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Dunfermline Athletic 0-0 Ayr United

By Heather DewarBBC Scotland at East End Park
Neither Dunfermline nor Ayr were able to break the deadlock
Neither Dunfermline nor Ayr were able to break the deadlock

Dunfermline Athletic failed to take full advantage of Hearts' shock defeat as they were held at home by Ayr United in the Scottish Championship.

Stevie Crawford's side edged a point closer to the leaders - who lost at home to Raith Rovers - but remain six points adrift of the summit.

Ryan Dow, Declan McManus and Lewis McCann all spurned chances, as did Cammy Smith and Michael Moffat for Ayr.

They stay in sixth place, three points off the promotion play-off places.

Dunfermline Athletic head coach Steve Crawford: "When opportunities fell to us, we never worked their keeper. That's something we will work on.

"We're in a very competitive league and we're not resting on our laurels - we've drawn a lot and we need to find that creativity to win games. We need to find that confidence and trust our quality."

Ayr United player-manager Mark Kerr: "Sometimes you're happy with a point here, but today I felt we were better. We looked more attacking and were solid at the back.

"We're hoping to add a striker tomorrow. We've had ones that haven't worked out so hopefully we can add someone who's big, can get up the pitch and create chances."

Line-ups

Dunfermline

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fon Williams
  • 2Comrie
  • 44Watson
  • 5Murray
  • 3Edwards
  • 16WhittakerSubstituted forMayoat 76'minutes
  • 15Wilson
  • 11Dow
  • 8TurnerSubstituted forMcCannat 67'minutes
  • 23ThomasSubstituted forMurrayat 78'minutes
  • 10McManus

Substitutes

  • 6MacDonald
  • 7O'Hara
  • 14McCann
  • 20Gill
  • 21Murray
  • 22Mayo
  • 24McInroy

Ayr

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Sinisalo
  • 8Miller
  • 30Baird
  • 4Muirhead
  • 17Ndaba
  • 6Murdoch
  • 18Chalmers
  • 11McCowan
  • 10Walsh
  • 14Smith
  • 19ZanattaSubstituted forMoffatat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Houston
  • 3Reading
  • 5Roscoe-Byrne
  • 7Moffat
  • 21Hare-Reid
  • 22McKenzie
  • 27Kerr
Referee:
Don Robertson

Match Stats

Home TeamDunfermlineAway TeamAyr
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home7
Away3
Shots on Target
Home0
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 0, Ayr United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 0, Ayr United 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Declan McManus (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

  4. Post update

    Declan McManus (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Muirhead (Ayr United).

  6. Post update

    Paul Watson (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Michael Moffat (Ayr United).

  8. Post update

    Ryan Dow (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Corrie Ndaba (Ayr United).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Aaron Comrie.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Iain Wilson (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Corrie Ndaba.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Jack Baird.

  14. Post update

    Corrie Ndaba (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Iain Wilson (Dunfermline Athletic).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Fraser Murray replaces Dom Thomas.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Lewis Mayo replaces Steven Whittaker.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Luke McCowan (Ayr United).

  20. Post update

    Declan McManus (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts1290335171827
2Dunfermline125612013721
3Dundee125522321220
4Raith Rovers1053224131118
5Morton124441115-416
6Ayr123541616014
7Queen of Sth134271930-1114
8Inverness CT93331512312
9Alloa122281228-168
10Arbroath12147818-107
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