Dunfermline Press

‘I need to bide my time’: Super sub Craig hopes for Pars starts


CRAIG WIGHTON said he was frustrated not to bag more than two goals on Tuesday night but hopes his double salvo can earn a return to the Pars starting line-up.

His brace, after Josh Edwards’ opener took his tally for the season so far to five.

Wighton has had to make do with substitute appearance­s in each of Athletic’s last three games, bit said post-match: “Obviously it’s been a bit frustratin­g the last few weeks - I’ve not played as much I want to but there’s other boys that are in the same position.

“Everyone wants to be playing, so I just need to bide my time. I just need to keep working hard in training, and hopefully get myself back in.

“I could’ve had a few more goals, so I’m frustrated with that, but it’s good to get a couple of goals. I thought other boys who came on did really well too.

Wighton and believes the win on Tuesday means the Pars will go into this Saturday’s clash against Queen’s Park “with a bit more confidence”.

The Spiders, beaten by the Pars at Hampden in September, head to East End Park without a win in their previous 10 Championsh­ip games.

Wighton said: “We’re delighted to be back up to fourth, but we want to keep kicking on and looking up the way. It’s a big game.

“They’re a good side. They play some good stuff, so it’ll be tough, and when the league’s that tight. We know it’ll be tough and we need to be ready for that.”

Meanwhile, Josh Edwards, who opened the scoring on Tuesday night, is aiming to “chase the teams above us down” by building on the win over Arbroath and producing a repeat performanc­e against Queen’s Park this weekend.

The full back also noted the Spiders were the last team the Pars recorded a clean sheet against until Tuesday’s match.

“We prided ourselves on that last season, so it’ good to get ourselves back into that clean sheet scene,” he told Press Sport. “If we can keep a clean sheet this Saturday, that will stand us in good stead to go and win the game. Hopefully we can do that, but we know that they’re a good side, with good attacking players, so we’ll need to be switched on to that.

“We played well the last time we played them through at Hampden. We neutralise­d them, so hopefully we can implement the game plan and do something similar to them.

“It’s crucial to string a couple of wins together in this league. If you do that, you’re going to be flying up the table. If we can get a couple of wins under our belt, hopefully we can chase the teams above us down and see where it takes us.”

 ?? Image: Craig Brown. ?? The Pars celebrate Wighton’s first of the night, and their second of the game.
Image: Craig Brown. The Pars celebrate Wighton’s first of the night, and their second of the game.

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