Dunfermline manager Stevie Crawford has taken responsibility for the heavy defeat to Raith Rovers on Tuesday night. The East End Park club went down 5-1 at Starks Park. A result which sees them fall out of the Championship play-off places.

In the aftermath of the defeat, Crawford admitted that it was the lowest point of his Pars managerial career, and wants his team to perform better if they are to make the play-offs.

“My lowest point”

“It is my lowest point personally since I came into the job. It is a sore one to take, the players know that” he said.

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Dunfermline manager Stevie Crawford watches his team (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group via Getty Images)

“As a coaching staff I have held up my hand and taken responsibility for it because it is not a nice night to be manager of Dunfermline Football Club on the back end of a 5-1 defeat by Raith Rovers.

“Where we find ourselves at the moment it is still in our hands to get into the play-offs, but we need to perform better” Crawford stated.

Back in action this weekend

Dunfermline are on a poor run of form which has seen them lose their last three league games. It is a run they will have to put an end to quickly if they are to reach the play-offs.

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Dunfermline takes on Hearts this weekend (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

They have the opportunity to do this at the weekend, when they take on Hearts at East End Park. Hearts will be determined to get the three points to make up for some poor results which have manager Robbie Neilson under pressure.

Crawford will be eager to stop the rot and get points on the board to help Dunfermline get back into the play-off picture. However, as he has stated, his team will need to perform far better than they did on Tuesday night.

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