Dunfermline Athletic

Free kick decision leaves Dom doubting Thomas

Wednesday, 26th Feb 2020

Dom Thomas opens his Dunfermline goal account but is bitterly disappointed not to take points

Since arriving on loan from Kilmarnock Dom Thomas has now started all four Pars games but the 2-1 reversal against Inverness Caley Thistle on Tuesday night was his first taste of defeat at home.

Like most of the Pars fans and coaching staff he was not sure if the free kick that Inverness took the lead from was warranted. He complained about referee Gavin Ross’ decision that led to Aaron Doran getting the opportunity midway through the first half:-

“I don’t know whether the ball was over the line or not but I don`t think it was a free kick to start off with.”

Most felt that the goal came against the run of play and after the Pars had scorned several good chances to go ahead. The 24 year old midfielder praised his team mates first half showing and the pressure that led up to his 70th minute equaliser:-

“The boys did well. I thought in the first half we performed fine and had a good few chances but the second we were even better. We got ourselves back into the game and at that point I thought we were the dominating team and the win was there for us.

“I thought that we looked fitter and stronger than Inverness and there was only really going to be one team going to win it. But you know in football it is not over until the final whistle. They broke up the park and got a deflected goal which is frustrating.

“Overall it is a positive night for us us, we did the right things, we played well, created chances and on another night we might have won two or three nil.”

Dom lamented that the Pars did not take all three points but in the end they picked up none. He conceded that they could only look at the things that they did well.

“I thought our shape was good, we played well and we were creating the chances. I think that is a positive as long as you are creating them and when you have players like Nizzy up front he is going to score 9 times of 10. He maybe never scored but he will be back on Saturday and I’m sure that he will be firing.

“Inverness are second in the league but we felt we were the better team. I am not sure how it has been for the rest of the season but we can only take it from this game. It is a positive for us if they are the second best team in the league that is the benchmark.”

Confident that Dunfermline can improve ‪on Tuesday night‬`s performance and take three points in upcoming games, Dom felt that Inverness were a target to pursue:-

“We know that we were the better team albeit they got all three points. We look forward to put things right now on Saturday.”

Dom’s record of ten goals in 14 games when on loan at Dumbarton last season made him a hero at the C&G Systems Stadium and his spectacular strike against Inverness Caley Thistle was his first goal for Dunfermline. Modesty appeared to stop him comparing it with others when asked if he had ever scored a better.

“I cannot really remember, once the game is over I focus on the next game. It was a good strike but frustrating in that it didn`t get us a point or the three points. I am happy to score, it is not a good way to get beat but I thought there were a lot of positives to take from the game.

“On Saturday we are playing Dundee United who are flying at the top of the league but we fancy facing anybody especially at home. We work really hard on the training ground and that must be showing on the pitch to the fans.

“I know from within that the boys feel more confident and comfortable on the pitch. We look forward to Saturday, we will go with a game plan again, hopefully we can carry it out and take the three points.”

Dom watched the televised match between Dundee United and Inverness and although Tuesday night’s conquerors lost, he recognised it was a tight game and claimed his team fancy their chances playing anybody:-

“The boys are feeling confident albeit it was a bad result ‪on Tuesday night‬. The past few performances since I have been here have been promising we just need to build on that and add the three points.”

The three week break from matches did not seem to affect the team too much since they started really well.

“The break is is not ideal, you want to be playing as much as possible but we cannot complain now we have six games ‪in three weeks‬. The boys have just got to focus on those games, prepare right and make sure that they are are ready to take them on.”

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