Partick Thistle vs. Ayr United
Friday 31st January 2020. Kick-off 7.05pm
Tonight (Friday), Ayr United have the opportunity to go second in the Championship table when they take on botton-of-the-league Partick Thistle in Glasgow. The Honest Men travel to Firhill on the back of three consecutive 1-0 victories, most recently at home to Inverness. It is set to be a busy day for player-manager Mark Kerr, who will also be looking to further strengthen his squad ahead of tonight’s transfer deadline.
Opponents: Partick Thistle slumped to the foot of the table on Saturday with a 2-1 defeat at Arbroath. Brian Graham scored a 90th minute goal on his Partick Thistle debut but first-half strikes from McKenna and Wighton condemned the Jags to their third consecutive defeat after losses to Celtic in the Scottish Cup and a 4-1 reverse at the hand of leaders Dundee United last time out in the league.
Ian McCall has been busy in the transfer market this month with no fewer than 15 players either leaving or joining Thistle in recent weeks. High profile departures include Sean McGinty, Gary Harkins and Kenny Miller. Darian McKinnon – once on loan at Somerset Park – has been brought in from Hamilton Accies to stiffen up the Jags midfield, Zak Rudden joins Brian Graham in providing striking options while Darren Brownlie will hope to help out a defence that is yet to keep a clean sheet in the league this season.
Team News:. Andy Murdoch, Craig Moore and Andy Geggan are out with injuries.
Mark says: :”There is no doubt we are playing with confidence just now, that comes naturally when you win games and keep clean sheets. However just because it has been three 1-0 wins doesn’t mean we have stopped playing football, far from it. The boys are really looking forward to the game tonight, of course there is an extra wee edge to it but our focus all week has been on ourselves. Training has been top class and it always helps getting some new faces in to add competition. It is a big game and hopefully we have a really big away support making a lot of noise!”
Ayr United: WLLWW
Partick Thistle: LWDLL
Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 50
Draws – 30
Partick Thistle wins – 57
United have won six of the last seven meetings between the sides since the start of last season and four-in-a-row at Firhill.
Ayr ran out 4-1 winners on Ian McCall’s return to Somerset Park in November. Craig Moore and Michael Moffat had Ayr two in front after 20 minutes, with Moore again and Alan Forrest on the scoresheet in the second-half before Joe Cardle’s late consolation.
The Honest Men were also winners at Firhill earlier in the season. United twice came from behind to run out 3-2 winners in a game that saw Thistle end with 9 men.
Referee – Euan Anderson
Assistant Referee 1 – Andrew McWilliam
Assistant Referee 2 – Kevin McElhinney
Fourth Official – Lloyd Wilson
Adult – £20
Concessions (Over 65 & Students) – £15
U16’s – £5
Away fans will be housed in the north end of the Jackie Husband Stand entering the stadium via turnstiles 40 and 41 only.
There is a cash gate for Ayr United supporters and a card payment option will be available at the Jackie Husband Stand ticket booth.