September 29, 2023
Greenock Morton vs Airdrieonians
Lewis McGregor insists that Airdrie have to put last week’s win over league leaders Raith Rovers out of their minds as they prepare to face his old side Morton.
The Diamonds responded well to a disappointing defeat at Arbroath two weeks ago by returning to the Excelsior and keeping up their 100% record there with a superb 1-0 win over the high-flying Kirkcaldy side.
Winger McGregor says a big team performance was required - and delivered.
“I feel as if we all knew what we needed to do to bounce back.
“Everyone from Josh up to Gal played their part in the game really well, including the subs coming on, so I thought it was a good game overall.”
The result sees Airdrie with three wins from six after their summer return to the Championship.
McGregor, who has featured in every match so far this season, is happy with how things have gone - though he says there’s room for improvement in his own performances.
“I think it’s been a good start to the season, but it is a long season - we’ve still got a good few games to go!
“I think you literally just need to take one game at a time, and you can never get too high or too low in football.
“Myself, I think I’ve got a wee bit still to work on, but I should hopefully get that with more games coming up.”
The 19-year-old wide man may be particularly keen to impress this weekend, as the Diamonds face Greenock Morton for the first time since McGregor’s move in January.
The sides haven’t met on league duty since March 2015, when goals from Bryan Prunty and Nathan Blockley handed Airdrie a 2-1 home win.
The Cappielow side have the more recent bragging rights, however, recording a 4-0 aggregate win over a Diamonds side decimated by injuries in the 2020/21 Championship Play-Off final.
McGregor will be in familiar surroundings on Saturday, having featured 19 times for Morton before his move to the Excelsior, and knows that Airdrie face a difficult challenge against Dougie Imrie’s men.
“I think it’ll be as tough as Arbroath, but I think we need to just go down there and play our own way and not get dragged into the way that some of the teams in the league play.
“If we play our own game we should hopefully be alright.
“It would be good getting back to back wins. It’s always good getting a bit of momentum, and trying to get two on the bounce.”
Manager Rhys McCabe agrees that a similar battle to the recent one at Gayfield lies in store - but is hopeful of a better outcome this time.
“We fully expect another tough game away from home.
“I’ve played at Cappielow many times in my career, and they’re a bit of a wounded animal so to speak, so they’ll be desperate to throw everything at us which we’ll hopefully be ready for.
“I expect it to be similar to Arbroath, I’ve watched Morton a few times - so this week’s got to be about getting that positive result out of our system and focussing on the weekend.”
The Diamonds boss welcomes Liam McStravick back from suspension, though defender Aaron Taylor-Sinclair is expected to miss out with a calf injury sustained before last week’s match.
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Saturday September 30, 2023
Cappielow Park, Greenock
Drew Kirkland, Colin McAlpine