By David Buick

Ayr United and Dunfermline played out a 1-1 draw at Somerset Park on Saturday as both sides missed the chance fully boost their Scottish Championship goals.

Dunfermline were looking again for a positive result following recent setbacks in their quest for the top four. Meanwhile Ayr were looking for a good result to pull away from the relegation play-off place at the other end of the table. Dunfermline went ahead through Declan McManus, who headed home a Ewan Henderson cross to give the Pars the lead.

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McManus opened the scoring for Dunfermline against Ayr United. (Photo by SNS Group)

However, the Honest Men made it 1-1 as Michael Miller was on hand to turn the ball home inside the box. The rest of the game proved to be a very even affair with neither side really looking like finding a winner in the second half. Here are three things we learned. 

Dunfermline chasing winning formula

Last week’s point for Dunfermline at home to Hearts was a vastly improved performance but was game they should have taken three points. Yet again at Somerset Park, Dunfermline couldn’t get the win on the board and had to settle for a point.

With other teams in the hunt for the promotion play-off’s also dropping points, this will be seen as a chance missed for the Pars to get themselves back into the top four as we approach the end of the season. The Pars host Dundee on Tuesday night in what is set to be a massive game.

Battling Ayr bounce back

Following the heavy midweek defeat to Dundee, Ayr fans probably feared the worst when Dunfermline got ahead. The Honest Men sit just a point above the relegation play-off place and with very few games left, defeat could have proved very costly.

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Battled hard. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

David Hopkin’s men managed to show a great deal of fight and seal a well-earned point. They battled hard and defence resolutely throughout, limiting the Pars to very little chances in the game.

As you were

On a matchday that threatened to throw up twists and turns in the promotion race and battle to avoid relegation, not many would have expected absolutely nothing to change with all games ending in draws. The tension and pressure on teams in the Championship is perhaps taking its toll as Hearts win the league

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