Changed man Nisbet piles on the misery for former club
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