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PremierLeague-News.Com - United now find themselves in a scrap after defeat saw them drop to second bottom.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Ayr boss Mark Kerr tonight admitted his side have been left in a "horrible position" after slumping to second bottom in the Championship. Goals in either half from Dan MacKay and Shane Sutherland sealed a first win in seven for Inverness. And United boss Kerr says his troops must show a more ruthless side in front of goal if they want to get out of trouble. Download the Ayrshire Live app today The Ayrshire Live app is available to download now. Get all the local news in your area – plus features, football news and the latest on the coronavirus crisis – at your fingertips 24/7. The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories while you can customise your page with the sections that matter to you. The Ayrshire Live app is available to download now on iOS and Android. He said: "I don't know how many good clearcut chances we had today and we didn't stick them away. "There wasn't a lot in the game because of the conditions but Inverness were clinical. "This result has put us in a horrible position and we need to start hitting the back of the net. "The position we're in tonight is unbelievable from feeling like we'd kicked on and were looking to push up the league. "But that's the way it is this season...one result can flip things so much. "We're not coming away from any game saying we're being battered by teams. "We're just not getting the break at the moment." Luke McCowan and Cameron Harper do battle (Image: SNS Group) Kerr admitted the loss of new striker Dre Wright, injured on the eve of the game, was a big blow to his gameplan. The hitman has tweaked his groin and his physical presence up top was a miss. Kerr said: "We put the ball in their box about 20 times in the first half and their centre halves were standing heading it back out. "We've known we're a bit light through the middle which is why we worked so hard to get a number nine in. "So losing Dre yesterday has killed us a bit." Ayr's Andy Murdoch battles with Shane Sutherland of Caley (Image: SNS Group) But he added: "We still started well and I felt it was a matter of waiting until we scored in that first half. "It's a case of fine margins and we've had a disallowed goal which I thought was very soft.
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. "But in saying that, you cannot go in behind at the break when you've had the wind. "It was a sickener to lose the goal the way we did. "We should never have put ourselves in that position in the game." The enforced replacement of Wright was Kerr's only change to the Ayr side which lost to Hearts last time out as Michael Moffat led the line.
Joe Chalmers and David Carson rise to challenge for a high ball
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And on a woeful afternoon for football at Somerset, Ayr did start the brighter with their tails up. The strong winds whipping across the park were making football nigh on impossible. But United were almost in front early doors when a goal kick from Viljami Sinisalo was inches away from flying straight in at the other end. Caley had to hunker down with the gale in their faces and they got the benefit of the referee's whistle on 25 minutes when Michael Miller looked to have put Ayr ahead. But the right back, who had risen to head home a Tom Walsh cross, was penalised for a shove on Caley keeper Mark Ridgers. That lifted the visitors and they were soon in front through a clinical counter attack.
Dan MacKay celebrates putting Caley ahead
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Nikolay Todorov led the charge before feeding Sutherland and he played in MacKay to rifle home a fine low finish. Ayr tried to respond before half time through a Luke McCowan header which was brilliantly saved by Ridgers. And then Joe Chalmers fired just wide from distance as they continued to probe. But Inverness weathered the storm and with the wind at their backs started the second half on top. And they quickly doubled their lead to put the game all but out of Ayr's reach.
Sutherland makes it 2-0 Inverness
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Sutherland was the man on the spot as he did well to control Todorov's shot on the edge of the box before rounding Sinisalo to score. Caley almost went three up when Robbie Deas saw a header superbly saved by Sinisalo from point blank range.
Kerr had seen enough and switched United to three at the back as he looked for some kind of response. And Ayr should have been back in it when Walsh crossed for sub Mark McKenzie, but he turned to fire inches wide from eight yards. Then Walsh drew a great stop from Ridgers at his nearpost as Ayr threw everything at a late comeback but it was too little too late. Don't miss the latest Ayrshire headlines – sign up to our free daily newsletter here: https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/newsletter-preference-centre/
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