Changed man Nis­bet piles on the mis­ery for for­mer club

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WHILE some play­ers opt not to cel­e­brate if they find the back of the net against their for­mer club, Dun­fermline’s Kevin Nis­bet does not fall into that cat­e­gory.

Nis­bet scored four goals against the team where he started his ca­reer, pro­gress­ing through Partick This­tle’s acad­emy to their first team, as Dun­fermline recorded a re­sound­ing 5-1 win over the side prop­ping up the Championsh­ip.

And the 22-year-old re­vealed he rel­ished putting the club he was re­leased from in 2018 to the sword as he proved to those that may have doubted him he has ma­tured into a gen­uine goal-get­ter.

Nis­bet ad­mits he has no-one else to blame but him­self for not cut­ting it at Firhill as he had a poor at­ti­tude on the off the field. How­ever, a year with Raith Rovers got his ca­reer back on track as he scored an im­pres­sive 34 goals and he has con­tin­ued that form at Dun­fermline, as his four goals took his tally for the sea­son to 15.

Partick could cer­tainly do with some­one pro­vid­ing such a pro­lific goal re­turn as they toil at the foot of the sec­ond tier and Nis­bet cer­tainly en­joyed get­ting one over his old club.

Nis­bet said: “It feels good! I scored one at Firhill the last time and to score four this time is great.

“Ob­vi­ously, it’s one for the doubters. You could say that [he didn’t get fair crack at Partick] but that was down to me as well. My at­ti­tude wasn’t great when I was there. I think I’ve changed now, I’ve ma­tured, and it’s good to score four against my old club.

“I didn’t work hard enough, on and off the field. My life off the field wasn’t great.

“But I’ve changed that now, I’ve ma­tured, and I think I’ve be­come a bet­ter player.

“Back then, I was on a two-year deal, I had just signed an ex­ten­sion, and I just let it pass me by.

“But Raith last sea­son was the last-chance sa­loon and I’ve kicked on from there.

“I just want to score as many as I can and help the team.

“We’re on a de­cent run – apart from last week. That’s four home wins on the bounce. That’s great for us and now we got to Ayr with a chance to go into the top four.”

Partick This­tle were up against it within four min­utes when cap­tain Tam O’Ware was sent pack­ing for push­ing Greg Kiltie to the deck as he bore down on the goal and Nis­bet con­verted the penalty.

Lewis Martin added a sec­ond for Dun­fermline be­fore Nis­bet scored an­other penalty af­ter he had been tripped by Reece Cole and the striker com­pleted his hat-trick af­ter 30 min­utes as he caught a halfvol­ley sweetly and it ar­rowed past Jamie Sned­don.

Dun­fermline’s fifth and Nis­bet’s fourth ar­rived four min­utes af­ter the in­ter­val and with 20 min­utes re­main­ing, Cole grabbed a con­so­la­tion for Partick as he scored a won­der­ful 30-yard free-kick.

Rangers have been linked with Nis­bet but he in­sists he blocks out any trans­fer spec­u­la­tion.

“I don’t take any no­tice of that,” he said. “For me, it’s just about what I do here.

“It’s purely about Dun­fermline. Ev­ery­thing else just gets put to one side, it’s full fo­cus on Dun­fermline.”

Cole’s long-range free-kick was the pick of the bunch but he ad­mits it counted for noth­ing as they were on the re­ceiv­ing end of a trounc­ing.

Cole said: “It doesn’t mean any­thing when you are 5-0 down.

“Ob­vi­ously it’s nice to score a goal, it’s an­other ca­reer goal for me but when you’re five down it’s not even a con­so­la­tion.

“Ev­ery­one is re­ally dis­ap­pointed and down in the dress­ing room.

“We let the fans down who trav­elled in their num­bers, we apol­o­gise to them.”

Kevin Nis­bet scored four goals as Dun­fermline put his old side Partick This­tle to the sword

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