Dismal game that will not live long in the memory
With Kallum Higginbotham and Declan McManus serving 1 game suspensions, their places were taken by Fraser Aird and Andy Ryan. The rest of the starting 11 was as per Saturday's game at Queen's Park. With only 17 players available, the subs bench was not full but did see the return of Michael Paton to the matchday squad.
MINUTES THAT MATTERED:
10' Nicky Clark's free kick is palmed away by Morton keeper Derek Gaston
21' GOAL! Andy Ryan reacts instinctively when a Fraser Aird cross hits a Morton defender and falls to the Pars striker, who shoots first time and gives Dunfermline the lead
34' Gary Oliver equalises for Morton after slackness in the Pars defence
40' Callum Morris loses concentration and possession causing Sean Murdoch to leave his goal and foul Morton's Andy Murdoch, avoiding a certain goal
41' From the free kick for the above foul, Gary Harkins' shot hits the Pars defensive wall and reaches Oliver who scores from an offside position, with the goal not given
69' Dunfermline are awarded a free kick outside the penalty box for a Morton handball. Some Pars players protest to referee Finnie that the handball had been inside the box
81' Morton sub Robert Thomson's close range header is saved by Sean Murdoch
87' Pars sub Michael Paton hits a his 20 yard shot just wide of the post
Too many passes straight to a Morton player, high balls played to 5'9'' strikers, lack of communication in defence and attack - some of the main issues that arose from this evening's dire game at East End Park. On a positive note, Andy Ryan showed how instinctive he can be when given a chance, while Fraser Aird did reasonably well in right midfield, in the absence of the suspended Kallum Higginbotham. The 2 "replacements" were among the better Pars performers, while Jason Talbot was my man of the match for another good, solid game, driving forward when possible and trying to inspire the team. Nicky Clark played well alongside Ryan and the pair should be given another chance together at the weekend against Dumbarton.
Less positive was captain Callum Morris, who - just as in the previous meeting with Morton this season - let his concentration wander in areas that could have, and should have, resulted in Morton goals. Meanwhile, centre midfield was once again devoid of meaningful creativity. Big Nat and Dean Shiels spent another game doing everything but score or create a pass that led to a goal - both players have yet to either score or have a goal assist all season.
Joe Cardle was hugely frustrating. Possibly over-compensating for the absence of Higginbotham, Joe was all around the pitch and rarely made himself available on the left wing. When he did get the ball, he often lost it, and although there is no doubting his enthusiasm, this game was reminiscent of his manic substitute appearances from last season, when he tried to do too much in an effort to impress.
A disappointing game of football and from a Dunfermline standpoint, not one that suggested the team are capable of a serious promotion push - it's now 1 win from the past 6 League games.
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