Ewan enjoys new derby experience

Ewan Otoo has now played the full 90 minutes in the Pars last nine competitive matches.  Saturday’s Fife Derby was his 12th match for Dunfermline and it was yet another in which he demonstrated his versatility, starting in midfield but ending the match in a defensive back three. The 20 year old who made the move from Celtic permanent in the summer says:-

“I am just happy to play wherever the gaffer needs and wants me to play. I see myself as a versatile player, however I am able to help the team I am happy to do that. I enjoy playing football wherever I’m playing.”

He played in the Old Firm B derby but Ewan had been looking forward this Fife one all week. “It was good to get out there and play, there was a good atmosphere, we were really backed by the fans so I enjoyed it.”

Players and fans alike were pleased to greet the first competitive game of the 2023-2024 season. For Ewan it came after his first taste of pre-season training at Dunfermline and he continued:-

“We have had a very good pre-season, the boys have applied themselves very well and we were raring to go on Saturday. Hopefully you saw that out there. I am happy to get that under my belt and I am looking forward to the next game.

“That’s what pre-season prepares you for. I didn’t actually feel too bad, I felt quite good physically so hopefully it will be the same on Tuesday.  There were plenty of positives for the team in general although I think there is stuff we can work on as a team. Individually I am always trying to improve and I know that I can always get better in different ways. I will be looking back on Saturday’s game, analysing it to see how I can use that to go forward.”

Analysis will show a slow start against Raith Rovers by the visitors but a much better performance once they got further into the match. It was no less of a challenge than had been expected claimed Ewan:-

“We know Raith are an established Championship side so we know playing against them is a good opportunity to test what we are all about. We will just take it game by game but it was a good start.  We know that this is the kind of standard of opposition that we will face so to get a positive result is good for the confidence going forward.”

Dunfermline picked up two points as a result of winning the penalty shoot out 4-2. Ewan revealed that he was seventh in line to take penalties and happy not to stand in the way of others who wanted to step up first. Hopefully Tuesday night’s match against Annan Athletic can avoid penalties and yield three points for the Fifers to set up a potential group decider against Kilmarnock on Saturday. Ewan admitted to not knowing much about the team from Dumfries-shire:-

“I think it will be another tough test. There is a quick turnaround from Saturday to Tuesday. We will be looking to do the right things, recovery on Sunday, and prepare for that game. Hopefully we get another positive result.”

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