Airdrie midfielder Kyle Hutton admits top of the table clash the perfect game following mauling

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Airdrie midfielder Kyle Hutton insists a top of the table showdown with Livingston is the perfect game for the Diamonds as they bid to bounce back from last weekend’s mauling to Stenhousemuir.

Mark Wilson’s team were crushed at home in a 5-0 thrashing to the basement side after winning their six previous League One matches.

But Airdrie have a chance to close the seven point gap on the Lions when they travel to the leaders this afternoon and on loan St Mirren playmaker Hutton insists the players are desperate to make amends.

He said: “It’s a top of the table clash and it’s the perfect opportunity for us to make up for last weekend.

“It was one of those freak results against Stenhousemuir. For the first 10, 15 minutes we were on top then we lose a couple of goals, have a man sent off and before you know it’s 3-0 at half-time.

“But it’s the perfect game to try and bounce back against Livingston. They’re six points clear and are at home, they’ve earned the right to be regarded as the league favourites but that will give us a wee boost as well knowing that we’re seen as the underdogs.

“We’ll go there and try and play the way we know we can play.”

Former Rangers midfielder Hutton, meanwhile, insists he would be keen to extend his loan stint beyond January if he does not fit into Jack Ross’ plans at St Mirren.

He added: “If I was to go back and playing time is still limited then I’d be more than happy to stay with Airdrie until end of the season and help them in anyway I can to try and achieve that top stop, or to go through in the play-offs.

“It’s good being here. At St Mirren you were battling at the bottom of league and it wasn’t going well for us.

“But I’m in a team that’s winning and challenging in the league, it’s a breath of fresh air, a new environment.

“It’s a change of scenery and I’m enjoying my football so we’ll see what happens January.”

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