Feb 24 2012 by Mike WIlson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
FRUSTRATED Brian Reid has lost out on a bid to bring back old favourite Ryan McCann after the player was involved in a car smash.
With Ayr’s squad down to the bare bones, Reid hoped to tempt back the midfielder who has been released by Stockport.
The gaffer revealed: “I speak to Ryan regularly but he has taken a bad knock to the head after a car accident.
“He has concussion and can’t train for up to six weeks.”
John Robertson and Alan Trouten are struggling for Saturday’s visit of Livingston while Martyn Campbell is out for a fortnight.
Weary Ayr are targeting three home league games in a row as they try to dodge relegation row.
Tuesday night's 4-2 defeat by Partick left them rooted at the foot, one point behind Raith and two behind Queen of the South.
But United, who have two games in hand, now face a Somerset Park treble against Livingston, Ross County next Wednesday (February 29) and Falkirk on March 3.
Reid admitted: “A blind man can see we need to bring in more players, particularly a centre-half.
“I have spoken to almost every SPL club but have drawn a blank so far for loan players.
“I never saw that defeat coming. We lost bad goals after a good start but a lot of decisions went against us.”
Ayr looked set to continue their recent good run when Keigan Parker fired home an Adam Dodd cross after only four minutes at rain lashed Firhill.
Liam Tomsett, who hit a stunner in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Ross County, sent a rocket effort inches over while Mark Roberts hit the side net.
Ayr's super start, which pinned Thistle back with some great play, fell apart 10 minutes into the second-half when former Auchinleck striker Kris Doolan raked in a low 22 yarder.
Ross Robertson replaced the injured John Robertson with Andy Geggan moving to right-back as Ayr tried to regroup.
But they were opened up again in 64 minutes when Doolan headed home a Chris Erskine cross.
Gareth Wardlaw replaced Roberts but there was more woe in 81 minutes when Eddie Malone fouled Paul Paton for a penalty which Paul Cairney converted.
Michael Moffat retired for Jamie McKernon and there was a glimmer with two minutes left when Michael McGowan buried a screamer past Scott Fox.
But Thistle sealed it on a quick break when Cairney fired home from Paton's run.
PARTICK: Fox; O'Donnell, Sinclair, Paton, Cole, Archibald, Cairney, Rowson, Doolan, Elliot (Naismith 73), Erskine (Bannigan 90). Unused subs: Scully, Stewart, Robertson.
AYR: Cuthbert; J. Robertson (R. Robertson 58), Dodd, Malone, Smith, Geggan, Moffat (McKernon 81), Tomsett, Parker, Roberts (Wardlaw 69), McGowan. Unused subs: McWilliams, Shankland. Booked: Parker, R. Robertson.
Referee: Calum Murray; Crowd: 1439.