Goals from Stoke City loanee Ethan Varian and Dario Zanatta sealed a comfortable 2-0 Scottish Championship win for Raith Rovers over Ayr United as boos rang out in the home end.

Varian netted for the second time since arriving at Rovers from Stoke City before Zanatta added another to secure Raith’s first league win of the season. Ayr have lost three of their opening four matches and fans voiced their displeasure with manager David Hopkin during the game at Somerset Park.

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The Stoke City loanee netted for Raith. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Hopkin said (DR): “It’s the first time since I’ve been here that nine or ten players didn’t play well. I can take abuse – I’ve been in football for a long time. All I ask the fans is to get behind Ayr United and the players on that pitch.

“They can think what they want of me, that’s fine, I’ve been around long enough in the game. The Somerset Road End has been fantastic in games and we’ve gone from the great performance against Dundee United a couple of weeks ago to this, so it’s frustrating.

“We went to Inverness the other week and had 250 fans clapping us off the pitch. There are going to be bumps in the road. Everyone is in it together and the players will give it everything with the fans’ support.”

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