Manager post Morton

Listen to this James McPake interview

James McPake spoke to the media after the 2-1 win away to Morton.

That was some way to start a football match?

“Yes it is. Seven minutes were great then 87 of them were nail biting later on. Look we had just lost three games in a row and this is a tough, tough place to come so to come down here and get three points, obviously I’m delighted. 

“Wee Moff has been brilliant since he came in, he probably should have scored a couple of goals in every game he has played. He is a real goal threat so for him to get two quality goals, I’ve not seen them back but I’m delighted for him and delighted for the players to get the three points and get back on track.”

You had chances to get breathing space with a third goal?

“We did at 2-0. Credit to Greenock Morton and Dougie Imrie, Raith Rovers – a team that are doing really well in this league, off a derby victory over us of course – they came down here and go 2-0 in front. Morton got themselves back in the game and were very unfortunate not to get an equaliser. Probably like they were (tonight). When you are putting ball after ball into the box then they are unfortunate not to get it. I think had we got a third goal it would have been a lot more comfortable but that’s football at times.

“We showed real resilience, the back three and Deniz in particular. The goal, that’s fine we can accept that because we are asking them to play it out. It was just a bad pass from Deniz and then we give away a penalty. We can never question that, he tried to do the right thing, play the way we want to play but he made some big saves as well. I’ve not seen them all back but it looked from the side that he made some real big saves. 

“I’m just delighted to get back to winning ways but the last ten minutes in particular weren’t very comfortable.”

It shows how tight the league is when the win takes you up four places to fourth?

“I have not looked at the league table yet and that’s me being genuine. You get to Christmas time and then you assess it and see what’s what. I have been told that’s us fourth with a game in hand. It has been an okay start, we still have Arbroath to play, we have now played Morton and Raith twice so we are through the first quarter albeit we have not played one of the teams. 

“We want to come up and show that we can compete in this league and I think the players certainly showed that tonight, to come down to Morton and hang on with 15 minutes to go, 2-1 up. Putting ball after ball in your box shows we can certainly compete, although we need to be better at a lot of things.

“We are just delighted to get three points and I have never won down here as a manager so that’s a first tonight. They could have made it a lot easier for me but credit to the players, they went out and headed everything. Late on they through their bodies on the line and let’s not forget there was a lot of good football played as well. Some of the stuff was really good and we move on to next week.”

Match Report: 03/11/23 Morton 1 Dunfermline 2

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