March 23, 2023
Clyde vs Airdrieonians
Justin Devenny wants Airdrie to keep it going when the Diamonds travel to face Clyde looking to build on two spectacular wins.
The Lanarkshire sides meet at Hamilton’s ZLX Stadium on Friday evening due to Scotland’s match on Saturday, and midfielder Devenny is pleased with his performances ahead of the tie.
“I’ve been aiming to get myself in the team and show what I can do, and I feel the last two games I’ve done that.
“For me, I’m happy with what I’ve done - but now it’s about kicking on, getting involved in more goals and showing even more, because I know I’m capable of it.”
Notching an outstanding 13 goals in their last two matches, Airdrie will be brimming with confidence ahead of the meeting with Jim Duffy’s side, who sit ninth in the cinch League 1 table.
A 6-1 win over Kelty Hearts was followed by a 7-0 victory against Peterhead last weekend. The Blue Toon parted company with boss David Robertson following the match, and Devenny believes the Diamonds were in top form.
“The way we played, building from the back, we were showing that we can play one-touch and two-touch to try and break the lines, which I thought we did.
“The more I’m playing, the more I’m enjoying my football, so I want to aim for more minutes, more goals and more assists.”
Airdrie face Clyde aiming to make it a clean sweep for the season, having gotten off to a fine start with a thumping win at the Excelsior in September. Lewis Jamieson, Gabby McGill, Callum Smith (2) and Salim Kouider-Aïssa were Airdrie’s scorers as they registered a fourth 5-0 win over the Bully Wee in three seasons.
A 1-0 win at Hamilton proved a much tougher affair in November, Lewis Jamieson netting the only goal from the rebound after his penalty had been saved by ex-Diamond Neil Parry.
Last month the sides met in Monklands again, Charlie Telfer’s 49th-minute goal proving decisive.
Devenny says Friday’s opponents have proven themselves to be a trickier prospect than their league position suggests, but is confident the Diamonds can overcome the problems they encountered with the playing surface on their last visit.
“They’re hard to break down, to be fair, they’re a well-organised team. If we stick to what we’re good at and play our football, hopefully the quality will show.
“You’ve got to adapt to different pitches in the league, but as much as it is a wee bit sticky it’s still a good pitch and we’ll be looking to get the ball down and play.”
And with goals flying in at an amazing rate over the last few weeks, Justin - who netted in each of Airdrie’s first three competitive fixtures this season - is hoping to get his name on the scoresheet again.
“I think I say every week, this is the week I’m going to score! I do fancy myself on Friday so hopefully it will come and hopefully I can build on that.
“I don’t want to stop at one - I want two, I want three… I want one every time, basically!”
Airdrie player-manager Rhys McCabe is understandably pleased with recent performances, but has warned his side not to get cocky.
“We’ve got to make sure that we approach each game with the right mentality, and the right belief and confidence that we can go and get three points.
“Clyde will be fighting and scrapping for everything. The last game was difficult.
“Especially at the business end of the season, I don’t look at previous form - we know the game is going to be tough. We’ve got to make sure that we don’t let that complacency creep in, so it’s about finding that balance and going into the game confident but not arrogant.”
Having fully recovered from a hamstring strain, the Diamonds boss has no injury concerns, although he is without defender Aaron Taylor-Sinclair who is on international duty with Antigua & Barbuda.
Referee Peter Stuart has taken charge of two high-scoring Airdrie matches already this season - October’s 3-3 home draw with Queen of the South and the 4-0 win over Alloa in January.
Match tickets and streaming details are available using the link below.
Friday March 24, 2023
ZLX Stadium, Hamilton
Paul McAvinue, Regan Wallace