By David Buick
Kevin Nisbet got the only goal of the game with a well taken header in the second half to win it for his side. There were numerous chances for each side, with both goalkeepers performing very well. Cammy Gill in particular was in sensational form with several fine saves as Ayr pushed to get back into the game.
Dunfermline did hold on though and headed back to the kingdom of Fife with a valuable three points. Here are three things we learned.
Nisbet continues hot streak
Nisbet continued his rich vein of goalscoring form as he made it 11 for the season with a lovely headed goal. Fresh off the back of a fantastic display at home to Partick Thistle on Saturday, where he fired in four goals against his former club, Nisbet added another goal to his tally which will no doubt lead to increased transfer speculation, with talk of several big clubs being interested in him in recent weeks.
Nisbet is now the second top scorer in the Championship behind Lawrence Shankland and his goals are helping propel the Pars up the league table.
Long spell without a game hampers Honest Men
The home side seemed to really by feeling the effects of their long period without a game, as Mark Kerr’s men struggled to play any conducive football with a lot of slack passing.
24 days since their last game really showed as it took the home side far too long to settle into the game and even when they did start to gain some control, they were let down by poor decision making. The final ten minutes did see a sustained spell of good play by the hosts, but it was too little too late as Dunfermline held on for the three points.
With Ayr travelling to the Highlands to play Inverness on Saturday, manager Kerr will be well aware that his side will need to show a serious improvement in order to come away with a positive result.
Pars moving on up
Four wins in the last five league games has propelled Dunfermline up into fourth and into the playoff positions.
This was a big win for Stevie Crawford’s side which has really put down a marker. Beating one of the top teams in league away from home proves that Dunfermline have the ability to compete near the top of the league and they are now only two points behind the Honest Men.
In fact, should Dunfermline win at home to Morton on Saturday, they could go third if Ayr fail to win at Inverness. With Nisbet bang in form and scoring regularly along with the threat posed by Greg Kiltie and Ryan Dow, Dunfermline are tough proposition to face just now.