De­fence is still an is­sue

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Mon­k­lands Derby Day Spe­cial - Sam Ten­nant

Nar­row de­feats in our most re­cent games to League One’s run­away ti­tle con­tenders has to in­di­cate progress be­ing made un­der the club’s new regime.

Ayr United will cer­tainly con­sider Satur­day’s tri­umph at the Ex­cel­sior a ma­jor step to­wards what is shap­ing up to be a vic­to­ri­ous cam­paign.

Con­sis­tently high scor­ers, the Hon­est Men’s path to goal was smoothed con­sid­er­ably on this oc­ca­sion by more weak de­fend­ing from a Di­a­monds rear­guard who looked glar­ingly ex­posed each time their op­po­nents crossed the half-way line.

Even after an off­side call de­nied the Hon­est Men a chance to fi­nally go ahead, you just had the feel­ing their chance would come again soon. And come it did. Jack Hastie hit the post late on but, on bal­ance, Air­drie have Ro­han Fer­gu­son to thank for keep­ing them in the game for so long.

Un­der Ian McCall, Ayr have taken on a cer­tain sneer­ing haugh­ti­ness.

Bor­row­ing some of their‘at­ti­tude’ might go some way to mak­ing our own team harder to beat.

In some ways, Stephen Find­lay fits the promis­ing young man­ager pro­file per­fectly.

His ef­forts to form a solid back­line have failed mis­er­ably how­ever.

For­tu­nately, he has the sum­mer to sort that out.

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