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Partick | Match Preview | 01/02/22
February 01, 2022

News /Game News

Partick | Match Preview | 01/02/22

It’s a quick turnaround in the midst of a busy few weeks for Ayr United as they make the trip to Firhill to face Partick Thistle on Tuesday night. The battle to avoid the drop is heating up as the bottom four are separated by just four points. Ayr sit in 8th place – level on points with Dunfermline – and just a point above 9th with Queens three points adrift at the foot of the table.

United missed the opportunity to go level on points with Hamilton Accies at the weekend but did manage to salvage a point thanks to debut man Sam Ashford’s second half strike. The frontman, who only received clearance to play on Saturday morning made an instant impact, riffling a shot across the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner to cancel out Kai Kennedy’s first half opener. Ben Dempsey also made his debut for The Honest Men on Saturday and gaffer Lee Bullen was delighted with the performances of the debutants.

Opposition

Partick Thistle currently lie 5th but have three games in hand over third place and two games in hand over the top two. A successful run of results from Thistle could see them move to put pressure on the top teams and mount a title challenge of their own with gaffer, Ian McCall hoping for a positive result on Tuesday night. Thistle recorded two draws to start off 2022 against Hamilton and Kilmarnock before beating Airdrie in the Scottish Cup. However, Saturday’s crunch match with Arbroath fell victim to the weather meaning the Jags were without a game at the weekend.

The men from Glasgow are second in the Championship scoring charts having netted 33 times this season with 16 of those coming from formidable striking duo Brian Graham and Zak Rudden. However, on a busy deadline day, Rudden departed Firhill to join Dundee as Alex Jakubiak goes in the opposite direction as well as St Mirren man Kyle McAllister who joins Thistle having scored against Ayr ten days ago.  At the other end of the pitch, Jamie Sneddon has kept ten clean sheets in 18 starts and United will have the be ruthless at either of the pitch to take the points on Tuesday night.

Team News

New signings Blaine Rowe and Kerr McInroy join the squad. Michael Hewitt remains side-lined. 

The Manager Says:

“This will be a very different game to the weekend and the pitch will be challenging so we have to adjust to that. We’re really happy with the players we’ve added to the squad and there’s a much better balance and competition for places in the squad now. With games coming thick and fast at the moment the players will get their opportunity to stake their claim for a place in the team.”

Watch what Lee Bullen and new singing Blaine Rowe had to say here: https://ayrunitedfc.co.uk/black-white-tv/

Head to Head

Ayr United Wins - 45
Draws - 30
Partick Thistle Wins – 53

Thistle have given Ayr a torrid time in their two previous meetings this season with United on the wrong side of two 4-0 defeats. Ayr were put to the sword in Jim Duffy’s first game as manager before a late flurry of goals meant Thistle were comfortable winners again in the second meeting. However, prior to that United were unbeaten in four against Tuesday’s opponents including their own 4-1 thrashing of Thistle in 2019.

Last Meeting: Thistle were 4-0 winners at Somerset Park back in November. Former United skipper, Ross Docherty gave the Jags the lead with a defected free kick before Brain Graham ghosted free of the United defence to make it 2-0 before the break. Graham got his second late on before Shea Gordon completed the rout in stoppage time.

Ayr lined up – McAdams, McAllister, Fjortoft, Baird, Reading, McKenzie (O’Connor 58’), Murdoch, Chalmers, Maxwell (Bradley 71’), Adeloye (Moffat 79’), Afolabi. 

Match Officials

Referee – Greg Aitken

Assistant Referee – Scott Anderson

Assistant Referee – Steven Wilson

Live Coverage

Admission Details: Tickets are available now and can be purchased online at the link below:

HTTPS://TICKETS.PTFC.CO.UK/PACKAGE_LINK/LZEMOKZMPW/AYRUNITEDAWAY0201

Please purchase online in advance of matchday as tickets will not be available to purchase at Firhill.

Prices:

Adult - £20

Concession - £15

Under 16 - £5

 

Live Streaming: Thistle are streaming Tuesday’s game at a cost of £12 at the following link:

Partick Thistle FC v Ayr United FC – 1st February 2022 – PTFC TV