By Ben Banks and David Buick
It may not have been the prettiest to watch- but Mark Kerr says his new ‘style’ was effective as Ayr United beat Dunfermline 1-0.
Going into this game on the back of one win in seven, Kerr needed a victory to revitalise their play-off hopes. They did just that with an impressive away triumph, and after Dundee lost 2-0 to Inverness, they now sit six points clear of fifth and two in front of fourth.
They achieved this feat via a first half Craig Moore strike. His effort was enough as the Honest Men stifled the home side to grind out a big win.
Speaking after the game, Kerr has praised the not so pretty but very effective approach that his side implemented in Fife.
“It was a bit of a different style today,” Kerr said. “We knew Dunfermline would press us and try and stop our full-backs getting on the ball. We didn’t want to be too open and try to play too many intricate passes in the first half. We’ve been stung by that in the past few weeks and teams have started to find us out.
“It was maybe ugly to watch at times. But we need to learn we can’t just play the same way. Teams are saying Ayr United are great, one of the best teams in the league — but it doesn’t matter if you’re not taking points.
“They’ve got good players so we knew it wasn’t going to be all guns blazing today. I think we did start to find our feet and stretched them. The second half was very comfortable.
“We had lost a bit of momentum in the period building up to me being appointed. We had won one and lost two. People said: ‘You’re going into a team on a high’, but we weren’t on a high. We had taken a wee dent.
“It has been challenging but it’s been good, I’ve got good boys. If you ask them to do something different, they do it. We’re not one dimensional and today shows that.”