By David Buick
Dunfermline ended a five-game losing streak with a brilliant 2-0 win at home to Dundee.
Goals from Ryan Dow and Kevin Nisbet put the Pars into a two-goal lead at the break and the East End Park side were able to protect that advantage in the second half to secure a well-earned win.
It puts the Fifers just a point and a place behind James McPake’s side, who currently sit fourth. Here are three things we learned
Dow and Nisbet the standouts once again as Pars end losing streak
This was a massive win for the Pars. Five defeats on the bounce heading into this and another tonight would have really increased concerns of a potential relegation.
As has been the case all season long for the Pars, when Dow and Nisbet are on form, the rest of the team tend to follow. Dow and Nisbet have been the standout players this season and another impressive performance from both propelled the Pars to a big victory.
Dow did very well to open the scoring with a header and Nisbet showed his class with a wonderful goal to double the Dunfermline lead.
Pars players show support for Crawford
One of the most memorable moments from the game was the celebration of the second goal by the Dunfermline players. After Nisbet’s brilliant goal, the Pars striker, followed by his teammates, ran straight over to the touchline to celebrate with manager Stevie Crawford.
Some pressure had started to build on the Pars boss after a poor run of results so this show of support from the players is a big boost for him.
Pressure builds on McPake
Another disappointing defeat for the Dee will add to the frustration of the Dundee supporters and will no doubt lead to increasing calls for a change at Dens Park.
After relegation from the Premiership last season, Dundee were expected to really challenge for the title this season and haven’t reached those heights.
Their poor season so far combined with neighbours United running away with the title has led to a real feeling of disappointment amongst the Dundee support.