Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : Dundee

Fri, 24th Jan 2020 Kick Off: 19:05

Dunfermline 2 Dundee 0

Friday, 24th Jan 2020

Ladbrokes Championship: Cammy Gill and Kyle Turner start, Ryan Scully and Lewis Martin drop out. Ryan Dow (28) 1-0: Kevin Nisbet (40) 2-0:

Friday night football returned to East End Park and as in August the opposition was Dundee. It was fifth v fourth with both teams eager for points to assist their challenge for a play off place.

After a run of five defeats in a row Dunfermline manager Stevie Crawford chose to go with 21 year old Cammy Gill in goal and with Lewis Martin absent through illness, Kyle Turner was brought in. Dundee manager James McPake also made two changes, Jamie Ness and Shaun Byrne being replaced by Ross Callachan and debuting 17 year old Lyall Cameron.

The visitors kicked off attacking the goal in front of the McCathie Stand but other than forcing an early corner neither Dundee nor Dunfermline managed anything to test the keepers in the opening twenty minutes.

After Dom Thomas was fouled midway into the Dundee half Turner sent over a 14th minute free kick that Callachan cleared although an offside flag had been raised. Turner slipped another free kick to Thomas seven minutes later but the Pars lost possession.

Ryan Dow was given the chance to deliver a corner from the left in the next minute but there appeared to be miscommunication and there was no one on the end of his long struck delivery.

The stalemate was broken in 28th minute when Danny Devine embarked on a run into the Dundee half. He played in Euan Murray to his left who slipped the ball on for Thomas. The on loan Kilmarnock player did really well to fend off the challenge of Cammy Kerr and his cross was met six yards out with a diving header from DOW. 1-0

The next good chance fell to Paul Paton after Thomas on the left fed Kevin Nisbet who in turn laid the ball off for the skipper to try a good powerful effort from 25 yards out that just cleared the bar.

There was no reason to worry however since five minutes from the break NISBET dispossessed young Cameron just inside the Dundee half, raced away and having cut inside from the left, smashed the ball into the far side of the net from the edge of the box. 2-0

The first half was to end having seen just one corner apiece and just three shots at goal, all from the Fifers. Despite have more of the possession Dundee had nothing to show for it.

Half time: Dunfermline 2 Dundee 0

The visitors made one change for the second half, Danny Johnston replacing Lyall Cameron but it was Dunfermline who were to test Dundee from the restart. Keeper Jack Hamilton had to punch away Dow’s 47th minute corner, then Nisbet hit the left upright from a Thomas free kick and next a Nisbet shot was deflected behind for a corner on the left.

When Nisbet could not get a shot away Paton tried a shot that was blocked on the edge of the Dundee box. Nothing was going their way so it was no surprise when Dundee introduced newly signed Oliver Crankshaw in place of Paul McGowan after just nine minutes of the second half.

On the hour Declan McDaid tried to force his way through the centre of the Pars defence but only managed to send the ball well wide. A Thomas corner on the right was defended and to halt the counterattack Gill had to come well out of his goal to clear the threat.

Sub Danny Johnson sent a shot over Gill’s bar before Ethan Ross came on for Gabby McGill and there was another excellent chance created by Nisbet who delivered an inviting ball into the six yard box that Comrie just failed to connect with. Two Dunfermline corners followed but Dundee defended them.

The match had really stirred though. The home fans were on song and there were near things for Dow and then Turner.

Crankshaw forced a 73rd minute corner off Turner but that changed nothing. The sub looked dangerous with two more runs. The first he crossed but too strongly for McDaid to control, the second went for a corner on the right and this time Callachan’s attempt was blocked.

From inside his own half Dow sprinted away with ball and when he laid the ball off across the Dundee box it looked like Nisbet had to score another but the shot was blocked and the ‘Dee survived. Next minute Johnson had an equally good chance but drove his shot wide right.

After that the Fifers saw the game out and could have been more comfortable had they converted an 89th minute chance. Thomas made the break down the left and teed up Nisbet but his shot was blocked and sub Joe Thomson drove the follow up wide right.

