Boss expecting tough time at Somerset Park

Ross Brown finds a way past Brechin's Ewan Moyes.
Ross Brown finds a way past Brechin's Ewan Moyes.

Gary Naysmith admits Saturday’s visit to Ayr United presents the club with one of the league’s toughest away days.

The Bayview boss reckons the Honest Men are one of the top side’s in the division and is under no illusion about how difficult it will be to take the three points.

Naysmith was speaking after watching the Fifers lose their first game under his watch as they went down 3-1 at home to Brechin on Saturday.

The boss said: “It’s a difficult one for us.

“They’ve done really well recently and we know what they’re like as a team.

“It’s probably up there with Rangers and Dunfermline away from home as the most difficult in the league.

“With us having Ayr and Rangers away in the next few games it’s important we stick together as a group and work on what we weren’t so good at against Brechin and take the positives from the 25 minute spell that we had in the second half.”

Naysmith struggled to hide his disappointment following Saturday’s loss which came on the back of decent wins against Stenhousemuir and Airdrie.

“We wanted to build on the last two games but it wasn’t to be, but I was realistic myself.

“I think things had fallen for us in the last few games.

“For example it’s not every week that Stephen Hughes will score a free-kick from 30 yards.

“A lot of people outwith the changing room were saying that we were only six points off the play-offs but that maybe put a false outlook on things.

“We’re a work in progress.

“The lads have still got to buy in to what I want to do and I have to work with them.

“I’m disappointed with the result but if I’m being positive if somebody had offered me six points out of nine I’d have bitten their hands off.”

Joe Mbu should return from injury.