Ollie Crankshaw was elated to grab his first goal for Dundee, as the club defeated Ayr United to leapfrog them in the Championship table.

The 21-year-old has opened his account with The Dee after joining from Wigan Athletic in January, providing an injury-time strike to seal the points for the hosts at Dens Park.

The 2-0 result has provided a big boost for the club in their hopes of finishing in the promotion play-off places.

Crankshaw is off the mark at Dundee (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

Three points against Ayr means there is now a four-point gap between themselves and fifth-placed Dunfermline Athletic in the table, with the Pars dropping points against Partick Thistle thanks to a last-gasp Brian Graham goal.

Crankshaw told the club’s official website afterwards: “I really enjoyed that one. The first goal is always on a player’s mind, to get that first goal at a new club.”

“It’s great to get the goal but I’m just glad of the three points for the team.”

“The team were quality. We never looked like conceding a goal, we always looked like a threat. I think we dominated the game right from the start to the end and it was just good to get that goal at the end just to secure the win.”

Dundee must continue strong form

With victory over Ayr, The Dee have now gone six games unbeaten in the league – a run that has included three wins.

Dundee have opened up a four-point gap over fifth-placed Dunfermline (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

James McPake’s side are hitting form just at the right time, and it’s important for them to keep it going up to and beyond the split.

Following their relegation from the Premiership last season, fires are surely burning within the squad to get back promoted at the first time of asking.

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