Hearts 2 Dunfermline 1Saturday, 21st Nov 1998
Edinho (18) 0-1:
Thomas Flogel (61) 1-1:
Neil McCann (90) 2-1:
PARS SECOND HALF HEADACHE
All the references to Dunfermline going to play sexy football now that they have signed a Brazilian appeared to come true in the first half. Dunfermline fielded an unchanged team while Hearts made five changes. After the normal shaky opening minutes, the Pars seemed to be stimulated into fluency and style Penetration was telling and it was no surprise when it all came together in 18 minutes.
Gavin Johnson fired a shot on the Hearts goal which keeper Roddy McKenzie failed to hold and EDINHO pounced to fire in from short range. Hearts had little to offer and David Graham was looking quick and threatening up front.
The Pars support was at its most vociferous of the season so far, happy with a new chant - “Its just like watching Brazil”.
It could easily have been 10 against 11 when Jamie Squires overreacted after David Weir fouled Craig Ireland at a corner. The Englishman pushed Weir in the face and was fortunate that Stuart Dougal only used yellow.
Half time: Hearts 0 Dunfermline 1
One nil at the break and comfortably in control soon disintegrated into mediocrity. The game was already falling away from Dunfermline when Thomas FLOGELslotted in the equaliser from the right side of the penalty area.
Edinho playing further up and further wide than he did against Dundee United again tired and there was no sign of sexy football in the second half. The Brazilian was glad to be substituted twenty minutes from time; he shook Stuart Dougal’s hand and left to a standing ovation.
How many times do we need to go to Tynecastle to know that Hearts will fight until the final whistle? Yet again it all went horribly wrong at the death. Neil McCANN was on the right end of a defence splitting pass and defeat was stolen from a first class first half performance.
SUBS NOT USED: Rab McKinnon, Gary Locke, Derek Holmes, Myles Hogarth (GK)
SCORERS: Flogel (61), McCann (90)
YELLOW CARD: Weir
DUNFERMLINE: Lee Butler: Greg Shields, Jamie Squires, Craig Ireland, Scott McCulloch: Andy Tod, Derek Ferguson, Gavin Johnson: Edinho (Stewart Petrie): Andy Smith, David Graham (Hamish French)
SUBS NOT USED: Colin Nish, Chris Templeman, Ian Westwater,
SCORERS: Edinho (18)
YELLOW CARD: Squires, Edinho
REFEREE: Stuart Dougal
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