Ayr United defender Paddy Boyle admits the Honest Men do not want to be cut adrift at Championship basement

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Ayr United defender Paddy Boyle admits the Honest Men are wary of being cut adrift at the Championship basement after just three games.

The second tier newcomers are yet to get off the mark following defeats to Raith Rovers, Queen of the South and Dundee United but will be looking to get up and running in today’s visit of St Mirren, who are only a point better off.

After an encouraging Irn Bru Cup group campaign, which included a victory over Hamilton, Ian McCall’s side have been taught a harsh lesson in their opening games, but former Dunfermline defender Boyle is adamant they can recovery from their slow start.

Somerset Park 1000pxHe said: “We’re cautious of the fact that we don’t want to be cut away at the bottom but there are still plenty of games to go and we’ve got the confidence we can turn it around and that results will pick up.

“We started well in the cup but it’s been difficult in the league the first few weeks, we’ve quickly realised that any mistakes get punished and the ball ends up in the back of the net.

“But we’ve not been too down about it and we know things can change.

“St Mirren have got off to a poor start as well and it’s two teams who don’t want to be in the position they are in.

“It was a close game in the cup against them and I they effectively scored with the last kick of the game.”

Today’s visit of the Buddies is the first of three straight home matches at Somerset Park and Boyle admits they need to keep the fans onside.

He added: “We had pretty good home form last season and we didn’t lose that many games, and it will be good to get off and running at home and keep the home fans happy because we don’t want them drifting away.

“We need to keep the home fans on board and hopefully we can do that with a win.”

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