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  1. 1 hour ago, diegomarahenry said:

    If we have Musonda out then I expect we will lose, with Musonda it will be a closer game. 

     

    Don’t quite see it like this , only lost one game at home in the league this season and that was a freak show against Inverness , a game we could have 5-1 or 6-1 ... yes our team is weakened at the back with Frankie and Alex out . However this season is a bit different to the norm . It seems to be more what we do when on the ball rather than what we do off it . Chances are Rovers will score one or two but we are the divisions top scorers with the divisions top scorer . I expect us to win and Dipo to be amongst the scorers . Then it’s a free week then two games until the window where two or three will be coming in . Could be nearly time to believe ...

  2. 26 minutes ago, D'Jaffo said:

    Feel like there will be another random plucked from down South who can maybe do a job. Maybe a loan or two with a view to making it permanent like Dempsey. I don’t see the club being in a position to all of a sudden spend a fair chunk of money at the first sign of a potential promotion. We have to be smarter than that.

    Harry Hudson Margate Fc . A random from down south .

  3. 51 minutes ago, diegomarahenry said:

    You'd also lose a chunk of space for home fans as well as hospitality for the full season. 

    The hospitality building could be rebuilt in the car park with an area of the stand set aside for viewing the game . Also it could herald a return to the Railway End for the Ayr support , it being the bigger end ...

  4. Dipo seems to play his best stuff when McKenzie is on the field . If we can find a physical type like him that can also score goals and a similar upgrade to our fullbacks then we would be pretty sorted . I’m not suggesting getting rid of McKenzie , Houston or Reading . More like buying them more time while strengthening the team .

  5. In an ideal world we would be bringing in two full backs a central midfielder and a goal scoring second striker . Pity Nicky Devlin , Danny Harvie , Kerr McInroy and Tomi Adeloye are all under contract elsewhere . Seriously though this league might just be there for the taking , a year or two early in the project nevertheless but it’s there for taking . Next four games are massive ....

  6. So the curse of the manager and player of the month struck again , our boys thought they were Manchester City and they just had to turn up and Rovers would roll over . Not going to happen in this league , harsh lesson learned (hopefully) . Loads of issues all over the park yesterday , most have already been covered  . The positive I take at the moment is that we have played most of the teams in the league , the two Thistles aside , and are no worse than any of them and better that a few of them . When we get our A Game out we are pretty tasty . However we are no world beaters and need to remember that and get the sleeves rolled up every week from the first whistle.. 

    As many have said ,Thursday is an opportunity to give Ecripont , Mullin , Bangala ,Smith etc a run out . Also it’s a chance to have a good look at Brad Young and Dipo up front . This might just be our best option up front , the boy looked superb yesterday when he came on .  Anyway onward and upward , bring on the Cally ....

  7. 31 minutes ago, Duszek said:

    WIth all due respect to our Ayrshire hosts… breath of fresh air at the top of the Championship… quaint ground a reminder of simpler times… Weel done, cutty-sark!… in full agreement re Killie… etc…

    You’re the west-coast Arbroath.

    0-2 Dowds (86'), McKinnon (90')

    There are a huge number of differences between us and Arbroath , either a wind up or a lazy post m8 . Anyway looking forward to Saturday and hopefully a decent crowd , be interesting to see if we go above 4,000 . Hopefully we have everyone fit and Dipo and Mark can push on their partnership to the next level . 

  8. 53 minutes ago, diegomarahenry said:

    Wingers are always inconsistent, often they don't get the beating of their full back, when that happens you are as well taking them off. O'Conner has been fairly consistent when he has played but has had some quiet games so I would expect them to share that position most weeks. Ideally I'd like someone to play out left to challenge Ashford and give us another option out there, Or try Ecripont or Reading further forward. 

    Ecrepont has to get a chance sooner rather than later . I think the best of Reading is in attack , so if Finn can handle left back then it’s a no brainier to push Paddy up to left midfield. 

  9. 21 minutes ago, diegomarahenry said:

    Difficult game to predict for once. Ayr can chuck away goals to teams looking to capitalise and Hamilton scored a fair few in the league cup. Up until 20:45 on Friday I would have expected a routine Hamilton win. 

    It's unlikely we will get any new players before Saturday so it depends on how we are set up, McCallister looked at fault for one, maybe both goals on Friday but has played well. Bryden had a poor game on Friday, do we drop him and maybe dent his confidence or give him a chance to put in a performance against Hamilton? Did McKenzie do enough to earn a start or has he already proven he doesn't deserve one?

    My prediction, Score draw.

    I’d be tempted to give JML and Fraser another chance on Saturday , knowing full well that the Accies players won’t fancy a fresh Daire running at them in the heat in the second half . Although I would understand if Bullen went with the second half 11 from Friday night .

    My prediction, 2-0 Ayr with Dipo raising his total . 

