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Dunfermline Athletic 1-0 Inverness CT: Pars secure first win under Stevie Crawford

Dunfermline Athletic celebrate Joe Thomson's goal
Joe Thomson (centre) scored the only goal of the game

Dunfermline Athletic secured their first home win since December, and their first under head coach Stevie Crawford, by beating Inverness CT.

Joe Thomson was the goal hero for the home side with a long-range effort two minutes after the break that bulleted past goalkeeper Mark Ridgers.

Aidan Connolly could have doubled their lead with a superb volley that ricocheted off the crossbar.

Inverness had their chances but were unable to break down the Pars' defence.

And, despite pressure in the last 15 minutes of the game, the fourth-placed side could not grab an equaliser.

The win moves Dunfermline five points clear of Alloa Athletic, who dropped to the bottom of the table after losing at home to Partick Thistle, and two shy of Greenock Morton in sixth.

Dunfermline Athletic head coach Stevie Crawford: "It's a nice feeling to get the win. Mark Ridgers will be disappointed with the goal, but I'll take it.

"At times, there wasn't a lot of football getting played, but we stood up to it.

"It's a massive lift for everyone at the club. It's a big win because you look at other results - we're now a few points below Morton and Queen of the South and the win gets us near group above us.

"It's a tight league - its our first win and we probably played better in some other games, but we have a cutting edge to us now - Bruce Anderson has come in and done well."

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Robertson: "I'm massively disappointed. It was straightforward - Dunfermline showed more hunger, energy and work-rate in first 10 minutes of each half.

"I felt they were up for the taking, but they got their goal - Ridgers should've saved it. It was mistake from him.

"Then the penny dropped and in the last 15 minutes we were camped in their half, but we had chances through Brad McKay and Shaun Rooney.

"It's a missed opportunity because, if we win, we get a wee gap and we start pushing above us.

"We're now in a hell of a scrap with Queen of the South, Morton, Partick, Falkirk. What they've done now is give me a blank sheet of paper for Tuesday night because there will be changes."

Line-ups

Dunfermline

  • 40Scully
  • 28Craigen
  • 14Devine
  • 6Ashcroft
  • 3Longridge
  • 19Vincent
  • 8Beadling
  • 35BlairSubstituted forWilliamsonat 78'minutes
  • 17Thomson
  • 11ConnollySubstituted forLongridgeat 70'minutes
  • 12AndersonSubstituted forDurnanat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Williamson
  • 5Durnan
  • 7Higginbotham
  • 10Longridge
  • 15Hippolyte
  • 20Gill
  • 26Todd

Inverness CT

  • 1Ridgers
  • 2RooneyBooked at 81mins
  • 22McKay
  • 6McCart
  • 3TremarcoSubstituted forWelshat 88'minutes
  • 24TraffordBooked at 55mins
  • 4Chalmers
  • 11Walsh
  • 10Doran CoganSubstituted forAustinat 64'minutes
  • 8McCauleyBooked at 27minsSubstituted forMcDonaldat 34'minutes
  • 19White

Substitutes

  • 5Donaldson
  • 9Austin
  • 15Welsh
  • 17McDonald
  • 21Mackay
  • 29McHattie
  • 35Macgregor
Referee:
Steven Kirkland
Attendance:
4,497

Match Stats

Home TeamDunfermlineAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 1, Inverness CT 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 1, Inverness CT 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Mark Durnan replaces Bruce Anderson.

Attempt missed. Joseph Thomson (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Bruce Anderson (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Lee Ashcroft (Dunfermline Athletic) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Sean Welsh replaces Carl Tremarco.

Attempt missed. Shaun Rooney (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Brad McKay (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Ryan Scully.

Attempt saved. Joe Chalmers (Inverness CT) left footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Louis Longridge (Dunfermline Athletic).

Brad McKay (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Louis Longridge (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Shaun Rooney (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Joseph Thomson (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Shaun Rooney (Inverness CT).

Foul by James Craigen (Dunfermline Athletic).

Nathan Austin (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Carl Tremarco.

Attempt blocked. Tom Beadling (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Ryan Williamson replaces Ryan Blair.

Attempt missed. Tom Walsh (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Louis Longridge replaces Aidan Connolly.

Attempt missed. Ryan Blair (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Aidan Connolly.

Foul by Tom Beadling (Dunfermline Athletic).

Joe Chalmers (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jordan White (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Nathan Austin replaces Aaron Doran.

Attempt missed. Ryan Blair (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Aidan Connolly (Dunfermline Athletic) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Hand ball by Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT).

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Charlie Trafford.

Foul by Tom Beadling (Dunfermline Athletic).

Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bruce Anderson (Dunfermline Athletic).

Jamie McCart (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Charlie Trafford (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ross County23136439211845
2Ayr24127540221843
3Dundee Utd2412663431342
4Inverness CT2471253329433
5Queen of Sth247983429530
6Morton247982532-730
7Dunfermline2477102430-628
8Partick Thistle2474132536-1125
9Falkirk2466122535-1024
10Alloa2558122539-1423
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