Darren’s Verdict – Ayr United


Following Saturday’s defeat at home to Ayr United, player/manager Darren Young spoke to the media.

“The defeat was obviously disappointing, but if you give away goals like that against any team you’re going to get punished.”

“First goal, we know we could’ve done a lot better, the second, a wonder-strike we couldn’t do much about and the third again came from a wonder-strike and they were just quicker to the rebound. ”

“I think in the first-half both teams had just three shots on target, the only difference being theirs went in and ours didn’t, simple as that. It’s always going to be difficult when you give teams a goal from the start, but I was, overall, happy enough with the performance in the second-half. We wanted to make sure that we didn’t concede any more goals, but also try go out and get back into the game too. These things happen though, it was three points lost, we’ll dust ourselves down and try get back to winning ways.”

Young added: “With the way results went elsewhere, fortunately it doesn’t look too bad – we’re still in the top three, with two games in hand over Peterhead.”

Adding further pain to the defeat, striker John Gemmell was also taken off injured inside the first 15 minutes, a knock Young is hoping isn’t too serious.

“John went off with the sore ankle again, just the same injury s that’s been bothering him throughout the season, so that’s a little bit disappointing again – not having a game in a few weeks then your striker coming off early doors.”

“We took Callum McRobbie off near the end too, just trying to protect him, he’s not played that many games and with John potentially sidelined and Andy Barrowman too, Callum is our only striker left.”

He concluded: “We can certainly take positives from today, the way the boys stuck at it, tried to get back into the game, the heads never went down, therefore that’s good fighting spirit. The heads never went down and showed good determination in the second-half.”