Dun­fermline put an end to a lucky year for Mor­ton

The Herald - Herald Sport - - LADBROKES CHAMPIONSHIP -

DUN­FERMLINE Ath­letic know how to spring an an­niver­sary sur­prise.

On a day when Mor­ton were on the brink of cel­e­brat­ing a cal­en­dar year un­beaten at home, Nat Wed­der­burn net­ted the only goal as Dun­fermline won 1-0 at Cap­pielow.

That they took all three points was as much down to their goal­keeper Sean Mur­doch as any­one else as Dun­fermline showed their de­ter­mi­na­tion not to be dragged into the dog­fight be­neath them.

But there was no doubt this was a chance missed for Mor­ton, who now head to Easter Road on Wed­nes­day in the knowl­edge that any dam­age they can now in­flict on Hibs’ ti­tle am­bi­tions will be min­i­mal.

Mor­ton’s sup­port­ers ap­pre­ci­ated the ef­fort put in by the play­ers in an at­tempt to sal­vage the sit­u­a­tion, but man­ager Jim Duffy felt his team came up short in all de­part­ments.

“De­fen­sively, we weren’t near good enough. In mid­field, our cre­ativ­ity was miss­ing and up front we lacked a spark,” he ob­served.

If Dun­fermline will ar­gue they needed the points more, they re­main just four points off sec­ond-bot­tom de­spite the vic­tory.

Queen of the South are still not con­vinced they are safe de­spite their hard-earned 1-1 draw at Raith Rovers.

Stephen Dob­bie, who scored their goal from a free-kick, ad­mit­ted he had mixed feel­ings about the re­sult and per­for­mance.

“It was vi­tal that we didn’t get beaten but we re­ally need to start win­ning games now and pick­ing up more points to make sure we don’t get dragged into the group of teams be­low us in the ta­ble,” the striker pointed out.

Raith had led through a Ryan Hardie strike and de­fender Ja­son Thom­son ad­mit­ted it was not a clas­sic.

“It was a good point for us in the end, but we need a win soon,” he stated.

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