DEFIANT Ayr United boss Ian McCall insists his side are not giving up on the League One title just yet.

They will go all out for a home win against Albion Rovers on Saturday and hope there's a final twist in the title race after a "gut-wrenching" weekend defeat at Alloa.

Their fate is now out of their hands as Raith Rovers go into their final league match at home to Ayr's conquerors one point ahead and that's in stark contrast to a fortnight ago when United were five points clear with a far superior goal difference and three games remaining.

However back-to-back defeats have left them with a mountain to climb.

McCall said after the match: "I felt we were really poor in the first half but Andy Geggan had to come off injured and we changed things around after the break. We dominated and made two or three different chances. Had we scored the penalty I think we would have won the match and that's what I felt we had a real chance of doing. But it's tough to be hard on Craig Moore, who has 26 goals.

"There was a lot of good play from us in the second half but it's gut-wrenching. If it is the playoff we will give it our best shot and try to go up but it won't feel the same as winning the league."

"Ten weeks ago Raith were in the driving seat and two weeks ago we were in the driving seat so we will see what happens on Saturday."

He added on Monday: "The fans gave us such great backing and we appreciated that. I wouldn't change anything we did on Sunday. But so much has gone against us in the last couple of weeks - Craig Reid got injured against Stranraer, Lawrence Shankland was sent off and then we ended up missing a penalty."

This tantalising title race could still be set for a final twist as the lead has changed hands so much and the pressure will be on Raith to preserve their lead.

McCall insists the players are fully focused on the game and added: "We must go out there and make sure we beat Albion Rovers in the last league match. Raith are up against a good Alloa side and hopefully they will take something off them and the fans will give us good backing. I am hurting and I know they are too."

Ayr will go into the game without Reid, Chris Higgins, club captain Ross Docherty, Paddy Boyle and Andy Geggan, who are all injured, and the suspended Shankland, who would be available for the playoffs.