October 7, 2022
Airdrieonians vs Queen of the South
Lewis Jamieson grabbed his second Airdrie goal at Montrose on Tuesday, and the on-loan striker hopes to play an important part when Queen of the South visit the Excelsior this weekend.
The Diamonds dominated on chances as they ended the first quarter of the league campaign at Links Park, but hosts Montrose finished ahead in terms of the only statistic that counts - the final score.
Airdrie were 2-0 down after a nightmare start, but a spirited fightback saw St Mirren loanee Jamieson grab the equaliser after Calum Gallagher had pulled one back.
Two late goals from substitute Craig Johnston sealed the win for the Gable Endies, and Jamieson says there’s room for improvement after a mixed first quarter for the Diamonds.
“On a personal level, I think I’ve been alright - I could obviously give a bit more in terms of assists and goals.
“On a whole, results haven’t sometimes gone our way, but performances are there or thereabouts where we want them to be. As we say in the changing room, we can always go one step further.”
After taking his chance from the bench following a tenth-minute injury to Adam Frizzell, 20-year-old Jamieson is redoubling his efforts in training as he looks to add to his goal tally.
“All round we could be doing better. I had a lot more chances than just that one. Sometimes they go in, sometimes they don’t.
“From a personal point of view I’m taking that into training, having standards and making sure I put everything in the back of the net - and taking that into Saturday’s game.”
The game in question is a second meeting of the season with Willie Gibson’s Queen of the South, who have suffered an inconsistent start to their cinch League 1 campaign after coming down from the Championship.
The sides drew 1-1 at Palmerston in August, Gallagher and Gavin Reilly trading goals in a match which was at times farcical due to the oppressive temperature.
The Doonhamers’ form since then sees them sitting seventh in the table, five points behind fourth-placed Airdrie with a game in hand.
Lewis believes the Diamonds must put on a good display to end a three-match losing run - and the striker aims to be a key figure in achieving that.
“It’s my aim every game to make sure I contribute to us getting the three points on a Saturday.
“Hopefully we can come here on Saturday, put on a good performance and get the three points.”
Player-manager Rhys McCabe says the home fixture is the ideal opportunity to turn things around.
“We’re in a bit of a slump just now, conceding a few goals - we’ll look to make that right on Saturday.
“It’s about trying to build that level of consistency and performance.”
Midfielder Adam Frizzell (ankle) and defender Callum Fordyce (head) were both forced off at Montrose and their condition will continue to be monitored in the lead-up to the match. Goalkeeper Josh Rae remains sidelined as he recovers from surgery.
Referee Peter Stuart is in charge of his first Airdrie match of the season.
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Saturday October 8, 2022
Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie
Michael Banks, Steven Spence