Dunfermline Look to Bounce Back After Scottish Cup Disappointment

Following a bitterly disappointing Scottish Cup exit at the hands of Raith Rovers, Dunfermline vice captain Chris Hamilton is determined to rally his team and shift their focus back to the league. Chris acknowledged the need for improvement and emphasised the significance of Tuesday’s league match at home to Arbroath.

Learning from Defeat

Reflecting on the cup defeat, Chris expressed his disappointment:- “It was not what we set out to do, not what we expect of ourselves, so a bad night all night and just not quite good enough.” The vice captain attributed the loss to the quality of Raith Rovers, acknowledging that if a team is not performing at 100 percent, opponents like Raith have the players to capitalise on the lapses.

“We are a good team, we know we are a good team, and we need to go out on the pitch and prove that – go out with a point to prove in every game,” Chris asserted, underlining the importance of showcasing their capabilities in the upcoming matches.

Quick Redemption Needed

Chris acknowledged the disappointment felt by the players, stressing the desire for a swift opportunity to redeem themselves. “When you have a bad performance and a bad result like that, you want a game as quick as you can to get over it,” he said. The lifelong Pars fan highlighted the importance of regrouping, dusting themselves down, and approaching the next match with renewed determination.

Analysing the Cup exit

Chris discussed the dynamics of the match against Raith Rovers, noting that the team struggled to get going, particularly in the first half.  Despite previous tight derbies, Raith Rovers managed to secure a convincing win, with Chris conceding that the opposition’s good players took advantage of the chances presented to them.

In skipper Kyle Benedictus’ absence through injury, Chris has been deployed in central defence and he pointed out that Dunfermline’s efforts to push for a comeback were thwarted, and Raith Rovers capitalised on their opportunities, especially after securing the second goal in the second half.

Positive Signs Despite Penalty Miss

Despite the disappointment, Chris found positive aspects in the performance, singling out players like Matty Todd and Kane Ritchie-Hosler, who provided impetus. Even Lewis McCann’s penalty miss in the 80th minute, although unfortunate, was considered less significant in the broader context of the game. Chris commended McCann’s effort and expressed confidence in the player’s ability to score more goals in the future.

Looking Forward to Arbroath Clash

Chris Hamilton recognises the need to shift focus back to the league, especially with a crucial match against Arbroath on the horizon.  He made 35 appearances for Tuesday night’s opponents in season 2021-2022 and he stressed the importance of the players proving themselves on the pitch and approaching the upcoming game with a determination to bounce back from last Friday’s setback.

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