Another loss; no attempts on target, 450 minutes since the last Pars' League goal and now more than 6 months since the last win in the Championship: Dunfermline slipped to bottom of the division after this latest defeat in what was a desperately poor game. Inverness came into the game having scored 8 times (all against Morton) in 2 League and Cup matches prior to their visit to Fife. There was no such threat from the Highlanders yesterday and they were marginally the worst of two awful teams.
The Pars lined up with 3 changes to the side that lost to Alloa in the Challenge Cup last week. Josh Edwards, Lewis McCann and Kevin Nisbet came in for Tom Lang (injured), Matty Todd and Gabby McGill. Lewis Martin moved to centre half from fullback. The 4-4-2 formation saw Tom Beadling play the whole game on the right wing, an experiment that will surely not be repeated. Kyle Turner was in centre midfield with Paul Paton, but often playing behind Paton, another puzzling tactic. Lewis McCann was on the left, which clearly the manager believes to be his best position.
There is very little in way of incidents to describe. It was simply a terrible game of football. Crawford claimed post-match that because his side put more crosses into the box, they possibly deserved more than a point. Inverness boss John Robertson was, as always, accurate and honest in his summing up, saying ''from 20 minutes in you could have put your money on a 0-0 draw''.
The game's only goal involved Pars sub Danny Devine, who was judged to have handled the ball in the penalty box with 3 minutes remaining. Inverness sub Sean Welsh shot straight down the middle of Cammy Gill's goal with the keeper diving to Welsh's left.
One point or none, the loss of a point should not be the main focus. The poor quality of play, the lack of a high press that characterised the League Cup group games, the absence of any cohesion in the team's passing: these are all factors that have to be addressed.
Dunfermline as a team, and the club legend, nice guy manager appear to have totally lost their way. It is sad to see such a decline in what appeared to be an exciting new team. Where is the team that played Dundee off the park in the opening League game? Why has the form of certain players nose-dived? Is is lack of confidence? Is it the result of flooding the squad with players in, mainly, an 18-22 age group, who now lack leadership? Is it helped by continually playing the squad's only veteran almost because he is the squad's only veteran, when his hips appear to have seized up?
We want this new approach to succeed, for the good of the club and its future. It is still ''only'' five games into the League campaign. There is ample time to turn this around, starting next week at Firhill. A big result is needed to install belief into the squad. It starts from the dugout.
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