They’ve started well, they’re a well drilled team. They’re decent, well-organised and the two strikers are a threat, so we need to be wary of that.
“We’ll need to go and impose our game on them. At the end of the day, it’s about us every week - if we play the way we know we can, I’m confident we’ll get the three points.”
And with two goals already under his belt - half of last season’s tally - Adam will be keen to get on the scoresheet again… but he’s happy for others to find the net as the Diamonds begin to fire on all cylinders.
“I think a good few have pitched in so far, and that’s definitely positive.
“As I say we all want the same thing, so it doesn’t matter who’s getting the goals as long as we get the results.”
Manager Rhys McCabe wants to see continued progress from his side as they look to continue their fine home form.
“In the game that we played in the Premier Sports Cup, we dominated the ball in terms of possession and chances, but we’ve come away from the game with a draw and obviously we lose in the penalty shoot-out.
“They’ve started reasonably well coming up, and Alan Maybury will have them well organised.
“They’ve got some good individuals as we’ve seen, so we’ve got to make sure we build on that Dunfermline performance and we keep that run going.”
Goalkeeper Josh Rae continues to miss out with a shoulder injury. Midfielder Dean McMaster is back in full training after eight weeks on the sidelines, and got some game-time with St Mirren’s reserve squad during the week.
Defender Cammy Ballantyne is expected to be fully fit after picking up a slight knock against Dunfermline, and new signings Alex Henderson and Aaron Taylor-Sinclair are available for selection.
Referee Graham Grainger is in charge of his first Airdrie match of the season.
Tickets are available using the link below.
Saturday September 3, 2022
Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie
Colin McAlpine, Ross Cooper