Dunfermline Athletic

Thomas has plenty in his tank for play off push

Monday, 9th Mar 2020

”We look to go to Firhill and put things right by putting three points on the board. We need those three points to get into the play off positions which is the goal for everybody.”

Dom Thomas provided a great threat on Saturday with his tricky, energy charged bursts up the right. He supplied numerous crosses and was constantly a thorn in the Queen of the South’s defence.

The challenge, however, was always going to be who was going to score the goals in Kevin Nisbet’s absence. Saturday’s goal came from the penalty spot and even that required someone to replace the Pars top goalscorer as penalty taker. Jon Afolabi performed the task with great aplomb but Dom agreed that the onus is now for the rest of the team to deliver while the 22 year old is sidelined with an ankle injury:-

“Kevin has been a massive player for us this season, you cannot account for his goals. We know that we need to go and do a job. Jon Afolabi scored another goal on Saturday so hopefully he gets a couple more on Tuesday.

“I thought young McCann was brilliant on Saturday on his job and then Matty Todd coming on. We feel that we have a good squad, we feel we can go and beat teams and get into the play offs.

“Lewis was brilliant when he came on during the week, Jon is a great player for us as well. He is strong, powerful and he links the game well. We are going to need everything right through from the goalie to the strikers. We need everything that we have got to get ourselves into these play offs.”

On Saturday the Pars players felt that they should have got the win and it was probably two points dropped. It was a good team performance again after losing an early goal. Dom continued:-

“We started slow and then we really battered them for the rest of the game. On another day we would have scored but I think the boys were a wee bit fatigued from all the games that we have had.”

Fatigue is the last thing that looked like affecting Thomas who freely admits that he likes to keep going at his defender from the first minute to the last.

“You just need to give your all when you are on the pitch. Obviously the games have been building up, we take good care of ourselves off the pitch as well so that we are ready to play these fixtures. We will be rested up and prepared for Tuesday.

“We look to go to Firhill and put things right by putting three points on the board. We need those three points to get into the play off positions which is the goal for everybody.”

The Championship matches threw up four draws on Saturday so no ground was lost as a consequence of failing to find a winner against Allan Johnston’s Doonhamers:-

“We can look at it both ways, we could have had a chance to climb up the table. A win would have taken us into the play offs given the other results. Then again, they were draws so it is not as if we have lost an advantage on any team. The goal is still there to get us as many points this season and get into the play offs.

“It could be the point that we got on Saturday that puts us into the play offs or it could be the win that we get on Tuesday night hopefully. You just don’t know in this league. We just need to fight together and there is a great togetherness in the dressing room between the staff and the players, hopefully we can get enough points to get into the play offs.”

Tuesday’s opponents are bottom of the league and some in Scottish football would say that Partick are too big a club to get relegated to League One. Dom agreed but the on loan Killie man is only interested in winning the match for Dunfermline:-

“You have seen that before in football, big teams getting relegated that didn’t think they would. They have not won again on Saturday, and that is another week that they have gone without a win.

“I’m sure that will be preying on their minds but we just need to look at our own selves, go on and put in a solid performance and if we get chances we take them. The be all and end all is that we need to win that game.”



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