Ayr United player-manager Mark Kerr was left pleased with his side’s start to the season, hailing the efforts of goalscorer Michael Miller and Aston Villa loanee Viljami Sinisalo.

The Honest Men ran out 2-1 winners over Queen of the South at Somerset Park. Miller struck twice in the opening 20 minutes and it was enough to seal three points, Aston Villa prospect Sinisalo making a few crucial saves to help get them over the line on his Championship debut.

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The Aston Villa starlet made crucial saves. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

Kerr, whilst admitting there’s things to work on, was pleased with the win and two key men in particular: “We got a great start and probably should have added to it.

“We did come off the game a wee bit but that was probably with different players playing different positions. But that’s what we are dealing with just now.

“I thought we played good football but maybe not in the right areas to open them up. But I thought we were comfortable. We got it right and we got the win.

“Michael Miller was brilliant, sitting at the base. But we maybe lost a bit of Joe (Chalmers) getting on the ball because he was sitting deeper. But Michael kept it simple and won the ball so it was a different style which influenced the game.

“Viljami did well. I had contact with an agent who deals with goalkeepers down in England. He gave us a list of five. We thought Viljami looked athletic, he can get across the goal and he reads things.

“He made some great saves today, that’s what you need.”

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