Preview Alloa AthleticSaturday, 20th Feb 2021
Scottish Championship: Saturday 20th February 2021, 3.00pm kick off at East End Park, behind closed doors
After last Saturday’s home league match against Dundee was frozen off, Dunfermline get the chance to pick up where they left off at East End Park following their 4-1 win over Raith Rovers in their last home game.
Both sides played Arbroath in their most recent matches with Alloa scoring a late equaliser to prevent Dick Campbell’s side registering back to back wins. The Pars will be keen to atone for their defeat at Gayfield two Saturday’s ago and now have on loan Jambo, Craig Wighton on board to hopefully help in the goalscoring department.
Milestones v Alloa Athletic (home)
Last home win | 19/05/13 | 1-0 | First Division Play off
Last home defeat | 28/12/19 | 1-3 | Championship
Best home win: | 30/01/58 | 8-1 | Second Division
Worst home defeat: | 11/09/1886 | 4-8 | Scottish Cup
Last home goalless draw | 15/09/18 | 0-0 | Championship
First home league meeting: | 10/09/21 | 0-1 | Division Two
Last time at East End Park
Dunfermline 1 Alloa Athletic 3
Ladbrokes Championship, 28 December 2019
This was the third visit to East End Park this season for Peter Grant’s Alloa Athletic. It was a simple move that provided the 20th minute opener. Aaron Comrie sent a long pass up the right, Ryan Dow crossed and Kevin NISBET headed home from inside the six yard box. 1-0
The lead was to last only 90 seconds. The Wasps went up the park, Kevin O’Hara forced a corner off Lewis Martin on the right. Hetherington swung the ball in and although Scully made a save, Martin tried to head clear but that the ball broke for Liam Dick whose attempt was blocked by Scully but Adam BROWN was able to drill home the loose ball. 1-1.
Alloa were then to take the lead just four more minutes later. Scott Taggart pumped a ball towards the Pars box where Edwards gathered but had his clearance charged down by Buchanan and latching on to the break Kevin O’HARA fired a low shot from the edge of the box that found the net just inside Scully’s left hand post. 1-2
Midway through the second half with the Pars chasing an equaliser Nisbet’s outstretched leg took down Jon Robertson on the right edge of his own penalty box and referee Reid pointed you the spot. FLANNIGAN stepped up, Scully went the right way but the Alloa skipper converted the setpiece in the bottom left. 1-3.
DUNFERMLINE: Ryan Scully: Aaron Comrie, Lee Ashcroft, Lewis Martin, Josh Edwards (Lewis McCann 76): Paul Paton (c), Kyle Turner (Matt Todd 87), Joe Thomson (Anthony McDonald 65): Ryan Dow, Kevin Nisbet, Greg Kiltie.
SUBS NOT USED: Gabby McGill, Tom Lang, Harry Cochrane, Cammy Gill (GK)
ALLOA ATHLETIC: Jamie MacDonald: Jon Robertson, Scott Taggart, Robbie Deas, Liam Dick: Kevin Cawley, Steven Hetherington, Iain Flannigan, Adam Brown, Liam Buchanan (Robert Thomson 73), Kevin O’Hara.
SUBS NOT USED: Blair Malcolm, Cammy O`Donnell, Paul Gillespie, Chris Henry (GK)
Last 12 meetings against Alloa Athletic
Three Alloa wins, five Dunfermline wins with four drawn in the last twelve meetings. The Pars have won only two of the last seven and have not beaten Alloa at East End Park since May 2013.
24/10/20 | Alloa Athletic 1 Dunfermline 4 | Championship
28/12/19 | Dunfermline 1 Alloa Athletic 3 | Championship
09/11/19 | Alloa Athletic 2 Dunfermline 1 | Championship
28/09/19 | Dunfermline 1 Alloa Athletic 1 | Championship
07/09/19 | Dunfermline 1 Alloa Athletic 2 | Tunnock’s CW Cup
09/03/19 | Alloa Athletic 0 Dunfermline 1 | Championship
05/01/19 | Dunfermline 2 Alloa Athletic 2 | Championship
03/11/18 | Alloa Athletic 0 Dunfermline 1 | Championship
13/10/18 | Dunfermline 2 Alloa Athletic 2 | Irn Bru Cup
15/09/18 | Dunfermline 0 Alloa Athletic 0 | Championship
21/01/17 | Alloa Athletic 2 Dunfermline 3 | Scottish Cup
19/05/13 | Dunfermline 1 Alloa Athletic 0 | Div One Play off
Dunfermline have drawn three of their last six matches, lost two and won one. At home the Pars have only lost one match this season and as the third placed Fifers taken on their foot of the table Alloa, the bookmakers have a home win at the short odds of 4-9.
So far this season Alloa have played nine of their fifteen league matches at home. They have won only one of their last eight matches. The Wasps have scored only three goals in their six away league matches and their only away win in the league this season was at Arbroath in December.
Arbroath (A) L 0-2
Raith Rovers (H) W 4-1
Hearts (A) L 0-1
Ayr United (H) D 0-0
Morton (A) D 0-0
Inverness Caley Thistle (A) D 1-1
Arbroath (H) D 1-1
Queen of the South (H) W 2-1
Ayr United (A) L 1-4
Hearts (H) L 1-3
Cove Rangers (H) L 2-3
Morton (H) D 1-1
Current League Stats
League Position: 3rd
League Points: 24
Goal Difference: +7
League Record: P15 W6 D6 L3 GF24 GA17
Last Six Match Form: DDDLWL
League Position: 10th
League Points: 12
Goal Difference: -18
League Record: P15 W3 D3 L9 GF16 GA34
Last Six Match Form: DLLLWD
Last Time Out
DUNFERMLINE (v Arbroath): Owain Fôn Williams: Aaron Comrie (Scott Banks 77), Paul Watson, Euan Murray (c), Josh Edwards: Kerr McInroy, Lewis Mayo (Lewis McCann 68), Iain Wilson (Matthew Todd 84), Fraser Murray: Kevin O’Hara, Declan McManus.
SUBS NOT USED: Kyle Macdonald, Kyle Turner, Paul Allan, Cammy Gill (GK)
ALLOA (v Arbroath): Neil Parry: Jon Robertson (Robert Thomson 87), Scott Taggart, Andy Graham, Liam Dick: Kevin Cawley, Steven Hetherington, Ray Grant, Lucas Williamson (Stefan Scougall 67), Alan Trouten, Innes Cameron.
SUBS NOT USED: Innes Murray, Liam Buchanan, Lee Connelly Nicky Jamieson, Jordan Wright (GK).
Referee will be Steven Reid (pictured below) who was in charge for the last meeting between these teams at East End Park in December 2019.
Other Championship Fixtures
Arbroath v Raith Rovers
Ayr United v Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Dundee v Queen of the South
Hearts v Morton
Highlights 28/12/19: Dunfermline 1 Alloa 3
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