Stevie Crawford has heaped praise on Dunfermline star Dom Thomas in the wake of the Pars’ 2-0 win over rivals Falkirk.
The Bairns showed promise in the first half but an inspiring performance from winger Thomas and Pars captain Euan Murray sealed a home win. Two of Thomas’ crosses met his skipper, who finished with aplomb to hand Crawford a second competitive win of the season.
Friday’s assist king returned to East End Park permanently in the summer following a loan spell at East End Park from Kilmarnock last season. His manager has heaped praise on him following two vital contributions.
“One of the attractions in bringing Dom Thomas to the club as we saw when he faced up to Scott Mercer and won the corner for the second goal as well with being aggressive in his forward play, is his delivery,” said Crawford.
“I thought we looked a threat all night from set plays and created a number of chances and possibly we could have scored more. The really pleasing thing with Dom was that he was attracted to play for Dunfermline in the Championship.
“That was a great thing for me as a manager, it wasn’t having to convince Dom to come here. He had a great loan spell here with us last year and it shows at 24 years of age that he felt the it was the right club for him, the right fit and I said when I signed him, it is not what you see of Dom Thomas on the park, he is actually a great character about the place.
“He has a good manner with him and with the boys. He knows when to have a laugh and when to take things seriously.”
It was bound to be strange for Crawford, taking part in a competitive match with Falkirk in front of empty stands. Pars fans remain locked out of East End Park as the global health pandemic continues but the importance of this victory is not lost on Crawford.
“We will enjoy it,” said the Pars boss. “I probably didn’t enjoy the Dumbarton result the way that I should have and didn’t allow the players to enjoy it because they were in the next day and talking about the next game.
“You forget when you are on the coaching side that they have actually won a game of football. It was their first game since March. I am going to enjoy it, let them enjoy it. I know what this means to the fans.
“I was lucky enough to play for the club and we had good days against Falkirk and we had bad days. It is a great way for the players to connect with the fans, they will have seen it on the television tonight.
“We are not getting carried away with ourselves and enjoy it because sometimes it takes a while to play in games like this and you end up losing games. No, it is very pleasing.”