Little over 72 hours have passed since Saturday’s Scottish Cup Fourth Round match against the Honest Men finished 0-0 at Somerset Park and Tuesday night sees the sides meet again for the replay.
There was little to separate the sides on Saturday with the stats backing that up, possession was 54% to 46% in favour of the home side with both teams having three attempts at goal and two on target. If that’s anything to go by then we’re in for another keenly contested tie on Tuesday night.
On the eve of the game the club media team spoke with Head Coach Gus MacPherson to get his thoughts.
Gus said: “The game was as we expected, a very tough match away from home against an experienced side. We needed to work extremely hard and we did that, ensuring that we competed well against a good Ayr United side. Our performance made sure that we did not look out of place up against a side from a league above and credit is due to the players”.
“We now have the replay to look forward to and we will need to ensure we do the same again. It’s good to take the tie back to Hampden and give ourselves the home advantage. Naturally we will be respectful to our opponents, as we always are, but the onus will be on us to impose our style of play on the game. The bigger pitch will allow us to use the width and hopefully take the game to Ayr United”.
“That said, we are under no illusions as to how difficult a game it will be. We know that they have an experienced squad who are competing at a higher level most weeks but it’s a game we can go into in a confident frame of mind and it’s one which we very much look forward to”.
Gus confirmed that he has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the match and that he is likely to have the same squad at his disposal to that which he had on Saturday. That means that defender Scott Gibson, who’s chances of featuring on Saturday were rated at just 50/50, is likely to miss out again.
The opposition: The Honest Men progressed to the Fourth Round of the Scottish Cup courtesy of a 1-0 away win over League One side Brechin City on 29th November. A 70th minute strike from Andy O’Connell proved enough to separate the sides and ensure progression for the Ayrshire side. Since then Ayr have had seven league fixtures and one Scottish Cup tie which has saw them draw six and lose two.
Head to head: Played 118; Queen’s Park 36; Draw 26; Ayr United 56.
Last meeting of the sides: 21/01/17 Ayr United 0-0 Queen’s Park (Scottish Cup 4th Round).
Current form: Queen’s Park WDWLWD; Ayr United DDDLDD.
Match officials: Referee – Barry Cook. Assistants – Kylie McMullan and David Doig.
Admission prices: Adult £12 and Concession £6 (no parent/child tickets available).
Please note that season tickets are not valid for this match however members tickets are.
Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC
Our next match: v Peterhead (a), Saturday 28th January. Kick off 3.00pm.
Supporters notes: Due to works at the stadium spectators will be seated in sections I & J in South Stand, Lower East. Spectators should enter via turnstiles 84 – 87. As a result of this change there will be no souvenir shop at the match