  10. The McCall era only went golden when Sandy arrived but it’s fair to say it was a partnership that produced an excellent team for a couple of seasons . Great days , especially considering our budget at the time , all be it a full time one . The low point was Talbot in the cup where we refused to get down in the mud and scrap for our lives . High point obviously Dundee United away , where we butchered one of the country’s top clubs on their own manor .

    in my opinion Sandy’s Queens Park displayed both those extremes in one 90 min match on Friday .  So it highs and lows with that brand of football in 5he Championship . Bullen hasn’t got us to where he wants us yet , Friday was brilliant but so was the second half at Rugby Park . The issue is  some of the rotten performances in between . Saturday will tell us a lot about the current team . They have enough in the locker to beat Hamilton , question is can they get their physical pressing style out for 90 mins ? We’ll know soon enough .

    The future is bright though  , stick with it fellas ...

  11. 39 minutes ago, Superhursy7 said:

    Controversial but as good as Alan is bringing him at this stage would be quite a risk, no pre season with his injury history I'd be scared he'd pick up an injury and and we would have spunked a massive part of our budget, the dream is Kelly if we can't get him I'd be happy seeing Cammy Smith come back but can't see The chairman sanctioning that deal. Up front Matej Poplatnik seams the most realistic but an out of the box signing would be Dapo Mebude on loan from wolves.

    Think your right on Scott Alan , I think these kind of signings may come in good time , maybe after the North Bank is finished . On Cammy Smith , think David Smith was putting the deal together for Cammy to return and Hopkins blew a fuse . so the boy thought better not sign if the manager didn’t fancy it . So Smith might be open to it if Cammy is available and Bully rates him . All guess work but they are definitely doing their due diligence on somebody ..

  12. 6 minutes ago, WATTOO said:

    The 2 year contract is already looking like a great bit of business.....

    I would be looking at extending that deal sooner rather than later . On Dipo though , he does appear to be more effective with a partner . So I’d be keeping it simple in a 442 for the next two or three games . However the arrival of the ghost might offer something different in therms of formation and shape .

  13. 15 minutes ago, North Terrace Gazza said:

    Remember last season and all the flak about McGinty playing as our first choice centre back. Now he’s first name on the team sheet 😂

    Playing beside a guy like Frankie , who can really play, must have helped a bit . Also the stability of the club and maybe a manager who can man manage . 

  14. 15 hours ago, D'Jaffo said:

    Also, no idea if it’s been said but last night showed that Dipo isn’t the big, bulking target man that we maybe thought he could be. But the introduction of McKenzie and having someone win headers for him showed that he could be absolutely brilliant playing alongside someone like Ugwu for example. Think he’s going to Hamilton but I think that’s the kind of striker we need. That first goal that he scored was just basic direct football and shows how important winning the first header is. McKenzie did brilliantly for it.

    I think Dipo can be either , kinda all court forward if you like . Effective leading the line as well as playing off a unit . So the conundrum is do we bring in a big unit like Ugwa or a silky no 10 like say Cammy Smith ?. Be brilliant if we could get both types in . That would give us the flexibility to play different systems . 

  15. 24 minutes ago, Bring Your Own Socks said:

    The only positive is we got to know very early in the season that some of our new guys don’t like a square-go. They better learn quick.

    This .... 

    And this was Ayr United 2018 , 2019 .... So much of Queens last night reminded me of the McCall/Sandy era at Somerset . We in these days regularly got bullied out of games we should have won , Ross County and Inverness being the ones that spring to mind . What I can say to Queens fans you’ll have your days , maybe mainly summer and spring , but you will have days where you absolutely cream teams in this division . You have too many ballers for this not to be the case .

    On another note I’ve always loved Ocilview , we had about 500 up last night and the place was rocking  , when Thistle or Dundee rock up with three times that the roof will come off . Anyway Queens welcome to the Championship, you’ll be fine .

  16. What a game of football . Queens walked through our midfield for the first half unchallenged. Simon Murray was giving us huge problems with his movement . Lost two very bad goals . You seldom get it all your own way in football matches and it’s very possible all of the above was just down to Queens playing well .  Second half our midfield came to the party , superb tempo and aggression . Turned it round in some style . Dipo will surely play with out pressure moving forward , Bangala hopefully will stiffen up the midfield when he gets here. . So it’s on to Accies next week , let’s have it .

  17. Yesterdays game went pretty much as I expected , match Arbroath’s tempo and work rate and you give yourself a good chance . Liked our 442 , seemed to suit us well , Albinson was fine , McAlister was superb and Dempsey seems to be getting his form back to where it was last season . 

    As others have already stated , our next two signings are critical. Hopefully we do something in that respect this week . 

    My only criticism would be we didn’t take advantage of them going down to 10 men . Also as we tired around the 70 minute mark , we didn’t have the impact subs to raise the tempo again . We really do need to find away to score first half goals , that would change everything . However Arbroath are a tough team to play and we did very well to dominate then in most areas ...

     

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