Ayr United vs. Dundee
Saturday 21st November 2020. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, the Honest Men take on Dundee at Somerset Park looking for both an improved performance and result against an opponent with similar promotion play-off aspirations. Both sides have five points from their opening four league fixtures, with Ayr in fifth place and Dundee sixth.
With a number of players unavailable last weekend due to being cup tied, suspended or on international duty, Mark Kerr has more options to choose from as the Honest Men look to return to winning ways.
Opposition: Dundee took on Hibernian last Sunday at Easter Road with their place in the next round of the Betfred Cup guaranteed but looking to top Group B. The Dees held their own for large periods of the game against Premiership opponents after Stevie Mallan’s long range opener put Hibs ahead and Christie Elliot scored an equaliser with twenty minutes remaining but the Dens Park side lost three goals in six minutes late on to lose 4-1.
Their last Championship fixture was away to Alloa Athletic where a late Charlie Adam penalty earned them a point. An Alan Trouten double had the Wasps 3-1 in front after Declan McDaid cancelled out Robert Thomson’s first-half goal before Cammy Kerr then Adam meant the Dark Blues avoided their second defeat of the season.
Former Ayr winger McDaid and former Scotland internationalist Charlie Adam – who joined his boyhood club in the summer in a coup for manager James McPake – will be well known to United fans. Defender Lee Ashcroft is another new face following his move from Dunfermline Athletic and is set to return on Saturday after missing the last three matches following a positive COVID test. McPake last week also added goalkeeper Adam Legzdins to his squad. The former Birmingham and Derby keeper could make his debut for the Dark Blues at Somerset Park having spent the last three years with English Premier League side Burnley.
Team News: Aaron Muirhead returns to the squad after suspension. Paddy Reading returns from International duty and Cammy Smith & Innes Cameron return after being cup tied. Tom Walsh misses out with injury.
Mark says: “We have been working on a plan all week to come out of the game with a positive result. We want to be more on the front foot and show how good we can be going forward. Dundee will fully expect to be up there at the end of the season so we are really looking forward to playing against them. We need to take advantage of being at Somerset and build momentum.”
Ayr United: WDLD
Head to head (League):
Ayr United wins – 24
Draws – 21
Dundee wins – 52
Previous Meeting: The Honest Men faced Dundee in back-to-back games immediately prior to the cessation of the Championship season in March. Kane Hemmings and a late Oli Cranshaw goal gave the Dark Blues all three points at Dens Park on Tuesday 10th March, four days on from a goalless draw at Somerset.
James McPake’s side won the first two match-ups of the last season, 1-0 at Dens Park in August 2019 and 2-1 at Somerset Park in October 2019 – Luke McCowan’s consolation our only goal in four matches against Dundee.
On this day: in 1936, United defeated Stenhousemuir 8-3 in a Division 2 match at Somerset Park.
Referee – Graham Beaton
Assistant Referee 1 – Graeme Leslie
Assistant Referee 2 – Colin Drummond
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