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  Stranraer vs Airdrieonians 14th April 2017  
 
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Sean McIntosh says team spirit and self-belief can see the Diamonds over the line in their push for the play-offs.

The Diamonds secured an important win over Brechin City last weekend, and defender McIntosh says the Airdrie training ground is a happy place to be.

"Everyone seems to be positive after Saturday. We know we're more than capable of winning and producing performances like that, that's been the most frustrating thing for us this season.

"Overall we're happy where we are at the moment, but we can't get comfortable or switch off for a second as we have four massive games coming up."

'Shifty' has made 31 appearances for the Diamonds this season, scoring some important goals including a last-gasp winner in the recent derby clash with Albion Rovers.

The 20-year-old was withdrawn early in the second half against Brechin, and he explained why.

"I came off with a sore stomach. I had spoken to the physio at half time, and there was no change in the second half, so I came off just to be sure."

Back to full fitness, McIntosh will be looking to retain his place in the starting XI as Airdrie head south to face Stranraer this weekend.

The Blues saw a turnaround in form after new manager Stephen Farrell took the reins, but still find themselves in a perilous position near the foot of the table.

McIntosh believes that a similar performance to last weekends will do just fine for Airdrie.

"We have to aim for that level in every remaining game. Stranraer is the first of four huge games, but if we play to our strengths like we did on Saturday I'm more than confident we can get the win."

Such confidence may prove to be an important factor as the Diamonds strive to remain in the play-off positions with the end of the season looming.

Sean says the ability within the squad justifies it.

"I think you've always got to be confident. We know it's not been easy at times this season, but we're in a decent position just now and the play-off place is ours to lose.

"There's no doubt we have the quality there, we all just need to stick together, make it hard for other teams around us, and believe we're good enough to make it."

Gavin Duncan referees the Stair Park clash, having previously overseen Airdrie wins against Stenhousemuir and Albion Rovers, and defeat at Brechin.

Airdrie are looking for their third win of the season over Stranraer, having beaten them 1-0 at home in August, and 2-1 away on Christmas Eve. Andy Ryan netted the winner on each occasion.

The Blues were victorious in the most recent meeting between the sides, winning 2-1 at New Broomfield last month.

Stranraer have advised that the Pavilion Bar at Stair Park will be open to both sets of fans, as will the Fitba Bar which is about a mile from the ground.

 


 
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