22/11/21

Airdrieonians Reaction | The Manager & The Captain

Manager Paul Hartley and captain Mitch Megginson spoke to the media after our 2-0 cinch League One victory over Airdrieonians at the Penny Cars Stadium on Saturday.

Mitch, who scored the first of the two goals, taking his goal scoring streak to 4 goals in 4 games, said: “We always felt the goal would eventually come as we are always going to create chances.

“Airdrie came out strong in the second half and pinned us back for about 20 minutes.

“Stuart (McKenzie) makes a great save from Easton’s shot to keep the game level.

“We’re always going to produce that bit of quality, it’s just about being in the right place at the right time and taking that opportunity, and we are glad it eventually came!

“The whole team is working hard, and the change of shape has helped us in recent weeks, both in defence and attack.

“I’ve found a bit of good form recently, and I’m feeling good.

“It’s good to chip in with the goals when needed.”

Mitchel Megginson scores the first goal during the Scottish League One game between Airdrie FC and Cove Rangers FC at The Penny Cars Stadium, Airdrie, Scotland, on Saturday 20th November 2021 ( Photo by Dave Cowe )

“The aim for us was to be at the top end of the league at the end of the season.

“Being top for now is a great achievement but we’ve still got heaps of games to go until the end of the season, so we’ve just got to keep taking each game as it comes.

“It’s a difficult league and there will be ups and downs along the way.”

“We’ve got the Scottish Cup game next weekend against Queen of the South.

We’ll be underdogs going into the game since they are the Championship side, but we’ll go and give it a good go.

“There’s no pressure on us, we just want to perform to our best.

“At home we are capable of beating anyone on our day.”

Paul Hartley said: “I felt we were very strong.

“Defensively we were a good unit and we scored at the right times attacking wise.

“We’ve got players that will always score with Megginson, and it was great to see a midfielder score in Fyvie.

“Overall, we played well the first 25 minutes and then the injury to Milne threw us a little bit in terms of our rhythm.

“We knew we’d have to withstand a bit of pressure in the second half, we did that for 15-20 minutes, but the back line defended well.

“We then went through a spell where we knew we could score with the creativity we can produce in the final third.

Manager Paul Hartley during the Scottish League One game between Airdrie FC and Cove Rangers FC at The Penny Cars Stadium, Airdrie, Scotland, on Saturday 20th November 2021 ( Photo by Dave Cowe )

“We had to change the team, two enforced ones due to injuries.

“We probably would have gone with the same team from last weekend if the two lads (Scott Ross and Shay Logan) hadn’t been forced out through injury.

“We had to re-jig it a little bit with Scully coming into the midfield, who played really well, and Blair Yule moving to right wing back.

“Jevan (Anderson) also came in and played his first game for a long time, and he settled into the game really well.

“Overall, we can be pleased with the result, there’s obviously still a lot of hard work to be done.

“We’ve got a small break now from league action with the two cup games.

“Being top of the league is good for the players for all the hard work they have put in, we do feel we are hitting some form, we are playing well now.

“Things have been difficult since the start of the season in terms of COVID and injuries, but we have got a good squad and an experienced squad.

“The fans were great throughout the match, they were really supportive, and a good number turned out, so to come away from home and keep a clean sheet and get the win is pleasing.”

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