Albion extended their unbeaten away league run to eight matches in a hard-fought encounter at the Excelsior Stadium this afternoon.
Both sides hit the woodwork twice as Airdrie picked up their first point of the season. We shaded the match, and certainly didn’t deserve to lose, but a point apiece was probably a fair result overall.
It means we go into the international break with just one defeat in four League 1 matches and with back-to-back home games against Brechin and Forfar coming up.
Binos boss Greig McDonald made two changes to the team that beat Stenhousemuir 5-4 at Ochilview. Keeper Callum Reidford replaced Greg Paterson and Dale Fulton got the nod with skipper Darren Smith confined to the bench after being ill.
Airdrie welcomed back Keigan Parker from a ban, although he only came on as a substitute, and on Saturday night signed former Albion forward Bryan Prunty from Dumbarton as they bid to end their goal drought.
It was a keenly-contested 90 minutes that ended with our first 0-0 draw since the trip to Montrose on February 1. Chris Smith, who celebrates his 26th birthday on Sunday, and Craig Wedderburn were solid in the centre of defence and we also carried a threat going forward.
Airdrie came close to the opener in 13 minutes when Nathan Blockley played in Jim Lister and the former Dumbarton striker fired in a shot that rebounded from the inside of the box.
Our nearest thing in the first half saw Andy McNeil make a superb save to keep out a Chris Smith header following a corner and Ross Forsyth nodded the rebound against the post from close range.
Gary Bollan’s side were next to be denied by the woodwork just before half-time when left-back Paddy Boyle curled a free-kick up and over the wall then Fulton was thwarted by the crossbar early in the second period and Darren Lee Smith was unable to convert the follow-up.
The former Motherwell man fired just wide after being sent clear on the angle by Sandy Cunningham while at the other end Reidford earlier came to the rescue when Lister got in behind the defence as it ended all square on our first visit to this ground since a 4-1 defeat in January 2012.
Airdrie: McNeil, O’Neil, P Boyle, Stewart (Parker 69), Fitzpatrick, Richards-Everton, Bain, Blockley, Lister, Kirwan (Gray 78), Watt.
Subs (not used): Hamill, Wilson, Haggerty, Cadden, Bullock (GK).
Stirling Albion: Reidford, Hamilton, Forsyth, McClune, Wedderburn, C Smith, D L Smith, Comrie (Creaney 76), G Smith, Cunningham, Fulton.
Subs (not used): Robertson, Coult, McGeachie, D Smith, Paterson (GK).
Referee: Greg Aitken