We won a game on sporting merit and had the chance to play a very good Premiership side in Livingston. It's taken away from us, we can't affect that now, so we just have to take the punch on the nose and move on from that. "We love Simon [Murray] to bits, he was an outstanding player. He was terrific for Queen's Park, but Queen's Park were also terrific for him. He signed the pre-contract at Ross County and intimated he wanted to be there, and I wasn't going to stand in his way. "I need players focused on what we're going to do.
Watch: Scottish Championship - Queen's Park 0-0 Ayr UtdGot a TV Licence? You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law. Find out moreLive Reporting Sean McGillAll times stated are UKPost updateQueen's Park 0-0 Ayr UnitedAmy CanavanBBC Scotland at Ochilview ParkQueen’s are cranking up the pressure, and their home fans are receptive of that.
It showed in the second game [in the Scottish Cup on Tuesday] against Cove. We made five or six changes and it didn't change anything, the boys went on and got a good result. "There's really good strength in depth and we're hoping we can go and get the three points tonight. To be fair, if you took out the five goals [in their last encounter] their was nothing between the teams. We were ruthless in our box and we missed a few chances. The first game ups here was like a game of two halves. "It looks like there's nothing between the two teams. Both teams want to attack, both teams want to get on the front foot and both teams want to score goals, so a 0-0 draw, probably, " he laughs. Copyright: SNSShields the Solution? Queen's Park v Ayr United (19:45)With Murray swapping The Spiders for The Staggies, can loan signing Connor Shields fill the goalscoring void for the league leaders? For whatever reason, the 25-year-old hasn't managed to make an impact in the Premiership with Motherwell, but he now finds himself back in the division where he made a name as a hot prospect in Scottish football.
It looked fairly innocuous on first viewing, but there was certainly some needle in there from the Ayr man. Post updateQueen's Park 0-0 Ayr UnitedDom Thomas trying to conjure up some of that magic from his wand of a left-foot. The winger whips in a trio of dangerous deliveries, but on every occasion, an Ayr body in claret and blue is there to thunder it away. We'll be needing more from the game's flair players if this one is to burst into life any time soon.
I’m ready, are you? Magic MullinQueen's Park v Ayr United (19:45)Has there been a better individual performance in the second tier this season than the Josh Mullin masterclass we witnessed last Friday at Balmoral? His two goals and two assists in the 5-0 thrashing of Cove in front of the BBC cameras made Lee Bullen absolutely intent on tying him down permanently. He did so on deadline day, as Mullin left Livingston, allowing him to pen a deal to stay at Somerset until the end of the season. He did score a stunning free-kick last week, but here's a reminder of his first of the evening - my personal favourite.
There is a healthy contingent of Ayr fans packing out the stand behind the goals. They’ve had plenty to cheer of this week - and this season - so crack on lads and lassies and let your voice be heard. Post updateQueen's Park 0-0 Ayr UnitedFirst save of the night for Albinson in between the Ayr sticks as Jack Thompson drives into the box and gets his shot away. A big deflection forces the visiting goalkeeper into a smart stop down to his left. Post updateQueen's Park 0-0 Ayr UnitedA half-hearted penalty shout as Reece McAlear tumbles to the ground in the box, but Steven McLean never looked interested. First involvement for the on-loan Tranmere man.
I think it'll be an exciting game for everybody watching. " Copyright: SNS'There's nothing between the two teams' - BullenQueen's Park v Ayr United (19:45)Ayr United manager Lee Bullen is in a positive mood heading out of the January transfer window, and is glad to have kept a hold of his star players as The Honest Men head into the final third of their title challenge. "It's fantastic. I think the biggest thing for us during the January window was keeping a hold of the group that we've got, " he tells BBC Scotland. "We're delighted to get through the window with, basically, the full squad in tact. "I think we've just got a really good culture within the group. They back each other up.
Grant Savoury’s miss there, a colossal ‘ohhh’ rung out in the main stand. The now-main man at Ochilview had his head in his hands, and rightly so. Post updateQueen's Park 0-0 Ayr UnitedThe form Grant Savoury's been in, you'd have expect better there. Connor Shields shows his attributes, bursting down the right with ferocious pace before teeing up the Queen's midfielder in the box, who can only skew his strike well wide of the Ayr goal. Ouch! Queen's Park 0-0 Ayr UnitedJosh McPake is receiving treatment after Nicholas McAllister blasted through him as he went up for a header.
At Queen of the South in 2020/21, he scored 11 goals in 28 Championship appearances, including a brace at Tynecasle in their 3-2 victory over eventual champions Hearts. Now at a different Queens, Owen Coyle will be hoping his new man finds the confidence to fire his side to the crown. Copyright: SNSPost updateQueen's Park v Ayr United (19:45)Amy CanavanBBC Scotland at Ochilview ParkPutting my neck on the line, here, but I’m sure this is going to be a cracker. Perhaps an obvious shout for a table-topping clash, but these are two really fun - and crucially, good - teams. Both partial to quite a scalp, and you don’t have to look too far back to find one. This is a really tight pitch, too. So there’s going to have to be a lot of neat play to in little pockets - thankfully, both have those exact kind of players. I’m looking at you, Dom Thomas and Josh Mullin… And it’s not even that cold! No big jacket and a cuppa in hand.
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