Dumbarton clash is win or bust for poor 'Muir

Iain Thomson is used to giving out lessons in his day job but admits that his teamates failed to learn one against Airdrie.

The defender is one of the longest serving of the current Warriors squad and the Edinburgh-based PE teacher admitted to Heraldsport that last Saturday’s loss was a hard one to take.

“It’s disappointing,” he said.

“We had a chance to put a bit of space between Airdrie and the rest of the teams, but we let ourselves down today and getting beaten 3-0 was not ideal by any manner of means.

“Nevertheless, we have to pick ourselves up - we have four games and there is obviously still a chance to get to the play-offs.

“That means we have to give our all in the last four games – which we will any way – and get wins to see where that takes us.”

Thomson has been used in numerous positions in his time at Ochilview, but has no problems in playing his current centre back position.

“I’ve played there before so it doesn’t bother me,” he continued.

“I’m happy to play anywhere I am asked.

“I think the penalty against me was a bit harsh, but thankfully they missed it. Their players couldn’t really believe they were a goal up, but when they scored on the stroke of half time it gave them a big boost.

“We weren’t magnificent by any manner of means, but I thought we were not bad and to find ourselves 2-0 down at half-time...

“We pressed them in the second half and had a few half chances, but the complete fluke that was their third goal completely killed it.

“These things happen in football so you just have to pick yourself up and move on to next week.”

That match is at Dumbarton and Stenny fans will be hoping that their team makes the place rock.

Defeat is almost unthinkable if the Warriors are to have any chance of making the play-offs.

The Ochilview club are now three points adrift of both Airdrie and East Fife with just four matches left to play.

Davie Irons’ side need to return to winning ways before they find they have ran out of games.

Dumbarton however have play-off aspirations of their own and will be looking to cement their position in third place.