Dunfermline started the game very quickly and took the lead on three minutes with Dom Thomas’ delivery deflected by Christie Elliott before finding Kevin O’Hara, who fired the ball into the top left-hand corner.
The Pars went 2-0 up three minutes later with a brilliant lob by Craig Wighton, who exposed Dee keeper Adam Legzdins after an attempted Lee Ashcroft clearance, capitalising to double the lead for Stevie Crawford’s side.
Dundee almost pulled one back on 14 minutes with a Paul McGowan corner finding Ashcroft, who looked to eradicate his earlier error with a header at goal which crept just wide.
The hosts pulled a goal back on the half-hour mark. Max Anderson’s shot wasn’t cleared properly by Euan Murray, the ball falling to Osman Sow with a double effort parried by Owain Fon Williams but only into the direction of Jason Cummings, who had the simple job of heading into an empty net from a few yards out.
Dundee started the second half at a high intensity, equalising on 54 minutes with Ashcroft seeing his header parried by Fon Williams before falling to Danny Mullen a couple of yards out, who was able to slot home
James McPake’s side turned the game around on 55 minutes, taking the lead for the first time in the match just a minute after their second goal with McGowan finding Ashcroft, who headed into the bottom corner. Dundee pursued more goals but in the end three were enough to seal a big win. Here are three things we learned from the game.
The early Dunfermline goals were concerning for Dundee and the hosts got a goal back through Cummings at a good time, starting to get a foothold in the game before the interval.
Dundee conceded two preventable goals and the manner of goals were disappointing. But the second half got off to an extremely good start, turning the game and making amends for the opening six minutes.
Big result for Dundee
This victory brings Dundee into third and some consistency prior to the Tayside derby next weekend in the Scottish Cup against St Johnstone. Dundee haven’t beaten a team in the promotion hunt since beating Hearts 3-1, McPake’s side subject to criticism after an inconsistent run of results. But this was a promising show of character.
Poor away form for Dunfermline
The opening exchanges for Dunfermline couldn’t have started any better, going 2-0 up within the space of 10 minutes but a failure to adapt to Dundee’s second half start was the catalyst for defeat. That’s now eight away games without a win for the Pars.
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