Ayr United manager David Hopkin was delighted for young striker Mark McKenzie and his whole squad after the first win of his Somerset Park reign.

The former Livingston and Morton manager took over as Ayr boss last week following the departure of Mark Kerr. He achieved his first victory on Tuesday, a McKenzie double and Cammy Smith strike sealing a comfortable win.

Big win for Ayr United and Hopkin.

Big win for Ayr United and Hopkin. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

It moves Ayr just three points outside the promotion play-off spots in the Scottish Championship and Hopkin says a blend of good football and ‘grit’ was key: “We were organised, we had pace up front and young Mark led the line superbly.

“I’m delighted for Mark that he got his first senior goals for the club. The whole team to a man did magnificently. We worked to a plan and limited to Dundee to very little. It was important that we came and got something from the game.

“Every time my teams played against Ayr down the years they were a fantastic footballing team and you saw that ability tonight combined with a little bit of grit and determination that I always like to have. I’m delighted with the way the players played but I was disappointed to concede the goal as that took the shine off a very good team performance.

“We have only been in a few days and we have played two games, it’s been a whirlwind. We asked the players to go and do a job. If we could manage to score a couple of goals we could make it difficult and that’s what happened.”

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