The Championship is probably the craziest league in the country. Week by week it seems to change, and the latest to feel the full extent of that is Stevie Crawford’s Dunfermline Athletic.
A few weeks back, under Allan Johnston, the Pars were nervously looking over their shoulder. They still remain just six points clear of basement boys Partick Thistle, who they host next. Rather bizarrely though, they’re also just five points off a promotion playoff place. The competitive edge to the Championship shouldn’t be taken for granted.
Having nipped in to fourth last season, losing out in the playoffs to Dundee United, don’t be surprised if they repeat the trick. You just never know whether everything will align perfectly.
Everything went according to plan on Saturday
Heading into the weekend, they were behind Morton and Queen of the South, both of whom lost away to Inverness and at home to Alloa respectively. Add their 1-0 win over promotion-chasing Ayr at Somerset Park into the mix and the Pars are back in contention for a playoff spot.
Of course other sides are, but the turnaround at Dunfermline has been superb. Two league wins in as many games is a third of what Allan Johnston had produced (six).
An array of attacking talent at Crawford’s disposal
The Pars may still be tied-lowest scorers in the division, but Stevie Crawford, a striker in his day, may well have solved that problem by recruiting talented Aberdeen youngster Bruce Anderson.
If they can get him firing along with Faissal El Bakhtaoui and Robbie Muirhead both back to their best, then that has the making of an exciting attacking trio that is capable of scoring and creating goals at Championship level.
Louis Longridge chipped in with the winner from the spot against Ayr and also can’t be ignored. After being injured since October, it’s evident the Fifers missed his creativity and eye for goal during that time. Perhaps he could be the catalyst to determine where Dunfermline finish.