Between broken noses and damaged feet the injury riddled squad is down to the bare bones ahead of the key encounter against Albion Rovers tomorrow.
Manager Allan Moore, is perfectly aware of the predicament and is desperately trying to bolster bodies. He said: “We know we’re short of numbers - Scott McBride has a hole in his foot, Jordan Lowdon has broke his nose so it’s another thing that didn’t go our way [on Saturday] as we’ve got a small squad as it is.”
The depleted squad will also be missing Kevin Nicoll and at time of print, there was still major doubt about Ricky Little and his ability to play in the crucial home game tomorrow.
Moore said: “Numbers wise, we were doing ok, but after picking up three in one match I am having to look elsewhere to get us to strength.”
The resourceful manager has brought in Ryan McGeever, who made appearances last season for the Lichties, on loan from Falkirk.
Commenting on disappointing derby display Moore said: “We shouldn’t be losing a two nil lead at home, especially with the chances we had, it’s not acceptable.”
“Our defence was breached to let in an own goal.
“I’m not blaming the defence, the whole team has to work.
“Adam’s given the ball away unnecessarily for the first goal, on the counter, then we’ve not dealt with Marvin Andrews the whole game.”
A case of counting your chickens could be blamed for the drastic turn of events but Moore is not one to dwell on the past and continually seeks to better his squad and look for the positives.
“We’ve just got to take it on the chin and get on with it,” he said. “It is disappointing that we’ve dropped the points at home. Hopefully it’s not two points that’s going to make a difference at the end of the season.
“But it was a good game, exciting for both sets of fans.
“We have to be careful on the counter, where we are losing goals, produce a good performance, get the three points and open up the gap with Albion Rovers.”
AFC Sportsman’s Dinner
Bookings are now being taken for the annual Sportsman’s Dinner at the Meadowbank Inn on March 20.
The event begins at 7 for a 7.30 p.m. start.
The club welcomes speakers Craig Brown, ex-Scotland manager and Jim Robertson, Airdrie solicitor.
The MC for the evening will be Des McKeown.
If you are interested in attending the dinner please contact Malcolm Fairweather on 07770 663928 or Julie Harper on 07864 195158.