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Alloa Athletic vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship

Saturday 2nd February 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United travel to Clackmannanshire to take on Alloa Athletic. After a strong performance against Dundee United last Friday, Ian McCall’s side missed the opportunity to go back to the top of the table on Tuesday night. Three goals in nine minutes for visitors Inverness scuppered the Honest Men’s chances of taking all three points, despite a second-half comeback.  The result leaves United three points behind Ross County with 14 games remaining, while Dundee United are three points further back.

Elsewhere in the Championship on Saturday, County travel to take on Dunfermline Athletic and Dundee United host Greenock Morton.

The Opposition: Alloa continue to confound the pundits who expected the part-timers to be propping up the Championship table and are currently four points ahead of ninth-placed Partick Thistle. A six-game unbeaten run in the league ended in Dingwall on Saturday in a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Ross County but Alloa have won their last three matches at home; against Morton, Dundee United and Queen of the South.


The January transfer window has seen a return to Recreation Park for midfielder Jordan Kirkpatrick while Jim Goodwin has also added highly rated Celtic striker Jack Aitchison on loan. Grieg Spence, meanwhile, has made the switch to League 1 leaders Arbroath.

League Form:

Ayr United – DLLWL

Dundee United – WWDWL

Team News:  Andy Geggan, Jamie Adams, Alan Forrest and Mark Kerr are out with injuries.

Ian says: “We know from last year and already this season how difficult a game we will get from Alloa. Jim Goodwin continues to do a brilliant job and I am sure they will fancy their chances. We were disappointed to lose the goals we did the other night but other than those specific mistakes the performance was pretty good and we should have got something out the game.”

Head to Head:

Ayr United wins – 60

Draws – 26

Alloa Athletic wins – 31

Last Match: The Honest Men have gained the upper hand – and all three points – in both fixtures between the sides this season. A Lawrence Shankland double gave United the win at the Indodrill Stadium in September and the following month he again notched a double in a 3-0 win at Somerset Park; Alan Forrest netting the third.

On this day: Ayr have drawn their last three fixtures on this date 1-1: at St. Johnstone in 1974, versus Meadowbank in 1985 and away to Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 2002, when Scott Crabbe scored United’s goal, a second-half equaliser.

Match Officials:

Referee – Mike Roncone

Assistant Referee 1 – David McGeachie

Assistant Referee 2 – Ross Birrell

Admission:

Adults – £17

Senior Citizens – £9

Under 16s – £4 000000