Airdrie defender Craig Watson says a strong team spirit can help them grab a second successive home win when East Fife visit New Broomfield in a League One clash this afternoon.

A 2-1 win over Alloa on Tuesday night gave Airdrie their first home league win this season, and Watson, who set up Callum Gallagher's opener, hopes they can build on that this afternoon against his old side.

Watson, who has been playing in a new role as an attacking right-back in the win over Alloa and 0-0 draw at Queen's Park last weekend, told Airdrie's website: "It was good, we’re just happy to get over the line.

"We were delighted with the clean sheet at the weekend though obviously it was a draw.

“Again we were solid defensively, so it was disappointing to concede [against Alloa], but it was good that we didn’t crumble.

"Everyone came together and the fans got behind us towards the end of the game, so it was good.”

With Sam Wardrop's unexpected departure from the club, Watson could be given the chance to make right-back his own, and he relishes the chance.

"Personally I like right-back a lot more," he said. "I was always an attacking player through my youth and in my early days at first-team.

“It’s good getting out and having a bit more freedom, I love to get to the bye-line and cut balls back.

Defender Watson joined Airdrie from East Fife but says there are no split loyalties this afternoon
Defender Watson joined Airdrie from East Fife but says there are no split loyalties this afternoon

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"Hopefully the more I play this position, the more balls I can provide for Gal and Sal… and everyone else who rhymes!”

Airdrie have recently come through a Covid outbreak and Watson says continued hard work will see them through.

He said: "Pre-season has pretty much not ended, we’ve been getting worked hard, especially with the recent spate of injuries and illness.

“There’s a right good team bond and a good changing room. Hopefully we can kick on on Saturday and get another three points in the bag.”

Watson has fond memories of his time at New Bayview, but says there are no split loyalties.

He said: "We always seemed to do really well until the end of the season then just could never get that wee final push. There’s been a bit of a turnaround, but they’ve still got a spine of a team who have been there for five, six, seven years.

“They’ll be a right tough team - I know the way Darren Young will organise them, they’ll be set out compact but at the same time they’ll be positive and they’ll be looking to score."

Airdrie will have striker Callum Smith back in their squad, with defender Josh Kerr close to a return.

Gabby McGill limped out of Tuesday's match with a hamstring injury and will face a scan before the game to discover the extent of it.

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