Dunfermline manager Stevie Crawford was impressed by Vytas Gaspuitis on his first Pars start as he provided an update on Crystal Palace loanee Scott Banks.

The Crystal Palace talent was substituted in the weekend’s 0-0 draw with Hearts after going over on his ankle. Crawford says he is yet to speak with Banks but was likely to freshen up with Dom Thomas anyway.

The Crystal Palace loanee looked to be injured for Dunfermline.

The Crystal Palace loanee looked to be injured. (Photo by Crystal Palace Football Club)

He said: “At the time I just felt that I had to fresh up in the wider areas, I thought the team as whole did a shift and it was going to be Dom Thomas that I was going to freshen up but I don’t know if Scott has gone over on his ankle but we ended up taking him off and putting Dom over the other side.

“I thought Dom’s attitude when that happened – you know, he could have spat the dummy thinking that he was coming off the pitch but he got his head down and worked extremely hard in that last spell of the game.”

Crawford meanwhile was impressed with Lithuanian international Gaspuitis after his first Pars start since arriving in the winter: “It is great for the big man to get his first start for us. He had been away on international duty and got game time under his belt.  He has come in and having just spoken to him in the dressing room he said that he could not feel his legs in parts of the second half.


Impressed. (Photo by PETRAS MALUKAS/AFP via Getty Images)

“But we have come away with a point. I would have loved to have had all three points but again it is that application and desire. The big man got tested at times as the game went on but he was up for the fight and he has shown that he is going to have a good future here at Dunfermline.”

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