Aug 31 2012 by Mike WIlson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
MARC TWADDLE admitted it was hardly a debut to savour but insisted Ayr have the firepower to shoot up the league.
The former Falkirk and Partick defender claimed he shouldn’t have been playing after only signing on Thursday night.
But injuries and defensive problems forced him off the bench midway through the second-half.
After Ayr twice chucked away the lead, they were stung at the death when Martyn Fotheringham fired Forfar’s winner.
Twaddle, 25, revealed: “Injuries dictated I had to go on the bench and then another meant I had to go on which wasn’t ideal.
“I’m nowhere near fit enough but these things happen in football and you just have to get on with it.
“We conceded three bad goals and you can’t expect to score four goals every game to win.
“Davie Sinclair scored two brilliant goals and young Robbie Crawford did great on his full debut. But you can’t afford to give away goals right on half-time and full-time.
“I need a couple of weeks training to get up to speed as I have had only had a couple of training sessions with Ayr in the last four months.
“Ayr is a minimum of a First Division team with their support. It’s not been a great start to the season but if you win four or five games on the bounce you’ll be sitting top of the league.”
Twaddle famously scored the winner for Falkirk to give them their first league win over Rangers in over three decades.
But he lost his way in England after an unhappy spell at Rochdale and is now glad to be reunited with gaffer Mark Roberts, a former team-mate at Partick.
A Sinclair double twice had Ayr ahead but suicidal defending allowed Forfar to level and snatch a last minute winner.
How Michael Moffat finished on the losing side is anybody’s guess. He was the game’s standout player by a distance and was well supported by Crawford and Adam Hunter.
But others were posted missing and Roberts admitted he could sense Forfar’s winner was coming.
He raged: “Some of the guys are playing like it’s an entertainment for them but it’s their jobs.
“The goals we are giving away are just criminal. We had some excellent individual performances and we put so much into the game.
“Crawford was outstanding, Sinclair scored two cracking goals while Moff and Adam Hunter had great games.
“Individual errors are killing us and they must be sorted out or the pressure will pile up.”
Sinclair fired Ayr ahead in six minutes with a measured shot after Moffat set him up.
But there was a let-off when Darren Brownlie’s back header to Ally Brown flew straight to Gavin Swankie. However, the striker was caught unawares and the keeper made a fine save.
Sinclair had a free-kick superbly touched on to the bar by Derek Soutar. If that had gone in, Ayr would have been well on their way.
But a John Robertson tackle on Keith Gibson just before the break resulted in a penalty and Iain Campbell wrongfooted Brown from the spot.
Sinclair put Ayr back in front with a low free-kick which screamed past the defensive wall only for Swankie to again level from close range.
Roberts pitched on three subs but kept himself on the bench. But Ayr had lost their way and with less than two minutes to go, Swankie set up Fotheringham to nail the winner.
Loons boss Dick Campbell claimed: “We totally deserved the victory. But Ayr will be up there at the end of the season because they have too many good players.”
AYR: Brown, Hunter, McCann, J. Robertson (Twaddle 64), Brownlie, Sinclair, McGowan, Crawford, Moffat, Winters (R. Robertson 66), Marenghi (Shankland 70). Unused subs: Martin, Roberts. Booked: J. Robertson, McGowan.
FORFAR: Soutar, McCulloch, I. Campbell,Bolochoweckyj, Tulloch, Templeman (Sellars 85), R. Campbell (Motion 80), Fotheringham, Swankie, Gibson, Denholm (Kadar 70). Subs: Scott, Dunlop. Booked: Bolochoweckyz
Referee: David Somers; Crowd: 1094.