Match Preview v Ayr United

We are back on the road again this weekend as we head to Ayr in the Championship.  Our results against the Honest Men have been good this season with a win and two draws giving us five points from nine.  

Everyone will remember our first meeting back in September when Stephen Dobbie scored four of our five goals in a five - nil rout at Palmerston.  The other two games have ended in one all draws.  Connor Murray come off the bench to give us a share of the spoils at Somerset in November with Michael Moffat cancelling out Josh Todd's opener in December to earn a point for the visitors.

Like ourselves, Ayr have taken a dip in form and are without a win in their last four games, a draw against Morton, followed by defeats to Dunfermline, Ross County and Falkirk.

Queens boss Gary Naysmith has been sharing his thoughts with the website ahead of the game.

"If you break down our game against Inverness last week, the first thirty minutes was not good enough and the two goals we gave away were preventable and poor from our point of view.  We had spoken about the defending and how it would give us something to build on but we ended up chasing the game after six minutes.  But once we got going from that thirty minutes to seventy-five period we gave everything and just needed a goal. 

At the start, we tried something and it didn't work, but we came out in the second half and were the better team. We didn't dominate it like we did against Alloa or Dundee United but we were defiantly the better team, but unlike Inverness when we were on top we didn't take our chances. 

What I will say is that I was pleased with the reaction the players gave us.  At two down and given the run that we are on, they could've thrown in the towel but they didn't, they kept going and if they keep doing that I'm sure the result will come. 

The stats showed that we had thirty crosses in the final third against Inverness, not big long throw-ins, crosses into the box so we are creating the chances we just need to start converting them.

Facts are facts and we have lost the last seven, we can't hide from that.  We know we are going through a rough patch, but the players always seem to find something within themselves to give us a performance, we just need to make sure that happens for 90 minutes and not just sixty. 

Ayr are on a sticky run themselves just now, but we can only look at ourselves.  We've had decent results against Ayr this season so far so we will be aiming to get another one again on Saturday to get us back on track.

It has certainly been my toughest test as a manager and I am learning all the time but I still have great belief in the players that we can turn it around.

We are likely to be without Alan Martin (back), Josh Todd (knee), Jordan Marshall (hamstring) and Nicky Low (groin)".

For fans travelling to Somerset Park, the Ayr United website says away fans will be seated in the West Stand and entry should be via turnstiles nine & ten.  For those wishing to stand, Away fans will be allocated the Railway End terracing and entry is via gates two to six.  Any Parent and child should enter together via turnstile five.

Prices are:

Adults - £17
OAP/Students - £11
18- 21 year olds - £11
Under 18s - £6

Kick off at Somerset Park is 3pm on Saturday.