Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Falkirk

Saturday, 22nd Apr 2017

Ladbrokes Championship: Saturday 22nd April 2017, kick off 3.00pm at East End Park.

Second placed Falkirk are the visitors to East End Park this Saturday.  The Bairns are hoping to keep hold of second place and so make it one less play off match in their attempts to reach the Premier League, seven years after suffering relegation from the top flight. Dunfermline at the other hand seek full points from the final three fixtures in the long shot that Morton do not win more than one point from their games at home to Ayr United and Dundee United and away to Dunfermline.

Dunfermline v Falkirk: The Full League Record

 . P W D L F A
At East End Park 46 17 12 17 62 59
At Brockville 36 10 7 19 39 60
At Falkirk Stadium 11 3 2 6 8 12
TOTALS 93 30 21 42 109 131

Dunfermline`s last home win over Falkirk in the final match of the 2010-11 season. It was a celebration for the Pars winning the First Division title with the presentation of the championship trophy and all. What a day and what a night it was and lost in all the excitement was the first home victory over the Bairns since Derek Laing`s winner on 9th October 1993.

Milestones Falkirk (Home)

Last League Victory

07/05/11

 . 3-0

 . First Div

Last League Defeat

27/03/13

0-2

 .First Div

Best League Victory

13/04/66

 . 6-1

 . Division 1

Worst League Defeat

02/01/52

0-6

 .Division 2

Dunfermline have won only three of the last seventeen league meetings with Falkirk, all during the championship winning 2010-2011 season. The Pars have won only one of the last eleven league matches against Falkirk at East End Park.

Last Twelve League Matches v Falkirk

04/02/17 A 0-2 L
26/12/16 H 1-1 D
15/10/16 A 1-2 L
27/03/13 H 0-2 L
16/02/13 A 0-1 L
26/12/12 H 0-1 L
06/10/12 A 2-2 D
07/05/11 H 3-0 W
12/03/11 A 2-1 W
15/02/11 H 1-1 D
07/08/10 A 1-0 W
19/05/07 H 0-3 L

Last League Meeting at East End Park
Boxing Day 2016
Dunfermline 1 Falkirk 1


Andy Geggan, John Herron and Joe Cardle returned for the Pars but they found themselves a goal behind after just ten minutes. It was with their first serious attack of the match that Falkirk scored. Tony Gallacher got through on the Pars right and cut back a perfect ball for Myles HIPPOLYTE to slide in. 0-1

The equaliser came from the penalty spot in 59th minute. A Geggan cross was overhit and Cardle gathered on the left. Joe`s cross hit Taiwo and the referee Euan Anderson pointed to the spot with the Bairns complaining their man was outside the box. Rhys McCABE accepted the responsibility for the penalty kick and netted to the right giving Rogers no chance. 1-1

Subs Michael Paton and Farid El Alagui were thrown on as well but it was Falkirk who created the most danger but nothing that the Pars defence could not deal with. In the end it was one point a piece, enough to take the Fifers back into seventh place on goal difference.

DUNFERMLINE: Sean Murdoch: Andy Geggan (c), Lewis Martin, Lee Ashcroft, Jason Talbot: Paul McMullan, John Herron, Rhys McCabe, Joe Cardle (Michael Paton 85): Nicky Clark (Farid El Alagui 87), Michael Moffat (Gavin Reilly 81)
SUBS NOT USED: Ryan Williamson, Callum Fordyce, Nat Wedderburn, David Hutton (GK)

FALKIRK: Daniel Rogers: Aaron Muirhead, Luca Gasparetto, Peter Grant, Tony Gallagher, Tom Taiwo (John Rankin 84) Craig Sibbald: Mark Kerr (c), Miles Hippolyte (Bob McHugh 75), John Baird, Scott Shepherd (Lee Miller 84)
SUBS NOT USED: Paul Watson, Lewis Kidd, Luke Leahy, Deiz Dogan Mehmet (GK).

Dunfermline . Falkirk
Current League Position
5 2
League Points
42 53
Goal Difference
+1 +16
Last 6-Match League Form
LWDWLW WLLWDD
Home / Away League Record
P16, W5, D7, L4 P16, W6, D6, L4

Falkirk have only lost two of their last twelve league games. . In all competitions, Dunfermline have lost only three of their last 24 matches.

 .Form last six matches
 . . Dunfermline  .  . Falkirk
 . Dumbarton (A) W 2-0  . St Mirren (H) D 2-2
 . Dundee United . (A)  .L

 .0-1

 . Dundee United . (A)  .D

 .1-1

 . Raith Rovers (H) W 1-0  . Raith Rovers (H) W 1-0
 . Hibernian (H) D

1-1

 . Hibernian (A) L

0-1

 . Morton (A) W 1-0  . Morton (H) L 0-1
 . Ayr United (H)  .L

 .0-1

 . Ayr United (A)  .W

 .4-1

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Dumbarton):
Sean Murdoch: Andy Geggan (c), Callum Morris, Lee Ashcroft, Jason Talbot: Kallum Higginbotham, Nat Wedderburn, Rhys McCabe, Paul McMullan: Michael Moffat (Michael Paton 81), Gavin Reilly (David Hopkirk 70)
SUBS NOT USED: Ryan Williamson, Joe Cardle, Lewis Martin, Lewis Spence, David Hutton (GK)

FALKIRK (v St Mirren): Robbie Thomson: Aaron Muirhead, Luca Gasparetto, Peter Grant, Luke Leahy: Tom Taiwo, James Craigen, Craig Sibbald, Mark Kerr (Nathan Austin 67): John Baird (Fraser Aird 67) Lee Miller (Bob McHugh 77).
SUBS NOT USED: Tony Gallagher, Miles Hippolyte, Scott Shepherd, Daniel Rogers (GK).

Referee for this match will be Gavin Duncan who last officiated a Pars match on 8th March 2016 at home to Albion Rovers.



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