By Graeme McGill and Ben Banks
United’s return to the Premiership is seemingly inevitable but their form has stuttered in February, picking up four points from nine prior to their Pars meeting. Having not lost at East End Park in league action since 2007, they held a good record heading into their Fife clash.
But Dunfermline bucked that trend with a 2-0 win. Goals on either side of half time from Kevin Nisbet and Jonathan Afolabi secured a big win for the Pars who now sit two points outside the promotion play-off spots.
Neilson’s side remains 18 points clear at the Championship’s summit but he’s called for improvement: “We’re really disappointed. From the start I didn’t think we competed the way we have in games.
“We weren’t aggressive. We have to dust ourselves down and make sure we get a better performance on Tuesday. We had a brilliant support, they are always fantastic.
“The biggest disappointment for us is that we didn’t perform. We spoke at the end and it’s important we don’t get that kind of performance again. It was nowhere near the level we want to be at.”