It started a big day today for the Pars as they continued their quest to accumulate the points that would see off the possibility of relegation this season. It was also a big day for Caley Jags as defender Ross Tokley fielded for the 400th time for the home team. It was Dunfermline however that made the more determined start and they were rewarded on 37 mins when Jim McIntyre volleyed home after receiving a Tam McManus flick on. Dunfermline continued to look dangerous but became more nervous as the game went on. Then on 77 mins Caley Jags drew even. A Richard Hastings free-kick, although fired straight at Dunfermline keeper Dorus De Vries, was not stopped and the ball slipped through his hands and into the goal. The game was sealed on 89 mins when Caley Jags' substitute Rory McAllister drive flew in, deflected off Dunfermline's Sol Bamba.
Charlie Christie reflected on today's home win: "I think you have to enjoy any win, although I definitely feel some sympathy for Dunfermline...They got a couple of bad breaks in the game. But, to be fair, I thought our play deserved those breaks and all credit to our players."
Pars' manager Stephen Kenny was surprised by his team's defeat after their strong start and recent run of excellent form: "Five wins out of six games put us at the top of the table in terms of the form league... We played well here but somehow lost the game... Relegation has consequences for everybody, but we just have to accept it and come straight back up."
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Caley Jags started well but for the second week running defensive errors led to another defeat. The Pars earned three valuable points as they try to avoid what seemed like certain relegation this season. Markus Paatelainen scored his second goal in two weeks on 22 mins. However, Dunfermline's Stephen Glass equalized on 52 minutes and Jim McIntyre scored their second on 61 mins. Glass went on to score from a penalty on 79 mins.
Charlie Christie is not happy with the team's defending over the past two games, "It is really frustrating as we are losing really cheap goals just now, it is unlike us and we did the same last Saturday against Killie when we give away two goals from long throw-ins. The problem is I don't have huge options to change the personnel in the defensive side of things as we are very thin on the ground for players at the moment..."
Stephen Kenny's side now has a chance of avoiding relegation,"It was an important victory... we are six points from getting off the bottom and we have an inferior goal difference... we wanted to give ourselves a chance though and I think we've done that."
No goals for Caley Jags or the Pars in their latest encounter. Not a great deal of goalmouth action but a hard fought game. Stevie Crawford was sent off when he picked up a second yellow card. Seven other bookings were handed out including Caley Jags' Grant Munro, Barry Wilson and Ian Black. Ian was substituted on 75 minutes presumably to ensure his availability in the next game, against Rangers. However, he didn't appear to appreciate the opportunity.
After the match Caley Jags Manager Charlie Christie said, " In the second half, we came onto a game and looked the more likely to score. We could've taken more responsibility and taken the ball into the box on occasions, but you can see that we're not on the best of runs at the moment." Pars' Stephen Kenny said: "I thought it was game that we could've won. We started brightly and Crawford and Gary Mason both had chances and looked like they were going to score..."
Caley Jags manager Charlie Christie said: "Today was a really important result.... I am delighted to finally get three points at home but I though it was well deserved despite the lucky break we got. We dictated the second half from start to finish but we did not create enough chances in that period... However the players tried very hard to make things happen for us and give the fans something to shout about and we got there in the end."
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