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Preview: Airdrie United v Cowdenbeath


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Preview: Airdrie United v Cowdenbeath

PostedMarch 1, 2012

After the injury time heroics at Central Park last Saturday, the Blue Brazil travel to the Excelsior Stadium to play Airdrie United the first of three tricky fixtures on the road.

Cowden go into the match with a one point advantage and a game in hand over nearest challengers Arbroath, after the Gayfield side missed out on an opportunity to go top in midweek. With 11 games to go every game is important and it is vital that we try and pick up three points. Colin Cameron will be hoping that his side can repeat the performance shown back in August at the Excelsior Stadium when Cowden triumphed 5-1.

TEAM NEWS

The manager will have on form Lewis Coult back for the trip and Scott Linton, who has missed the last two fixtures through suspension. Keeper Youssef Bejaoui is back training after he damaged an ankle in training last week but doubtful for the game alongside Thomas O’Brien who is on the steady road to recover after featuring in a reserve match on Monday night.

Visit Kick Talk radio to listen to pre-match chat with Colin Cameron.

COWDEN FORM

We have played 12 away league games this season and we have won four, drawn five and lost three. In these games we have scored 23 goals, conceding 15. We are currently on a five game unbeaten run which has seen three home wins and two away draws since we lost at Forfar on 21st January.

AIRDRIE FORM

The Diamonds most recent game was on Wednesday night when they fought back to earn a point in a 2-2 draw at Arbroath after being down 2-0 at the interval. Their last league win was on 28th January when they beat Stirling Albion 4-1 at the Excelsior Stadium. Since then they have lost to Stenhousemuir 0-3 at home while on the road they drew at Brechin (1-1) and lost 2-0 at East Fife last Saturday in a game in which they had keeper Grant Adam and midfielder Sean Lynch sent off.

AIRDRIE TEAM NEWS

On-loan Rangers keeper Grant Adam and former Falkirk midfielder Sean Lynch return for Airdrie after serving suspensions.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS THIS SEASON

So far this season we have won the two meetings of the sides. As mentioned above we won 5-1 at the Excelsior Stadium with goals from Jon Robertson, Scott Linton (2), Lewis Coult and Jordan Morton after Ryan Donnelly had given Airdrie and early lead. In the return game at Central Park in January goals from Marc McKenzie and Mark Ramsay from the penalty spot saw a 2-0 win.

TRAVEL & ADMISSION

The Miners Mini Tours (sponsored by Wee Jimmies) bus will leave Central Park at 1 p.m. with seats still available for non- members at 12 for adults and 9 for OAP and under 12s. Families cost is 17. To book your seat phone 01383 511562.

Only the main stand is used at the Excelsior Stadium with the admission being 15 for adults and 10 for concessions, children under 16 - 7.A parent and child is 20.

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee on Saturday is Calum Murray who will be assisted by Alan Newlands (Main Stand Side) and Duncan Williams.

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