By David Buick

After a week of turmoil that saw David Hopkin leave the club’s manager post to help ease the financial burden on the club, Morton pulled off a surprise 2-1 win away to Dunfermline.

The Pars went into the game unbeaten so far this season, having won every home game whilst the visitors were yet to win away from home. Goals from Jim McAllister and Craig McGuffie either side of a Declan McManus penalty for the Pars handed Morton their 2-1 victory.

Dundee United v Greenock Morton

McCallister struck to hand Morton a win. (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group via Getty Images)

However, perhaps the most controversial moment of the game came as Morton had a goal not given despite the ball quite clearly crossing the line. Thankfully though for the Ton, the incident didn’t deny them what was a well-deserved victory. Here are three things we learned.

Spirited Ton bounce back

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Given the circumstances at the club, combined with facing unbeaten opposition, even the most optimistic Ton fans wouldn’t have been expecting much from this game. The Morton players had other ideas as they rose to the challenge.

Queen of the South v Greenock Morton (Ladbrokes Championship)

Big win for the Ton. (Photo by Paul Devlin / SNS Group via Getty Images)

A hard-working, defensively disciplined, and spirited performance saw the Greenock side come away with a richly deserved three points. Having had the injustice of not being awarded what was a perfectly good goal followed by conceding a penalty moments later, the Ton showed great character to stay in the game and then go and grab a winning goal.

Dunfermline unbeaten run ends

Heading into the weekend as the only unbeaten team in the Championship, Stevie Crawford’s men have had a wonderful start to the season. Many would have back the Fifers to add another three points to their tally, especially given the turmoil at Morton currently.

But it wasn’t a great day at the office for the Pars. They struggled to create chances throughout and when they did have moments of promise they simply weren’t clinical enough. Luckily for Dunfermline, results elsewhere in the league were favorable for them and despite succumbing to their first defeat, they remain in second place, two points ahead of third.

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Still sitting pretty. (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Whittaker a big miss once again

In the summer, the signing of Steven Whittaker was seen as a big coup for the Pars. The former Scotland international has had a very good start to life at East End Park. His experience and ability in the middle of the park has helped the Pars on the way to a fantastic start to the season.

Having suffered a hamstring injury, Whittaker has now missed the last two games and his absence has been noticeable. The balance of the Pars midfield seems to have been not quite right in this match and away to Raith Rovers last weekend.

Whittaker usual acts as a solid base to the midfield sitting in front of the back four and allowing the likes of Kyle Turner and Kerr McInroy to get forward and influence the attack. Crawford will be hoping to have the experienced midfielder back for Tuesday’s League Cup quarter-final against St Johnstone.

Steven Whittaker has yet to taste defeat as a Dunfermline player

Whittaker’s a miss. (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

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