Pars win away for the first time since late September
An unchanged starting eleven with both Jean Yves M’Voto and Lee Robinson keeping their places. Callum Morris returned to the bench following his suspension, and Craig Burt (our 4th choice goalie) replaced Cammy Gill as substitute goalie.
MINUTES THAT MATTERED:
4’ Joe Cardle has a fine effort saved by Sons’ keeper Scott Gallagher
24’ GOAL! Joe Cardle receives a Dean Shiels pass, cuts in from the left and fires a curling effort into the top corner. 1-0 Pars
40’ Dumbarton’s Wilson sends a header just wide of the post
66’ Wedderburn sends a pass over to Cardle on the wing, who then sends in a dangerous low cross but Shiels’ effort is deflected wide
78’ Nicky Clark and Declan McManus are replaced by Andy Ryan and Callum Smith
82’ Pars break quickly from a clearance with Andy Ryan unlucky to see his eventual shot hit the post and go wide
Different writer this week due to work commitments from the regular report writer, so you’re stuck with the usual ‘social media guy’ of Pars Review. Enjoy!
On a cold, baltic day at the YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium, Dunfermline fought hard whilst making it very difficult for ourselves in the second half. The first half was where any real action happened, and the only real moment of note came when a great pass from Dean Shiels found Joe Cardle, who cut in from the left and curled a brilliant shot into the top corner to open the scoring. In terms of goals, that would be that. The freezing temperatures and a decent atmosphere in the away end were perhaps the only memorable things to take away from this one. Although, a hard fought away win in a season where our away form has been our downfall (12 points from a possible 30), could be an important step in this latest turnaround. The same team that defeated Falkirk began this game, and it proved to be the right decision. M’Voto (keeping his place in the team, despite Callum Morris being free from suspension) and Robinson (starting regardless due to Sean Murdoch’s injury) both having steady games, M’Voto especially. The performances of ‘Big Jock’ (as he is now known by fans) has given Johnston a real headache, but the manager rightfully kept Jock in the team. This proved to be a good decision, despite the discussion online whether to start him for the second game running. He won every header, cleared the ball when necessary and played it safe back to the goalie when he knew his limitations wouldn’t benefit trying to be elaborate with the ball. All in all, a dogged performance from the Pars. A thing that was praised on this site numerous times in this latest run of form (v Dundee United and St Mirren more notably), but this time we come away with 3 points and now 3 wins on the spin. We now move onto next week against what should be a trickier opponent in Dundee United, however, with their 6-1(!) loss away to Falkirk today, we should have absolutely no fear going into that one.
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