Scottish Championship
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Dunfermline 2-0 Arbroath: Nisbet brace gives hosts victory

A brace from striker Kevin Nisbet earned Dunfermline a hard-fought win against a stuffy Arbroath side to move to sixth in the Scottish Championship.

Nisbet, last season's top scorer in League One, smashed in Andy Ryan's cross just before the hour at East End Park, then tapped home to secure the points 12 minutes from the end.

Stevie Crawford's side have now lost just once in their last six matches.

But despite defeat, Arbroath remain one point above their opponents in fifth.

Arbroath manager Dick Campbell: "I thought Dunfermline were probably as nervous a team as we've played this year. I just thought we were that poor, I thought we left the overalls in the hoose.

"I'll take the blame for the performance and the team selection but I'll not get it wrong this week, I can assure you. We didn't do enough to get something from the game."

Line-ups

Dunfermline

  • 1Scully
  • 2Comrie
  • 6AshcroftBooked at 22mins
  • 4Martin
  • 24Edwards
  • 11DowSubstituted forCochraneat 87'minutes
  • 21Paton
  • 12Turner
  • 38Kiltie
  • 10RyanSubstituted forBeadlingat 75'minutes
  • 15NisbetSubstituted forMcGillat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Beadling
  • 9McGill
  • 14Devine
  • 20Gill
  • 22Coley
  • 23Cochrane
  • 39Fenton

Arbroath

  • 21Gaston
  • 2ThomsonBooked at 74minsSubstituted forStirlingat 77'minutes
  • 4Little
  • 5O'BrienBooked at 22mins
  • 3Hamilton
  • 8McKennaBooked at 84mins
  • 20Campbell
  • 22VirtanenBooked at 33minsSubstituted forDorisat 66'minutes
  • 11Linn
  • 18Murphy
  • 15DonnellySubstituted forSpenceat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Jamieson
  • 6Whatley
  • 7Gold
  • 9Doris
  • 12Kader
  • 14Spence
  • 19Stirling
Referee:
John McKendrick
Attendance:
3,488

Match Stats

Home TeamDunfermlineAway TeamArbroath
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away2
Shots on Target
Home7
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home4
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 2, Arbroath 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 2, Arbroath 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Gabriel McGill replaces Kevin Nisbet.

Attempt saved. Kyle Turner (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Kyle Turner (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Kevin Nisbet (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Harry Cochrane replaces Ryan Dow.

Kyle Turner (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Murphy (Arbroath).

Booking

Michael McKenna (Arbroath) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Michael McKenna (Arbroath).

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by James Murphy.

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Aaron Comrie.

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Ryan Scully.

Foul by Lee Ashcroft (Dunfermline Athletic).

Greig Spence (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Kevin Nisbet (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 2, Arbroath 0. Kevin Nisbet (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paul Paton.

Substitution

Substitution, Arbroath. Ben Stirling replaces Jason Thomson because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Tom Beadling replaces Andy Ryan.

Booking

Jason Thomson (Arbroath) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Greg Kiltie (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jason Thomson (Arbroath).

Attempt saved. Andy Ryan (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Paul Paton (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by James Murphy.

Kyle Turner (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Murphy (Arbroath).

Substitution

Substitution, Arbroath. Steven Doris replaces Miko Virtanen.

Substitution

Substitution, Arbroath. Greig Spence replaces Luke Donnelly.

Andy Ryan (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Michael McKenna (Arbroath).

Goal!

Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 1, Arbroath 0. Kevin Nisbet (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Andy Ryan.

Greg Kiltie (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jason Thomson (Arbroath).

Attempt missed. Paul Paton (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Jason Thomson.

Greg Kiltie (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Murphy (Arbroath).

goal