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Airdrie 1 vs. 5 Cowdenbeath (going on six)

By Stomp admin
August 22 2011

Airdrie were torn apart for the second time in two weeks and after an excellent display against Dumbarton suddenly it seems like we could turn in to the leagues whipping boys, is that fair after only three games?

There is a strange imbalance in the team at the moment, we come out of the starting blocks quick and put the opposition under pressure and like the Dumbarton game Ryan Donnelly opened the scoring for us. Donnelly received the ball on the near wing and passed the ball across the box, continuing his run he received the ball back in the six yard box, he slotted home for the opener.
It could have been two nil before Cowdenbeath even got started; Donnelly again this time from just inside the penalty box, his shot sailed home. Unfortunately Holmes was judged to have committed a foul and the referee blew before Donnelly struck the ball. David Lilley then saw his header from a Jamie Stevenson corner fly by the far post.

I wish that was all they wrote, from then on in a now awake Cowdenbeath, and Airdrie team who had run out of ideas and individual mistakes cost us dearly.

Jon Robertson was left unmarked in the penalty box and was left with an easy header for the Cowdenbeath equaliser on 38minutes; it came from a good corner that should have been dealt with. Cowdenbeath then took the lead with the last kick of the ball in the first half, Brett and McKenzie split the Airdrie defence leaving midfielder Linton to slot home under McKane.

The imbalance comes when we run out of ideas, the midfield disappears and we’re left fighting for survival.

Next goals the winner? Not quite but not far away. If Airdrie had got an early goal maybe things would have been different but when Jamie Stevenson sent a short pass to Keiron Stallard, Linton raced through to intercept and after only 6 minutes of the restart Airdrie were 3 – 1 down. For Cowdenbeath fourth it was Stallard’s turn to screw up an easy pass (do the team actually practice on the park). This time it was Coult who intercepted and made a simple pass to Linton for his second of the game. Cowdenbeath finished scoring on the 78th minute Jordan Morton fired home their 5th.

If it wasn’t for Jamie Bain late on the score line would have been six, he saved McKane’s blushes after he was sent the wrong way, clearing the ball from the near post. The result devastated the Airdrie support and the feel good feeling that was there only three weeks ago has disappeared like a puff of smoke.

A couple of items missing from the report, Jimmy as predicted brought Lynch in to the midfield, he chose to play Jamie Stevenson on the left wing, but not content with that switched Stevenson and Johnston.

Johnston was then replaced at half time by Devlin meaning there were now four central midfielders playing and two of them were out of position.

Lynch was then replaced by Fraser Kiest and he entered the fray on the right hand side!

The unanswered questions!

Was Johnston injured if so why not replace him with Keist straight away? Why try to accommodate three midfielders without switching to a 4-3-3 or a 4-5-1? There are other questions to be asked but I’m choosing not to highlight individual players when the whole team put on such a poor performance.

It left me confused so I don’t know what it did to the players!

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