By David Buick

Stevie Crawford and his Dunfermline side fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to Ayr yesterday as the Pars failed to stop their losing streak.

Craig Moore’s first half strike was enough for the Honest Men who saw the game out comfortably in the second half with Dunfermline really struggling to create any chances after falling behind.

Moore scored the vital goal. (Photo by Robbie Boyd)

For the second week running Dunfermline have capitulated and ran out of ideas once going behind after a positive start to the game, much to the disappointment of Stevie Crawford.

Crawford said: “We created a lot of chances in the first half, but you don’t win games of football in the first 45.

“I think it was similar last week. We were the better side and created lots of chances in the first half. I thought we were bit unlucky to lose the goal in the manner we did.

Work to be done. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“In the second half we were sort of devoid of ideas. We’re bitterly disappointed to have lost the game at home to Ayr United, especially on the back of decent first half performance. But we never asked them enough questions in the second half.”

Crawford is well aware that his side need to improve when it comes to breaking down teams who look to defend: “It can become difficult and frustrating, Ayr have gone ahead like Alloa last week where they sat back deeper.

“We’ve got to find a way of trying to break teams down when it’s like that. It’s something we’ll work away at on the training pitch.

Crawford and the Pars need to work one the breakdown of defences.

Crawford and the Pars need to work one the breakdown of defences. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“It’s not pleasing reading when you see we’re on the back of four consecutive defeats. I’ve got faith that we can turn that round and get more out of the players but it’s just not great that it’s two defeats at home back to back after being on a good run.”

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