Dunfermline Athletic

Moffat double trouble for Cowden

Monday, 4th Jan 2016

"It was a wee bit disappointing not to get the hattrick but I have to be happy with two and the win as well.

Michael Moffat scored both Dunfermline's goals on Saturday, taking his total for the season to 12. Talking after the win he said:-

"It was good to get the win and when you see the results from elsewhere that puts us in a strong position for the league. It is just important to keep up the unbeaten run going."

Talking through his opener Michael described what happened and how crucial it was:-

"I saw the play opening up so I peeled off to the left and luckily enough I was able to finish it with my left foot. It was good to get ahead. We had a few more chances in that first half and I should maybe have scored with a header. They had a last ditch blocks as well but there was good defending and bad finishing. We were confident at half time that if we kept playing the way we were we would get more chances."

With Cowdenbeath equalising in 37th minute it took until the midway point in the second half for Dunfermline to restore the lead. Michael was pushed over in front of goal by Kenny Adamson to give him the opportunity for his second from the penalty spot:-

"I didn't even see him coming behind me and I am not even sure that I was going to get the ball but he definitely pulled me to ground so I was glad that the ref saw it. I knew that their keeper was carrying an injury because he couldn't kick the ball so I just planned to hit it hard into the corner and luckily he went the wrong way. It was just a relief when it went in."

Several more chances came the striker's way before the end but he was not to score a third:-

"It could have been a hattrick. The way the game was going, they were pushing for the equaliser so we knew that we would get chances on the break. It was a wee bit disappointing not to get the hattrick but I have to be happy with two and the win as well.

"There was a crowd of 5600 so it was important that the boys put on a good performance but more importantly got the result so we were happy we did that. It was a great turn out for Norrie McCathie's commemorative match and I'm sure that his family would have been there so I think they will be proud of the game."

Michael's first goal came in 18th minute of the match and the goalscorer felt that demonstrated just how important the first goal in League One.

"When teams get that against us they tend to sit in because they have something to protect. It is always important to get in front."

The victory was the first objective on Saturday but there was more to celebrate when it was discovered that Ayr United had lost for the second time in five days. The result from Stranraer was a 1-0 home win, Michael commented about the team that he left in June 2014 to come to Dunfermline:-

"We knew that it was a tough game for Ayr, they had a few boys out injured as well so we knew that if we did our job there was a good chance that we could have a decent lead."



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