Manager Stevie Crawford reckons that his current group of Dunfermline players are the best he’s had as the Pars continued their winning form.

Following on from three straight victories in the League Cup against Dumbarton, Falkirk and Kilmarnock, Crawford’s men won their Championship opener. Goals courtesy of Euan Murray, Ryan Dow and Declan McManus handed them a 3-1 win over Inverness.

East End victory for Crawford. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Crawford was delighted with the result and when asked whether this is the best squad he’s had, the Pars boss said: “Yes, being honest about it, I think it is the strongest group mentally as well.

“I have got trust in them on the work side of it, when you are going through those hard parts we could have crumbled after goal 1-0 down today to an early goal. We have shown a resilience on that side of things and we are going to get different tests over the season.

“We have got off to a great start in the League Cup campaign, we have come up against a very good Inverness side. I know that they were missing a few players today but Inverness have got a decent side and we have managed to come away with the three points which is very pleasing.”

A good day’s work. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

There were changes made to the team that recently beat Kilmarnock 3-0, one notable absentee from the starting XI being Hibs loanee Fraser Murray. Two goals in that win, one a spectacular free-kick, couldn’t buy him a Championship start but Crawford says it’s about managing minutes.

“Fraser Murray was excellent during the week for us,” said Crawford. “It was nothing to do with his performance levels and I explained that to Fraser.

“Naturally he will have been disappointed that he did not start today but Ryan Dow did not start against Kilmarnock.

Hibernian Squad Head shots 2020/21

The Hibs kid was dropped.(Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

“We will manage people’s game time. What the players realise is that we want to win games of football and I think when there is belief in that and that is the reasons it will hurt them. When Fraser came on today he didn’t look as if he was petulant or disappointed.

“He came on and contributed to the win and that is all I can ask of the players.”

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