DUNFERMLINE: Cammy Gill: Aaron Comrie, Lee Ashcroft, Danny Devine, Euan Murray: Ryan Dow (Joe Thomson 88), Paul Paton (c), Kyle Turner, Dom Thomas: Gabby McGill (Ethan Ross 77), Kevin Nisbet.
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis McCann, Josh Edwards, Stuart Morrison, Matthew Todd, Ryan Scully (GK)
SCORERS: Dow (28), Nisbet (40)
YELLOW CARD: McGill (38), Paton (53)

DUNDEE: Jack Hamilton: Cammy Kerr, Jordan McGhee, Josh Meekings (c), Jordan Marshall: Ross Callachan, Lyall Cameron (Danny Johnson HT), Paul McGowan (Oliver Crankshaw 54), Declan McDaid: Graham Dorrans, Kane Hemmings.
SUBS NOT USED: Shaun Byrne, Jordan Forster, Finlay Robertson, Luke Strachan, Calum Ferie (GK).
YELLOW CARD: Callachan (47), Crankshaw (84)

REFEREE: David Munro
WEATHER: Cloudy 7C
ATTENDANCE 3722

NEXT MATCH: Ladbrokes Championship: (away) v Queen of the South, Saturday 1st February 2020, kick off 3.00pm at Palmerston Park

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Preview Dundee

Friday, 24th Jan 2020

Ladbrokes Championship (home) Friday 24th January 2020, kick off 7.05pm at East End Park.

Dunfermline welcome Dundee back to East End Park on Friday night. The Pars are desperate to put an end to their five match losing run and despite that they are still in fifth place. Dundee sit just above them four points better off in fourth so the Fifers are in much more need of the points if they do not want to become further detached from the play off positions.

Pars v Dundee: The Full League Record
  P W D L F A
At East End Park 55 26 13 16 96 75
At Dens Park 55 12 16 26 67 112
TOTALS 110 38 29 43 163 187

Milestones Dundee (Home)

Last League Victory | 11/09/10 | 3-1 | First Division
Last League Defeat | 08/11/09 | 0-1 | First Division
Best League Victory | 19/03/88 | 6-1 | Prem League
Worst League Defeat | 27/10/45 | 0-6 | Div B*
*Pre league reconstruction

Prior to the opening league match of this season the teams had not met on league business since March 2011 with their last two matches against each other were in the League Cup. In August 2015 the Pars won 3-1 at East End Park and in July 2018 the Fifers won 1-0 at Dens Park. The Friday night match in August was a thrilling affair with the Pars going two up before losing two penalties that led to just one point instead of three.

Last time at East End Park
Dunfermline 2 Dundee 2
Ladbrokes Championship, 2nd August 2019


After suffering relegation from the Premier League, Dundee’s first game back in the second tier was to be at East End Park. The Pars got off to a good start however scoring in just 13 minutes.

A poor back pass by Cammy Kerr allowed Kevin Nisbet to dispossess Jordan Forster on the left touchline and he laced the ball in for the in running Ryan DOW to find the visitors’ net. 1-0.

Keeper Jack Hamilton clutched a Nisbet cross but critically missed the next one on 35 minutes. Dow received the pass from Aaron Comrie and then provided the cross from the right and the ball travelled all the way across the face of goal to NISBET who headed home. 2-0

Dunfermline were coasting towards a two goal half time lead when Dundee were awarded a really soft penalty. A Kerr cross from the right travelled across the box and when the ball broke off Dow, referee Greg Aitken pointed to the spot. Danny JOHNSTON stepped up and converted the 45th minute penalty kick in the bottom left corner. 2-1

Dundee manager James McPake made two changes prior to the second half kicking off, Josh Meekings and Andy Nelson went off to be replaced by Josh Todd and Declan McDaid. The visitors looked more dangerous after that but it was to be a controversial penalty that spoiled the Fifers’ night.

Johnston burst into the Pars box between Comrie and Ashcroft and went down eight yards out despite Ashcroft winning the ball. Referee Aitken was not to be moved. JOHNSTON stood over the ball while things calmed down and then sunk the 75th minute penalty to Scully’s right. 2-2

DUNFERMLINE: Ryan Scully: Aaron Comrie, Euan Murray, Lee Ashcroft, Lewis Martin: Paul Paton (c), Ryan Dow, Tom Beadling, Josh Coley (Matthew Todd 60): Kevin Nisbet, Lewis McCann (Josh Edwards 69).
SUBS NOT USED: Andy Ryan, Tom Lang, Stuart Morrison, Paul Allan, Cammy Gill (GK)
SCORERS: Dow (13), Nisbet (35)
YELLOW CARD: Beadling (25), Coley (52), Ashcroft (57)

DUNDEE: Jack Hamilton: Cammy Kerr, Jordan Forster, Josh Meekings (Declan McDaid HT), Jordan McGhee, Shaun Byrne, Paul McGowan, Finlay Robertson, Jordan Marshall, Andrew Nelson (Josh Todd HT), Danny Johnson.
SUBS NOT USED: Josh Mulligan, Callum Moore, Lyall Cameron, Michael Cunningham, Calum Ferie (GK).

