On Saturday, Ayr United look to exit the relegation play-offs spot when they welcome Airdrieonians to Somerset Park. With Stenhousemuir’s match against Stranraer postponed due to the Blues’ Scottish Cup tie versus Dundee United, a win against the Diamonds will see the Honest Men leapfrog the Warriors into eighth spot.
Airdrieonians drew their last match with Brechin, leaving them in seventh place in the league table, eight points adrift of the promotion play-offs and eight points ahead of Ayr.
Read on for our match preview:
Ian says: “We certainly didn’t let ourselves down last week in terms of effort however I definetly want to see an improved performance in terms of quality. Looking at the league table we know that a win on Saturday brings Airdrie closer towards us and with Stenhousemuir not playing it would also take us above them.
I never like losing home games and Saturday was no different, its so important for to get that first goal. I know a lot of Airdrie’s players and their manager, I have a lot of time for them.
We need to win home games though, I’m looking for bigger crowds inside the ground however I know that isn’t going to happen overnight. It is up to us to give people a reason to come to the game. Saturday is all about finding a way to win and that’s what we aim to do.”
Team news: Martyn Campbell is out and Brian Gilmour is suspended.
United’s current run of 11 home games without a win is the worst form since the team went on a 13 match winless streak between September 1971 and March 1972. Game 12 of that sequence was a 0-0 draw vs. Motherwell in the Scottish Cup.
Airdrie have drawn their last three games. The Diamonds have drawn six of their last eight away games, winning just one.
Ayr United wins – 6
Draws – 6
Airdrie United/Airdrieonians wins – 6
Last Meeting: Airdrieonians were 3-0 victors when the sides last met. Ex-Ayr striker Bryan Prunty netted twice in the first-half back in December at the Excelsior and a Kevin McKinlay own goal concluded the scoring. Paul Slane saw red just sixteen minutes after coming on as a substitute, becoming Honest Men’s eighth sending off in just seven games against the Diamonds.
Gary Bollan’s side picked up their first victory this season when they travelled to Somerset Park in September. United were 2-1 up through Peter Murphy and Craig Beattie with three minutes remaining but lost due to late goals from Luca Gasparotto and Jamie Bain.
On this day: in 1959 the Honest Men beat Airdrie’s Monklands neighbours Albion Rovers 6-2. United have played 11 fixtures on this date, winning five and losing six.
Referee: Colin Steven
Assistant Referee 1: Dougie Potter
Assistant Referee 2: Paul O’Neill
Adults – £15
Concessions (OAPS, Students & u16s) – £8
Parent & Child – £18 via Gate 13