Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Morton

Tuesday, 21st Nov 2017

Ladbrokes Championship: Tuesday 21st November kick off 7.45pm at East End Park.

Club Shop and Ticket Office open from 12noon - kick-off

This match was originally programmed for the international break weekend earlier in November but due to international commitments postponed and re-scheduled. Back in September the first meeting between the sides witnessed a great comeback by Morton. 2-0 up at half time due to goals from Joe Cardle and a penalty converted by Kallum Higginbotham, the Pars were toppled off the top of the league as Robert Thomson and Gary Harkins got Jim Duffy`s side level and Jai Quitongo sunk the Fifers with a goal three minutes into added time.

Morton have won just twelve times in 47 visits to East End Park and the Pars hold the upper hand with 44 wins in the 94 league meetings. Prior to the last two wins at East End Park it had been over six years since the previous home win.

Milestones v Morton (Home)

Last League Victory: 29/04/17 3-1 Championship
Last League Defeat: 28/03/15 0-4 League One
Best League Victory: 29/01/66 6-0 Division 1*
Worst League Defeat: 28/03/15 0-4 League One
*Pre league reconstruction

Of the last twelve league meetings Morton have won eight and four have been won by Dunfermline.

Last Twelve Matches v Morton

09-09-17: (A) L 2-3 Championship
29-04-17: (H) W 3-1 Championship
25-03-17: (A) W 1-0 Championship
10-12-16: (H) W 2-1 Championship
17-09-16: (A) L 1-2 Championship
02-03-16: (H) L 0-4 League One
24-01-15: (A) L 0-2 League One
25-10-14: (H) L 1-2 League One
20-09-14: (A) L 1-2 League One
13-04-13: (A) W 1-0 Scottish Division One
23-02-13: (H) L 1-4 Scottish Division One
29-12-12: (A) L 2-4 Scottish Division One

Last Meeting at East End Park
Ladbrokes Championship, Saturday 29th April 2017
Dunfermline 3 Morton 1

It was the last home match of the season and the home side needed to win to maintain their objective of finishing in fifth place. Morton had already secured a play off place.

The home fans were celebrating a goal within three minutes. Morton keeper Derek Gaston could not hold the powerful effort spilling out for CLARK to hit the crossbar and then follow up to poke the ball home. Former Pars on loan player Lawrence SHANKLAND flicked in a cross to equalise just eight minutes from the break. 1-1

Six minutes into the second half Michael MOFFAT slid in to convert a Higginbotham cross from the right. 2-1 Callum Smith came on as an 82nd minute sub and after just three minutes it was the 17 year old who fed the ball back to Rhys McCABE and from 25 yards out he crashed the ball into the Morton net with the help of a deflection. 3-1

DUNFERMLINE: Sean Murdoch: Ryan Williamson, Callum Fordyce (c), Lee Ashcroft, Jason Talbot: Kallum Higginbotham, Nat Wedderburn, Rhys McCabe, Paul McMullan (Michael Paton 54): Nicky Clark (Callum Smith 82), Michael Moffat (Gavin Reilly 86).
SUBS NOT USED: Stuart Morrison, Lewis Spence, Joe Cardle, David Hutton (GK).

MORTON: Derek Gaston: Michael Doyle (Kudus Oyenuga 72), Lee Kilday (c), Ricki Lamie, Lewis Strapp: Jamie McDonagh, Jamie Lindsay, Michael Tidser, Scott Tiffoney: Lawrence Shankland, Gary Oliver (Jon Scullion 76).
SUBS NOT USED: Mark Russell, Ben Armour, John Mitchell, Luke Donnelly, Jamie McGowan (GK).

Form last six matches

Queens Park (A) W 4-1
Falkirk (A) D 1-1
Inverness Caley (A) L 0-1
Livingston (H) W 3-1
Queen of the South (A) D 0-0
Falkirk (A) L 0-2

Queen of the South (H) L 1-2
St Mirren (A) D 2-2
Dumbarton (H) D 1-1
Brechin City (A) W 1-0
Falkirk (H) L 0-1
Dundee United (A) L 1-2

Morton have been without a game since Saturday 4th November when they went down 2-1 at home to Queen of the South. Their last win was at Brechin three games prior to that and that is their only win in the last six. They should not be underestimated since their previous full points were from matches against St Mirren, Dunfermline and Queen of the South.


League Position: 4th
League Points: 21
League Record: P12 W6 D3 L3 GF26 GA12
Goal Difference: +14
Last Six Match Form: LLDWLD

League Position: 6th
League Points: 16
League Record: P12 W4 D4 L4 GF16 GA14
Goal Difference: +2
Last Six Match Form: LLWDDL

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Queens Park):
Sean Murdoch: Ryan Williamson, Callum Morris (c), Lee Ashcroft, Jason Talbot: Kallum Higginbotham, Nat Wedderburn (Aaron Splaine 65), Dean Shiels (Lewis Martin 77), Joe Cardle: Declan McManus, Nicky Clark (Andy Ryan 71)
SUBS NOT USED: Jean-Yves M`Voto, Fraser Aird, Callum Smith, Cammy Gill (GK).

MORTON (v Queen of the South): Derek Gaston, Darren Barr, Michael Doyle, Ricki Lamie, Mark Russell, Scott Tiffoney (Ben Armour 87), Gary Harkins (Robert Thomson 71), Ross Forbes (Ruaridh Langan 89), Andy Murdoch, Bob McHugh, Gary Oliver.
SUBS NOT USED: Darren Hynes, Ross Doohan (GK).

Both Kallum Higginbotham and Declan McManus are suspended for this match.

Referee will be Stephen Finnie.

One other Championship match will be played on Tuesday 21st November - Inverness Caley Thistle v Brechin City.

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