Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Morton

Saturday, 28th Mar 2015

With six league games remaining Dunfermline find themselves four points off the play off places and next up is the team that has won the most matches in League One

It's another must win game this Saturday when Dunfermline take on Jim Duffy's Morton. The only other full time team in the league, Morton have already defeated the Pars at Cappielow twice and at East End Park once so hopefully it will be revenge this time. 

Pars v Morton: The Full League Record

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

At East End

44

24

9

11

86

50

At Cappielow

44

17

12

15

55

52

TOTALS

88

41

21

26

141

102


Morton have won just eleven times in 44 visits to East End Park and the Pars hold the upper hand with 41 wins in the 88 league meetings. In September Declan McManus' 29th minute opener was cancelled by a Ross Millen penalty in 72 minutes but within another four Connor Pepper restored the lead.  

Milestones v Morton (Home)

Last League Victory

14/08/10

2-0

SFL

Last League Defeat

25/10/14

1-2

League One

Best League Victory

29/01/66

6-0

Div 1*

Worst League Defeat

1953/54
05/03/11

1-3
1-3

Div 2*
SFL

*Pre league reconstruction


Five weeks later Faissal El Bakhtaoui put the Pars ahead in 52 minutes but lost to goals from Tom O'Ware (79) and Declan McManus in the third minute of added time. In January when the teams last met Ross Caldwell (67) and then Peter MacDonald (81) scored the goals in a 2-0 win.

Last Twelve Matches v Morton
24-01-15 A L 0-2 League One
25-10-14 H L 1-2 League One
20-09-14 A L 1-2 League One
13-04-13 A W 1-0 Scottish Division One
23-02-13 H L 1-4 Scottish Division One
29-12-12 A L 2-4 Scottish Division One
22-10-12 H D 2-2 Scottish Division One
30-04-11 A W 2-0 Scottish Division One
05-03-11 H L 1-3 Scottish Division One
06-11-10 A L 1-2 Scottish Division One
14-08-10 H W 2-0 Scottish Division One
14-04-10 H W 4-1 Scottish Division One

Morton were the first team to defeat Dunfermline at home this league season. Prior to their visit on 25th October Dunfermline, in the five league matches played at East End Park, had recorded five shut outs.

Dunfermline  Morton
Current League Position
5 2
League Points
44 54
Goal Difference
+7 +16
Last 6-Match League Form
LLDWDW WWWLLW
Home / Away League Record
P15, W7, D5, L3 P15, W7, D2, L6

Morton hit two late goals to snatch victory from defeat last Saturday against Ayr United.  This was their first win in three games but their defeat at Airdrie is their only one of 2015.  The Pars are now unbeaten in four games.

   Form last six home / away
  Dunfermline (home)     Morton (away)
  Stirling Albion D 1-1   Airdrieonians L 1-2
  Ayr United W 2-1   Peterhead W 3-1
  Brechin City L 0-1   Brechin City D 1-1
  Stenhousemuir W 3-2   Forfar Athletic W 2-1
  Airdrieonians D 2-2     Ayr United D 1-1
  Peterhead D 1-1     Stenhousemuir W 3-2

Last Time Out


DUNFERMLINE  (v Stenhousemuir): Ryan Scully; Gregor Buchanan, Kyle McAusland, Lewis Martin; Ross Millen, Josh
Falkingham (c), Andy Geggan (Declan O'Kane 90), David Hopkirk (Lewis Allan 80), Alex Whittle; Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Lewis Spence 86), Andy Barrowman.

SUBS NOT USED: Shaun Byrne, Paul George, Michael Moffat, Ryan
Goodfellow (GK)


MORTON (v Ayr United): Derek Gaston; Lee Kilday, Tom O'Ware, Ricki Lamie, Mark Russell, Michael Miller, Ross Forbes, Jamie McCluskey (Jon Scullion 80), Declan McManus, Ross Caldwell (Stefan McCluskey 71), Peter MacDonald.

SUBS NOT USED: Sean Crighton, Aidan Ferris, Milojevic Bjekovic, Grant Adam (GK).

Declan McManus is Morton top goalscorer with 17 goals in 29 appearances this season.

Dunfermline will be missing Lewis Martin, the 18-year-old has been named in Ricky Sbragia’s pool that will travel to Austria for the UEFA European Championship elite round in a bid to seal qualification for this summer’s finals in Greece. Scotland will take on hosts Austria, Italy and Croatia from 26th-31st March which means that the centre back will miss Athletic’s League One clash at home to Morton.

Referee will be Kevin Clancy.



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