Spiders boost play-off hopes
Airdrieonians suffer Hampden howler
A delighted Gus McPherson said his side are not looking at the play-off places, despite sitting just a point off fourth place.
His team looked comfortable as they knocked off promotion-chasing Airdrieonians and are now firmly in play-off contention.
The home side enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges and a neat bit of play from the Spiders saw Bryan Wharton’s shot cleared off the line by Daniel Boateng.
Top scorer Ross Millen was given acres of space on the right wing to provide an inch-perfect cross for Gregor Fotheringham, who flicked the ball into Rohan Ferguson’s net.
The Hampden outfit enjoyed the majority of possession but were caught out by a set-piece by Airdrie. A great ball from a free-kick on the right wing was met by Iain Russell, who headed past Willie Muir to equalise.
Airdrie enjoyed their best spell of the game in the minutes before half-time and could have taken the lead after a long ball from Kieran McDonald was missed by the defence and put Iain Russell through oneon-one. William Muir made himself big and was quick off his line to prevent the 35-year-old hitman.
There were few chances in the second period but the decisive goal came when a free-kick pumped into the box by Sean Burns fell to captain Ryan McGeever at the back post and he calmly slotted the ball home.
Following the game boss Gus McPherson was keen to just keep putting points on the board.
“We thoroughly deserved the three points. The only disappointing spell was the five minutes before half-time,” said the Spiders boss. “It’s from our free-kick that we got caught on the counter attack and we gave away a soft free-kick.
“You wouldn’t have thought so, with the way we had been playing, but we have Wullie Muir to thank that we didn’t go into half-time 2-1 down.
“At half-time we gave them the challenge to go out and replicate what they did for the first 45 minutes and to be fair to them they did.
“The table isn’t something we look at but if someone had said to us we would be sitting with 30 points at the halfway mark we would have been delighted.
“Throughout the whole side we had a lot of energy in the team that got us the result.
“We brought energy, commitment and that bit of quality to the table.”
A disappointed Airdrie head coach Mark Wilson said “The goals we are losing are pretty poor. In games we have looked solid but too many times we concede goals out of nothing.”
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