Aug 17 2011 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
DEJECTED Kieron Stallard has described Airdrie’s defeat to ten-man East Fife on Saturday as unacceptable.
The Diamonds skipper pulled no punches after his side produced a poor display at New Bayview.
A sizeable travelling support looked on as the Fifers gleaned all three points courtesy of a goal in each half.
Stallard admits the Airdrie players let the fans down and confirmed he is determined to redress the balance when Cowdenbeath visit New Broomfield this weekend on league business.
“It was a terrible day for us and we didn’t really start playing until East Fife went down to ten men,” the 21-year-old told Advertiser Sport.
“We did force their keeper to make a few good saves towards the end but I don’t think we deserved to take anything from the game.
“We know that we are looking to be up there with the likes of East Fife this season.
“We have good players here but we need to do better.
“If we had played well, I think we could have caused them some problems. Instead, we caused problems for ourselves.
“Everyone in the dressing-room knows that sort of performance isn’t acceptable and we’re all disappointed with what happened.
“We’ve raised expectations but I think we’ve let everybody down after the weekend.
“We need to perform every week if we are to do anything in this league.
“But we have to move on now and I think we will all be looking to get this defeat out of our system at training this week.”
Stallard was involved in a controversial second-half incident which saw Fifers ace David Muir sent-off after he reacted angrily to a poor challenge.
Referee Frank McDermott red-carded Muir for his retaliation but Stallard admitted he feared he would also receive his marching orders.
“It was a bad tackle from me and I thought I was going to be sent-off when the ref called me over,” he said. “It was a challenge made out of pure frustration.”
Meanwhile, Northern Irish keeper Paul McKane has signed a contract extension to the end of the season after impressing gaffer Jimmy Boyle over the past few weeks.
But the manager reckons he could be without summer signing John Boyle for up to three weeks.
The ex-Auchinleck Talbot frontman twisted his ankle against East Fife.
*THIS week’s Airdrie United lottery numbers are as follows: 8, 11, 20 and 22.
The draw is sponsored by All Waste Recycling & Hire Ltd of Carlisle Road, Airdrie.