Dunfermline boss Stevie Crawford has hailed the influence of Matty Bowman after the youngster’s Pars debut.

The right-back turned professional last year as he made his first steps in senior football at East End Park. He’s been patient, and that perseverance has finally paid off.

It was a strong display in a 3-2 League Cup victory over Clyde, in which Crawford’s men came back from 2-0 down to achieve a win. Crawford has praised his young defender, reflecting on the game as a whole.

“I thought that he was excellent and he has had to be very patient,” said Crawford. “He has not had it easy, going forward he has been terrific and you could see today.

“Going down that right side for a young man making his debut, he has done well and there will be progression in Matty. We will continue to work with him and see how he goes for the rest of the season.

Dunfermline v Dundee Utd (Ladbrokes Championship)

Crawford was pleased. (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group via Getty Images)

“I think there is a belief in the squad. We came back against Inverness earlier in the season and won against a difficult side. To go and win the game as late as we did makes it nerve racking at times but it is also exciting for us knowing that the team are going to dig deep and go to the last minute to try and win the game.

“We went in (at half time) behind but I didn’t feel panicky myself. I said to them that it was a different test for us today. I thought we had opportunities in the game and we just needed to remain focused and make sure if more opportunities come we take them.”

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