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  Airdrieonians vs Stenhousemuir 17th March 2017  
 
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Ryan Conroy says there can be no more slip ups if Airdrie are to achieve a promotion play-off place.

Conroy played in the 3-0 defeat at Brechin City on Tuesday evening, and the midfielder says the delayed kick off shouldn't have had a bearing on the Diamonds performance.

"I think it would be an excuse to say it affected us. Obviously it wasn't great, but we should still be professional enough to get the job done."

Two goals from Ally Love and a late breakaway by Andy Jackson secured the points for City.

After a thrilling 4-3 derby win at the weekend, Conroy bemoans the lack of a cutting edge on Tuesday.

"We were well on top in the first half, but didn't take our chances. After we went behind we played into their hands with long balls.

"Against Albion we looked like we could score every time we went forward, but that was missing on Tuesday."

With Brechin leapfrogging Airdrie into fourth in the table, the Diamonds now face a battle to get back into play-off contention.

Conroy believes there's enough time to do that.

"The good thing is it's still in our hands - it's only us that can turn it around, and I believe that we can.

"We can't afford any more slip ups as we are running out of games, but as I said it's in our hands and I think we're capable."

Bottom side Stenhousemuir come to the Excelsior on Saturday, and Airdrie have struggled to cope with Brown Ferguson's men on league duty this season.

A 2-1 win for the Diamonds in the Betfred Cup group stage was followed by a draw and two Stenhousemuir wins in the league.

Ryan is determined those matches won't have a bearing on Saturday's fixture.

"We're not thinking about previous results, Saturday's about making sure we do our jobs and play the way we know we can - the result will take of itself.

"It's a game we need to win, and we're all looking forward to it."

Head coach Mark Wilson wants his side to press their home advantage.

"We’ll treat it like any other match - and we always believe we can win home games.

"The first goal is vitally important in this league, so we'll start on the front foot and try to get it."

Striker Jack McKay is a fitness doubt for the Diamonds, having been forced off at Brechin after a head knock. Kyle Hutton returns to the squad after a one-match ban.

Referee Steven Kirkland is the man in the middle, taking charge of his first Airdrie tie this season.

 


 
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