November 4, 2022
Clyde vs Airdrieonians
Dean Lyness wants Airdrie to build on last weekend’s superb win as the Diamonds make the short trip across Lanarkshire to face Clyde.
The Bully Wee are currently tenants at Hamilton Academical’s ZLX Stadium after leaving Broadwood at the end of last season, but that’s not the only period of transition the club find themselves in as they made the decision to part company with Danny Lennon this week after five years in the hot-seat.
A run of ten straight league defeats sees the side languishing in the bottom two, but goalkeeper Lyness says the Diamonds shouldn’t be looking over their shoulders after a superb 4-0 win over Montrose.
The Englishman joined the club after leaving St Mirren last month, and was pleased to pick up his first clean sheet as the impressive win brought Airdrie’s own winless streak to an end.
“I feel like it’s been a long time coming, so I’m just delighted with the convincing win and a clean sheet to top it off.
“We’ve conceded far too many goals and that’s what’s been costing us games. We can see all the attacking talent we’ve got in the group, so if we can build on that clean sheet from the weekend and really give the boys the freedom to go and score goals, it’ll make the difference for us.”
Striker Lewis Jamieson grabbed the headlines against Stewart Petrie’s side with a superb hat-trick, but a solid defensive display was equally encouraging, with Lyness largely untroubled between the sticks.
The 31-year-old has enjoyed his time in Monklands so far, and is impressed by the standard in cinch League 1.
“I’ve really enjoyed it, apart from results-wise - that’s obviously been disappointing up until the weekend there - we’ve really got to try and build on it, put as many results together as we can and try to climb back up the league table.
“It’s a very competitive league. There are some big clubs in League 1, and it’s up to us to make our mark and get ourselves back competing at the right end of the table.”
With Airdrie taking on the bottom two - Clyde and Peterhead - in their next two matches, the opportunity is there to show the intent that saw the side top the table in the early stages.
Clyde will face the Diamonds under the interim management of former Airdrie midfielder Allan Moore - who has the distinction of being the first player to score at the Excelsior Stadium as York City visited in 1998.
While last weekend’s result will undoubtedly be a boost to Dean and his team-mates, the big goalie says that hard work is more important.
“We’ll prepare this week as we do any other week, whoever the opposition is. We’ve got to make sure we put the work in, and take confidence from the way we played on Saturday and really try to build on it now.
“It’s a confident group anyway. All we can do is try to take that belief that we’re doing the right things on the training pitch and we’ll get the rewards on a Saturday.
“That starts with hard work, then it’s backing your ability to produce at the weekend.”
Manager Rhys McCabe is aware that Clyde’s position makes them a potential banana-skin as Airdrie look to put together back-to-back wins for the first time since August.
“Clyde are going through a change of manager process just now, and I’m under no illusion that it’ll be a tough game, arguably one of the toughest we’ve had in a wee while.
“The run of results that they’ve been on would suggest that we’d like to go in and win the game, but we know that it’s going to be tough and we’ve got to make sure that we’re on our A-game.
“We’re hoping to go there with a fresh mindset, but obviously take the positives away from the game that we had on Saturday.”
The Diamonds player-boss says that Josh Rae, Adam Frizzell and Gabby McGill are all making good progress with their fitness, but further assessment is required before an accurate timeframe can be put on the trio’s return.
Matthew MacDermid referees the ZLX Stadium clash. The whistler was previously in charge of August’s 1-1 away draw with Queen of the South.
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