Gary Teale admits StMirren will be out for revenge tonight as his old club comes to Paisley in search of another cup shock.
The Buddies will welcome Ayr United to St Mirren Park for the second time in little under a year.
And 34-year-old Teale will be hoping to avoid double disappointment after the Honest Men came out on top in last season’s League Cup quarter-final clash.
He told Express Sports: “Ayr put us out of the League Cup in last year’s quarter-finals, so that gives this game an extra bit of significance.
“We want a bit of revenge for that defeat because it still rankles a lot with the boys.
“Ayr came here with a game plan and it worked for them. They sat in and that didn’t do much to make it a spectacle for everyone else but it proved to be our downfall as we were expected to break them down and we couldn’t do it.
“They were waiting for a set-piece that night and hoping to take advantage and that is exactly what transpired.”
Teale started that game against his former employers, for whom he made more than 100 appearances between 1998 and 2001, but could do nothing as a free-kick by ex-Saints star Eddie Malone was met with a glancing header from Chris Smith to hand Ayr the victory.
The Somerset Park men may well fancy their chances of causing another upset in tonight’s second round tie but former Scotland winger Teale is hoping the Buddies can get off to a good start and nip the visitors’ enthusiasm in the bud.
He added: “A good start is important. If we had scored early on that night against Ayr, it probably would have been a different game but we weren’t good enough to break them down and the frustration built up. This time, we’ll be looking to put that right and the onus will be on us to get off to a quick start.”