Out the last twelve matches between the teams, Dunfermline have won four but and are undefeated in the last eight meetings. Dundee have won three with five including the most recent one in August at East End Park drawn.

Last Twelve Matches v Dundee
Date. | H/A | F-A | Scorers
14/12/19 | A | 3-4 | [0-1] Devine, [1-1] Dow, [1-2] Hemmings, [1-3] McGowan, [1-4] Johnson, [2-4] Nisbet, [3-4] Martin
02/08/19 | H | 2-2 | [1-0] Dow, [2-0] Nisbet, [2-1] Johnson (pen.), [2 -2] Johnson (pen).
22/07/18 | A | 1-0 | [1-0] J Longridge
25/08/15 | H | 3-1 | [1-0] El Bakhtaoui, [1-1] Hemmings, [2-1] Cardle, [3-1] El Bakhtaoui
22/03/11 | A | 1-1 | [1-0] Burke, [1-1] Hyde
15/01/11 | H | 0-0
23/10/10 | A | 2-2 | [1-0] Gibson (pen), [2-0] Gibson (pen), [2-1] Griffiths, [2-2] Higgins
11/09/10 | H | 3-1 | [1-0] Gibson (pen.), [2-0] Bell, [2-1] Harkins, [3-1] Clarke
30/03/10 | H | 2-1 | [1-0] Gibson, [2-0] Bell, [2-1] Harkins
17/01/10 | A | 2-3 | [0-1] Griffiths, [1-1] Graham, [1-2] McMenamin, [2-2] Kirk, [2-3] Griffiths
31/10/09 | H | 1-1 | [0-1] Harkins, [1-1] Bayne
12/09/09 | A | 0-1 | [0-1] Harkins (pen.)

Form Last Six Matches

Dunfermline have won only one of their last six matches. They have lost only two of their last eight home games but that was the two most recent. Having won three matches in the space of a week they then faced Dundee who inflicted the first of five successive defeats.

Dundee have won two of their last six matches and lost the three prior to that. They have only taken three away points from Ayr, Alloa and Partick.

DUNFERMLINE
Morton (A) L 2-3
Ayr United (H) L 0-1
Alloa Athletic (H) L 1-3
Inverness Caley Thistle (A) L 0-2
Dundee (A) L 3-4
Morton (H) W 3-1

DUNDEE
Motherwell (H) L 0-3
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) L 0-2
Dundee United (A) D 1-1
Partick Thistle (A) W 1-0
Dunfermline (H) W 4-3
Arbroath (A) D 1-1

Current League Stats

DUNFERMLINE
League Position: 5th
League Points: 25
Goal Difference: +1
League Record: P21 W7 D4 L9 GF31 GA30
Last Six League Match Form: WLLLLL

DUNDEE
League Position: 4th
League Points: 29
Goal Difference: -2
League Record: P20 W8 D5 L7 GF26 GA28
Last Six League Match Form: LDWWDL

Teams Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Morton):
Ryan Scully: Aaron Comrie, Lee Ashcroft, Danny Devine, Lewis Martin: Ryan Dow, Paul Paton (c) (Tom Beadling 78), Euan Murray (Kyle Turner 72), Dom Thomas: Gabby McGill (Ethan Ross 62), Kevin Nisbet.
SUBS NOT USED: Joe Thomson, Lewis McCann, Josh Edwards, Cammy Gill (GK)

DUNDEE (v Motherwell): Jack Hamilton: Cammy Kerr, Jordan McGhee, Josh Meekings, Jordan Marshall: Jamie Ness (Ross Callachan 46), Shaun Byrne (Danny Johnson 66), Paul McGowan (Lyall Cameron 76), Declan McDaid: Graham Dorrans, Kane Hemmings
SUBS NOT USED: Jordan Forster, Finlay Robertson, Luke Strachan, Calum Ferie (GK).

Other Championship Fixtures (Saturday)

Arbroath v Partick Thistle
Ayr United v Inverness Caley Thistle
Dundee United v Morton
Queen of the South v Alloa Athletic



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