Ayr United manager Jim Duffy says his side ‘underperformed’ at the weekend as they lost 3-0 to Dunfermline.

The Honest Men travelled to East End Park keen to get back to winning ways in the Scottish Championship after being winless in their previous five matches.

However, it was a nightmare start in Dunfermline as the hosts went 1-0 up early on in the first half through Lewis McCann’s header.

Ryan Dow then doubled the hosts advantage before the break, glancing in Graham Dorran’s corner.

Dunfermline then sealed the three points in the second half, McCann netting again as the hosts leapfrogged Ayr in the table.

Speaking to the Advertiser, Duffy said: “We did not play well.

“You have got to be honest, sometimes in games if you lose you might have patches in the game where you play pretty well and maybe make an error that gets punished.

“But at the weekend there was very little to be positive about because we underperformed for pretty much the whole match.

“That is bitterly disappointing because from any game of football you want to try and take some positives but there was very little we could take from the game.

Next up for Ayr is a break from league action as they take on Albion Rovers in the Scottish Cup at the weekend.

Despite Albion being a division below Ayr Duffy says it is a game United will be taking seriously with their strongest available XI.

He said: “If I make changes it will be to win the game. We are not a good enough side to just give people game time.

“We are not playing well enough and Albion Rovers are actually playing very well and have had some terrific results recently.

“We have to try and go into that game get the blend right, get the formation right and more importantly get the attitude right to go and win the match.

“So, that is all that matters to me, the players that are selected for this game are the exact same for anyone, it is the team I think should be on the pitch to win that game. It is nothing to do with the opponent, there won’t be anything less than 100 per cent commitment to win.”