By David Buick
Dunfermline took the lead through the returning Euan Murray. He was on hand to tap into an empty net after a Gabby McGill effort was saved by Danny Rogers, with the rebound falling kindly to Murray.
Morton found the equaliser through a Jacobs header following a scrappy bit of play in the Pars box, sending the Ton into the break on level terms. David Hopkin’s men came out in the second half looking the better team and it wasn’t long until they took the lead.
Captain McAlister got on the end of a Luca Colville cross to head the ball past Ryan Scully. Morton were in full control in the second period and the Greenock side deservedly extended their lead. This goal was a unfortunate for Pars keeper Scully, who failed to deal with a cross and Jacobs captialised with his second goal of the day.
Kevin Nisbet was able to get a consolation for Dunfermline with an absolute peach of a free kick, but it was too little too late for the Pars who fell to their fifth defeat on the bounce. Here are three things we learned.
Another big win as the Ton look to climb the league
Having earned an important win against Arbroath at Gayfield last week, Morton will be absolutely delighted to earn another three points today as they look to pull away from the relegation play-off place.
That’s now three wins out of four for the Ton who having looked like real candidates for relegation before that run, can now look upwards with the promotion play-off spots only four points away. Having been under a bit of pressure from the supporters, as well as some off the field distractions at Cappielow, Hopkin will be immensely pleased with his players who have fought hard in the past few weeks to put a positive run together.
With the Championship being such a tight league, Hopkin will know that if his side can string a few more wins together, they could really push for promotion.
Familiar story for the Pars
For the third week in a row Dunfermline have fallen to a disappointing defeat after starting the game brightly. Dow, Dom Thomas and Nisbet all looked lively and they deservedly took the lead through Murray.
However, yet again, the Pars capitulated in the second half in both a defensive and attacking sense. A real lack of creativity and an inability to fashion any clear openings in the second half, combined with conceding poor goals, cost the Pars once again.
Stevie Crawford has said for weeks that his side would be working on these issues during the week on the training pitch but they haven’t been able to implement these lessons.
The Pars fans will be very worried as their team have now lost five games on the bounce and are in real danger of being dragged into a relegation battle if they can’t turn things around in the coming games.
Boosting keeper morale
Crawford has chopped and changed his keepers with Cammy Gill and Ryan Scully having prolonged periods in the team this season. Both have been competing for the East End Park number one spot.
Scully unfortunatley misjudged a Morton cross, allowing Jacobs to head home for the Ton and it proved to be the winning goal. It’s a blow that will no doubt leave the Pars number one gutted.
Both Dunfermline keepers are in need of a confidence boost after a testing few weeks, something which could bring some stability and confidence to the Pars team.