Match Preview - Ayr United v Heart of Midlothian
SPFL Championship -Friday 5th February 2021.
Tonight, we welcome Heart of the Midlothian to Somerset Park for live Friday night Championship action. The Honest Men ended a run of seven games without a win last weekend with a convincing victory over Alloa Athletic and Mark Kerr’s side will be looking to maintain their unbeaten home record against the Jam Tarts.
Hearts head to Somerset Park hoping to extend their lead at the top of the Championship to 12 points. Recent weeks have seen the Edinburgh-side record victories over their nearest competitors; a 1-0 win at home to Dunfermline last weekend and a 4-0 midweek victory at Starks Park, avenging Rovers’ win at Tynecastle three days previously.
The Tynecastle club were typically busy during the January transfer window with Robbie Neilson adding Scotland Internationalist Gary Mackay-Steven, French striker Armand Gnanduillet and Irish midfielder Aaron McEneff.
Jordan Houston (foot) misses out. Craig Moore has returned to training as he continues his recovery from a cruciate ligament injury. New signing Brett McGavin is available for selection.
The Manager Says:
Head to Head
Ayr United wins : 27
Draws : 20
Hearts wins : 48
Tonight is the first league meeting between the sides at Somerset Park since December 1982. Ally Love was the scorer in United’s last league win over Hearts, at Tynecastle on 1st April 1980.
Last Meeting :
There were eight goals in the last meeting between the sides, at Tynecastle on Boxing Day. Stephen Kingsley gave Hearts a half-time lead with an 11th minute strike. The Honest Man started the second-half strongly, taking the lead on the hour mark through goals from
Cammy Smith and Luke McCowan. Three goals in six minutes for Hearts, a Criag Wighton double and Olly Lee, however, put the Jambos firmly back in control of the game. Liam Boyce made it five for the home side with 10 minutes remaining, while Tom Walsh scored a
Hearts last visit to Somerset Park was in 2011 and saw the Honest Men progress on their way to the League Cup final. Gareth Wardlew cancelled out Scot Robertson’s goal for Paulo Sergio’s men, with United – then bottom of League 1 – eventually beating their Premier
League opponents after a penalty shoot out.
- Referee – Steven McLean
- Assistant Referee 1 – Drew Kirkland
- Assistant Referee 2 – Colin Drummond
- Fourth Official – Matthew MacDermid
Tonight’s match is being broadcast live on the BBC Scotland channel. Coverage starts at 7.30pm.
Alternatively, supporters of both sides can purchase a PPV Pass to watch this game for £12.50 by visiting https://ayrunitedmedia.co.uk/live-streaming . Season ticket holders should use their QR code to log-on to watch the match.
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