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Managers Post Ayr United

Saturday, 16th Apr 2022

16/04/22: link to audio of both managers’ post match comments


- - Listen to this John Hughes interview

Dunfermline manager John Hughes was delighted with the win even though it had taken until the final reaches of the match to calm the nerves of the supporters.

“I have said in a number of interviews that we want to do it right, playing nice attractive football but from now until the end of the season if we win ugly we will take it. I think that was it.

“The game should have been out of sight in the first half. It looked like it affected us a little bit and we had Jakub to thank for one or two saves. We had one off the line.

Second half it was a case of what do we have to lose, it was a case of going with a real quirky shape to get more bodies forward. Dan Pybus wasn’t playing centre half, we was playing more in front of Efe, picking up the second striker in a sort of pivot role. Efe dealt with it and then with Josh and Toddy on the sides of him, they are not centre halves in a five, but we wanted to give them licence to get forward as well.

“Anyway second half all credit to them. We made it tough for ourselves but I’m really pleased for them”

You can’t ask for more of your subs?

“I have always said, nobody has been flung off the bus or the boat. It is all hands on deck, there is a good spirit and camaraderie amongst them and everybody has their part to play. Those two came on and got the goals so I’m absolutely delighted.

“The thing about it is big Toddy comes on and gets the winner there. He has been training very well, he never lets his head go down and he has been getting on with it. He is probably the first one to dig up a few if they are not trying to do it right.

“He has had to be patient because if you have seen us over the last couple of months there have been things we have done really good. It is horses for courses but they certainly played their part today.”

Dunfermline and Ayr United are not locked together level on points and goal difference with the same two sides to play on the last two fixtures. Morton are not safe yet either as they sit on 40 points five ahead but with teams in the top three yet to play. John Hughes predicted that it is going to go right to the wire:-

“Every team that I have played against in this league has got three or four players that you would say, ‘I would take him at my club’.

“We will take it, it wasn’t the greatest. I think we got out of jail a bit but we showed plenty of character in the second half. We were the better team in the second half. We were on the front foot, they showed the character to d9 that and we got our reward.”

Were you confident that it was coming?

“I know Reece Cole has that free kick in him, he does it in him and I see him do that in training every day. Big Toddy gets the winner so I wasn’t confident but we will take it.”


- - Hear the thoughts of Ayr United boss Lee Bullen



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