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What a difference 3 weeks makes. Finally some commitment in our team selection and formation. And much more importantly, the boys have a never say die attitude. That’s the type of Airdrie I grew up watching. Yeah, on paper Falkirk are probably a better team than us. No different to the 90s team that travelled to Ibrox or Tynecastle with NO FEAR. Time to put the foot down and make sure we are serious contenders coming in to 2020. Yes, I’d like to see some additions to the team in the new year but if we can keep this winning streak going I’ll be all smiles through Christmas

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You go these kinda games after a good spell and wonder if it would be a test to far. When that last second long throw finally found an Airdrie head and Gallagher rattled it home I was absolutely thrilled ; the fan reaction told it's own story as did the delight of the players and management. I felt we did have a good opening spell but Falkirk did seem able to find space and move the play really quickly for about 20 minutes after that; they never really threatened to score  but their was a lot of hard defensive work against their attacking full backs. The wee guy Gomis maybe had too much time and energy in that first half  and there were some scares. The goal did come against the run of play but it was a super pass by Roberts (I think) and Gallagher 's drive set up a great cross for McKay to get up into the box. That is now three crucial goals he has scored and although not everyone's favourite he is  much better than Nat.

Crighton had a smashing free kick well saved to keep it to a one goal lead.    I expected to be under pressure in the second half and Falkirk did deserve to equalise but our resilience was summed up by that amazing run and drive by Roberts . We should have gone back in front when Crighton (in falling back) blasted over. Yes we did have to sustain lots of attacks  and thank goodness Sammon was poor. Just as I was relieved we were back up the park, that long throw by McKay sparked off those scenes. 

Finally a team that is playing with energy and skill: Gallagher at CF was outstanding and all the others ran themselves into the ground. McCann was amazing for such a young player; Roberts in the 2nd half was relentless but there were no failures; even the goalie coach got a booking so maybe that settled passion is on the bench as well. Roll on Stranraer!

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15 minutes ago, FLDiamond said:

What a difference 3 weeks makes. Finally some commitment in our team selection and formation. And much more importantly, the boys have a never say die attitude. That’s the type of Airdrie I grew up watching. Yeah, on paper Falkirk are probably a better team than us. No different to the 90s team that travelled to Ibrox or Tynecastle with NO FEAR. Time to put the foot down and make sure we are serious contenders coming in to 2020. Yes, I’d like to see some additions to the team in the new year but if we can keep this winning streak going I’ll be all smiles through Christmas

I'd walk a million miles for one of your smiles ,and I have a similar feeling tonight.

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You don't get many afternoons like that as an Airdrie fan. And by God we haven't had one in a long long time. But that was utterly superb. All we've ever asked for is the team to play with some heart, commitment and give everything for the diamond and they sure did that today. Probably best summed up by Roberts' (who I thought had a very good game throughout) run and tenacity to win the ball back before eventually being fouled. What a difference in this team to even the team we had last season. Was great to see how much it meant to them, Murray and of course us, the support, who were magnificent throughout. Atmosphere was first class. For all of Falkirk's possession, and Gomis ran the show for them, I didn't think they created too many clear cut chances, aside from the numerous corners that they eventually scored from (my only minor! grumble). Having said that, in typical Airdrie fashion I thought if any team were to score a late winner it would be them. But the team weren't for giving up and good on them for going for it when it would have been easier to just play into the corner and play for the draw. Nice to see McKay get another goal and one of his long throw's finally come off. Kudos to Ian Murray too for sticking with the same team and again, for going for the win. 

How good is it to finally win a big game? 

Still not counting my chickens but I sure am delighted tonight. Won't make next week but here's hoping we go to Cliftonhill on the back of another win. 

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2 hours ago, FLDiamond said:

What a difference 3 weeks makes. Finally some commitment in our team selection and formation. And much more importantly, the boys have a never say die attitude. That’s the type of Airdrie I grew up watching. Yeah, on paper Falkirk are probably a better team than us. No different to the 90s team that travelled to Ibrox or Tynecastle with NO FEAR. Time to put the foot down and make sure we are serious contenders coming in to 2020. Yes, I’d like to see some additions to the team in the new year but if we can keep this winning streak going I’ll be all smiles through Christmas

Spot on. It’s been a long, long time since I had a Saturday night feeling proud of the team. The commitment, effort (and skill) shown today was immense. Worlds away from just a few weeks ago. Every player worked their arse off, chased down everything. Hard to single players out but have to say that Roberts, Smith  and Carrick seemed to be everywhere....lost count of the times Falkirk went forward quickly and Callum Smith was the guy closing down their forwards. For the amount of pressure we had to soak up at times, the defence were solid.

Haven’t gone radio rental at a goal for a while but Callum Gallagher changed that in 93rd minute!! Scenes.

Being an Airdrie fan for 50ish years I look at next week’s trip to Stranraer as a chance we could come back down with a bump, but, if we play like today we shouldn’t be worried by anyone in this division.

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If you'd be told me after the defeat to Montrose (probably the worst Airdrie performance I can remember) that we'd win our next 3, scoring 9 goals and beating the league favourites away from home I'd have laughed at you. It just took ditching the dire 3-5-2, getting some pace out wide, energy in midfield and we look like a different team. The players all look so much more comfortable in their positions, we look pretty solid at the back and look a threat every time we go forward by getting bodies in the box. It is night and day compared to earlier in the season when, even when we got results, we were awful to watch.

I hope that result helps us overcome a big mental hurdle too. In recent years in this league our results away to the bigger sides in the league have been awful (see our away record to Raith for evidence), we seem to just expect to lose. Hopefully this result gives us more belief, the fact we continued to go for the win in the last minute by sticking the centre backs forward is really encouraging too and fair play to Murray for that.

If we can keep that team on the park I am pretty confident we will be in the play-offs at worst, with an outside shot at something better. Huge game at Stranraer next week, hopefully we can keep momentum going.

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Had the old Airdrie spirt right throughout the team enjoyed the whole day great fans good game best two teams in the league. 

Still on a bright note pity they didn't listen to the fans and change the formation a bit earlier or we would have won the league by now lol 

If we can keep fighting like today we will win the league.

Edited by Eric the half a b

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From any team at any level all you can ask for his 100 % effort and commitment for the club, manager and supporters.    

 

We got that and much much more today,   

 

Onwards and upwards

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On 26/10/2019 at 17:11, bbbbb said:

Well I didn't see that coming.

Read Roy's article and he did, fair play to him.

He'd score hia 1st league goal - TICK

We'll give some team a doin' - TICK

We'll go on a run - ....

I'm happy to give the 3rd Tick now 🙂

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I think in every position we have the best (or close to the best) player playing in that position. Hutton, Crighton, Roberts, Smith & Gal, i think we’re only a really good winger away from taking this league away from Raith n Falkirk

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11 hours ago, airdrie_3 said:

I think in every position we have the best (or close to the best) player playing in that position. Hutton, Crighton, Roberts, Smith & Gal, i think we’re only a really good winger away from taking this league away from Raith n Falkirk

Aye you could be right , would think East - Fife will be in mix  aswell .

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