By Ben Banks and David Buick

Euan Murray was delighted to return to action with a goal after five months out injured- but it was bittersweet as Dunfermline were defeated again.

Morton inflicted a fifth defeat in a row upon the Pars at the weekend. Two from Kyle Jacobs and a Jim McAlister effort dragged Murray’s team closer to the bottom.

Dunfermline lost again. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Whilst they are still fifth, Stevie Crawford’s side are only three points off the relegation zone. After a run of three wins on the spin, this losing run will be a sore one for the East End Park club.

Murray says the players must shoulder the blame following poor results as of late.

“It’s been a long road to come back and we started the game really well, but ultimately my goal doesn’t mean anything and I would swap it for three points,” said Murray.

Back in the fray. (Photo by Chris Vaughan – CameraSport via Getty Images)

“The boys would probably say we are repeating ourselves by saying that. But it isn’t good enough. We need to look at ourselves. We are prepared in the best way possible every week and we started the game and the game plan was working, but for whatever reason we just seemed to get a bit rattled.

“They seemed to go a bit more direct. That’s something you have to deal with, especially at such a big club as this. After they equalised we seemed to go into our shell and it was a frustrating second half. That’s down to the players and something we have to put right, especially going into a massive game next week now.

“It was an ask playing in midfield, but I felt all right, especially in the first half. We can’t have that as an excuse. Every one of us needs to man-up on the pitch. It’s nothing to do with the coaching staff.

Taking blame. (Photo by Andrew Vaughan – CameraSport via Getty Images)

“Teams will look at us now and think that’s the way we are. We’re the only people who can do that to get us out of this rut. A few week’s ago we had three wins on the bounce and unbeaten at home.

“It can change very quickly and get back to winning ways. It was just great to be back out there and the competitiveness, which I thrive on. It was a long time being out and from a personal point of view I was just delighted to be back out representing Dunfermline.”

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