Poor Stuff at Dunfermline

Last updated : 24 January 2004 By Firparkcorner

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What drama there was started before kick off - Gordon Marshall started his warm up as usual but at ten to three Terry had a word with the referee and young Corr was handed his first competitive start. Gordon had been suffering from a back problem during the week.

There was no doubt that Terry would have been the happier manager at half time. Apart from a few flourishes from Burns we rarely appeared in the Pars' penalty area. Toastie's best chance came inside the first five minutes when slack defending gave him the chance to slip the ball past the keeper but Stillie got a touch and the chance was gone.

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The game was short on decent passing football though what little there was came from the home team. Most of their chances fell to Brewster but his wild shooting gave us relief. He grazed the bar with an early blast but Corr had little to do.

In the second half it seemed that we had taken the sting from their attack and it looked that we might have escaped with a point. O'Donnell had an early chance and Clarkson tried a chip which went wide. There was little else from the 'Well attack.

Adams cleared a Wilson header from the line and the hope of a point persisted. But with twenty minutes to go a lack of concentration from Quinn resulted in corner. A pair of overhead kicks from Crawford and Young saw the ball in the net and the game was over.

We stepped up the tempo, replaced Lasley with McDonald and tried to find the equaliser. Corr was never asked to make a save of any substance in the match and the referee brought matters to an end after three added minutes.

Was the plastic pitch significant? It did seem that our defenders were a little bit hesitant early on but they seemed to adjust as the game progressed. Burns caught his studs just before half time and the resultant stretch caused him to leave the park for treatment. That apart we can have little cause for complaint.

We now have a glut of home games in both league and cup. Maybe some inspiration from the Fir Park faithful will encourage the team to deliver a more threatening performance.