Ayr United defender Paddy Boyle insists the Honest Men are on a mission to move clear of the Championship basement and put the breaks on St Mirren’s revival.
The two sides meet in Paisley this afternoon with the basement Buddies keen to maintain their momentum having won two games on the bounce after going 14 league matches without a victory.
Eighth-place Ayr are not only six points clear of Jack Ross’ side and former Everton trainee Boyle admits this afternoon’s clash is a huge match for both clubs.
“It’s a big game for both teams, they’re looking to beat us to drag us into it and we’re looking to put that daylight between ourselves and them.
“You would rather be involved in the big games at the top but this is still a game to look forward to.
“We’re part-time compared to St Mirren and we’ve got the chance to stretch the gap on them so it’s a big game
“The team-talk is pretty much already done for the gaffer given the important of the match. We want to stretch the gap and put a dampener on their recent run.
“It’s starting to bunch up a bit with the four teams down there and the next half dozen games will probably decide whether you’re looking up the table or are going to be involved in a relegation dogfight.”
After winning six matches in eight games in all competition during September and October, Ayr have gone six matches without a league victory but Boyle insists no-one at the club is panicking.
He added: “The results have not been great of late but we’ve been playing pretty well.
“We’ve not had a lot of wins recently but confidence is still high. We played well in the game at Raith and we feel we should have taken something from the match against Dundee United last week.
“It’s not the performances, it’s just the results but hopefully we can get that win to kick us on.”