Scottish Championship
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Dunfermline Athletic 1-0 Queen of the South: Pars go fourth

Ryan Blair scores
Ryan Blair's first goal of the season gave Dunfermline all three points

Ryan Blair's first Dunfermline Athletic goal secured the Pars' fourth win on the bounce and moved them up to fourth in the Scottish Championship.

Swansea City loanee Blair's 20-yard shot whistled past Queen of the South goalkeeper Alan Martin on 74 minutes.

Blair had earlier come close to an opener when his free-kick was tipped over by Martin.

Queens almost levelled late on, Barry Maguire's header brilliantly held on the ground by keeper Ryan Scully.

That confirmed a sixth defeat in a row in all competitions for the Dumfries side, while the Pars go one point above Inverness Caledonian Thistle and into the play-off places, albeit with Inverness having a game in hand.

'We can't get comfortable' - reaction

Dunfermline Athletic manager Stevie Crawford: "The pleasing thing for us is getting a clean sheet and three points. It's pleasing to get four wins in a row.

"A couple of weeks ago we looked at Morton and decided they were the benchmark - we just wanted to be above them - we need now to be wary of others around us trying to do the same thing, and make sure we don't get comfortable and keep working hard."

Queen of the South manager Gary Naysmith: "I'm frustrated we didn't get anything out of the game - we had more than enough chances to get a point, if not three. We had three clear cut chances - you've got to score them, we can't make excuses there, that Maguire header has to go in.

"I try and be positive - we're playing well. If we were getting beaten and not playing well, I'd be getting worried. The last five minutes of the last three games could've changed where we are in the league, but if you feel sorry for yourself you won't turn it around."

Line-ups

Dunfermline

  • 40Scully
  • 2Williamson
  • 14Devine
  • 6Ashcroft
  • 28Craigen
  • 8Beadling
  • 7HigginbothamSubstituted forLongridgeat 68'minutes
  • 35BlairBooked at 38minsSubstituted forDurnanat 89'minutes
  • 17Thomson
  • 11ConnollySubstituted forLongridgeat 59'minutes
  • 12Anderson

Substitutes

  • 3Longridge
  • 5Durnan
  • 10Longridge
  • 20Gill
  • 23Smith
  • 26Todd
  • 36Muirhead

Queen of Sth

  • 1Martin
  • 5BrownlieBooked at 80minsSubstituted forMaguireat 85'minutes
  • 4Fordyce
  • 3Marshall
  • 2Mercer
  • 6Doyle
  • 21WilsonSubstituted forStirlingat 85'minutes
  • 8Jacobs
  • 9AirdSubstituted forMcGrathat 77'minutes
  • 25Dykes
  • 11Dobbie

Substitutes

  • 7Stirling
  • 12McGrath
  • 17Murray
  • 20Leighfield
  • 30Maguire
Referee:
Gavin Duncan
Attendance:
4,708

Match Stats

Home TeamDunfermlineAway TeamQueen of Sth
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 1, Queen of the South 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 1, Queen of the South 0.

Ryan Scully (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lyndon Dykes (Queen of the South).

Attempt saved. Kyle Jacobs (Queen of the South) header from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Danny Devine.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by James Craigen.

Attempt blocked. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Louis Longridge (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Mark Durnan replaces Ryan Blair.

Attempt missed. Andy Stirling (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Lyndon Dykes (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Lyndon Dykes (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Andy Stirling replaces Iain Wilson.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Barry Maguire replaces Darren Brownlie.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

Attempt saved. Bruce Anderson (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Joseph Thomson (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Blair (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Bruce Anderson (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Darren Brownlie (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Darren Brownlie (Queen of the South).

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Ian McGrath replaces Fraser Aird.

Foul by Ryan Blair (Dunfermline Athletic).

Scott Mercer (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 1, Queen of the South 0. Ryan Blair (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jackson Longridge.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Iain Wilson.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Stephen Dobbie.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Kyle Jacobs.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Jackson Longridge replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

Attempt missed. Bruce Anderson (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Stephen Dobbie.

Tom Beadling (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South).

Attempt missed. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Louis Longridge replaces Aidan Connolly.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Fraser Aird.

Foul by Aidan Connolly (Dunfermline Athletic).

Michael Doyle (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ross County25156446252151
2Dundee Utd2613763632446
3Ayr26127742261643
4Dunfermline27107102930-137
5Inverness CT2681263430436
6Morton2781092734-734
7Queen of Sth2779113533230
8Falkirk2668122737-1026
9Alloa2668122740-1326
10Partick Thistle2674152743-1625
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