DETERMINED manager Ian McCall is anxious to get back to winning ways with Ayr United after they suffered their heaviest defeat of the season.

United on Saturday went down 6-2 away to relegation rivals St Mirren, leaving them just one point clear of the basement side, who have a game in hand.

The hosts had a whirlwind start and went 3-0 up inside 23 minutes, leaving them all but home and dry.

McCall was disappointed with the result and said: "It was a bad day. We were a bit leggy after midweek when I felt we were very unlucky to take nothing from the game at Tannadice after a really big effort. Some of the guys were struggling with injury. But the game is past now, there's nothing we can do about it."

He added: "We had been on a good run and have beaten three of the bottom five teams. I think it will go to the wire."

Looking ahead McCall said: "We have five games left but must only think about the next one. We are at home to Queen of the South on Saturday and must look to win that game."

Conrad Balatoni (calf injury) is set to miss out but everyone else was available at the time of going to press.