By David Buick and Ben Banks

Mark Kerr has demanded better from his Ayr United players after his side lost 1-0 to Dunfermline.

A Kevin Nisbet strike in the second half was enough for the Pars as they left Somerset Park with a vital three points. It lifts them into the play-off spots.

A good win for Crawford. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Ayr meanwhile stay in third but they remain nine points off Dundee United at the top whilst Dunfermline are now just two points behind them.

Kerr says that his side have to do better to hold a clean sheet and give themselves a chance of taking some points.

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“We never really had an injection of pace up until the final five-ten minutes but that just comes naturally when teams are trying to defend a 1-0 lead,” Kerr said. “It’s still unacceptable.

No end product for Ayr United. (Photo by Robbie Boyd)

“If we don’t win the game we make sure we keep a clean sheet and we didn’t manage to do that. There are so many bits that we are disappointed with. A lot of time away from games isn’t an excuse.

“Some of our touches and awareness wasn’t as sharp, that was clear to see. It was just stupid things, trying to take early free quicks, trying to do things quick. Our minds are doing it but our bodies aren’t reacting to it.

“We showed nothing really until the last ten minutes. We were going to the shape and we lose a goal before we do anything. You try and get the full-backs high and try and get the strikers in the box.

Pushing up the park. (Photo by Robbie Boyd)

“You lose a goal and you’re up against it. We never really gave ourselves a chance.”

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