Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Morton

Saturday, 3rd Feb 2018

Ladbrokes Championship (away) Saturday 3rd February 2018, 3.00pm kick off at Cappielow

Next up in the Championship is another trip to Cappielow to face Jim Duffy`s on form Morton. The match provides a quick opportunity to extinguish the pain of Scottish Cup exit to Morton just two weeks ago. Ultimately this could be a much more important fixture for Dunfermline than the last round of the Cup.

Pars v Morton: The Full League Record
P | W | D | L | F | A
48 | 26 | 10 | 12 | 92 | 57 | At East End
47 | 18 | 12 | 17 | 58 | 57 | At Cappielow
95 | 44 | 22 | 29 | 150 | 114

Dunfermline’s record against Morton hasn’t been the best with the possible exception of last season.

Admission Prices

ADULT: £18 / £20*
(Over 65s, Students 17-20 year old) £15
CHILD: (12-16) £5
CHILD: (Under 12) £0

*Adult tickets purchased prior to 1.00pm on a match day are charged at £18 and those purchased after 1.00pm are charged at £20, with £2 invested directly into the youth development programme.
** Proof of age and entitlement is required

Milestones v Morton (Away)
Last League Victory | 25/03/17 | 1-0 | Championship
Last League Defeat | 09/09/17 | 2-3 | Championship
Best League Victory | 11/12/99 | 3-0 | Division 1
| 23/08/88 | 3-0 | Premier League
| 25/11/67 | 3-0 | Divison 1
Worst League Defeat | 14/08/26 | 0-3 | Division 1
| 19/04/08 0-3 | First Division

Last Matches between the clubs

Only four wins over Morton in the last twelve meetings is not a great record. Dunfermline lost all four league meetings in season 2014-15 but won the next three. The `Ton still finished in a play off place in last season`s campaign despite the Pars taking nine points off them but this season the Pars are still awaiting their first win.

Last Twelve Matches v Morton
20/01/18 | H | L | 1-2 | Scottish Cup
20/11/17 | H | D | 1-1 | Championship
09/09/17 | A | L | 2-3 | Championship
29/04/17 | H | W | 3-1 | Championship
25/03/17 | A | W | 1-0 | Championship
10/10/16 | H | W | 2-1 | Championship
17/09/16 | A | L | 1-2 | Championship
28/03/15 | 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

Last Meeting at Cappielow
Saturday 9th September 2017
Morton 3 Dunfermline 2

The Pars were toppled from the top of the league when Morton came back from 2-0 down at half time to win 3-2 thanks to a late Jai Quitongo goal.

Joe CARDLE ninth minute goal put the visitors ahead. He picked up a loose ball and burst between two players to enter the Morton box on the left side and slot the ball past the advancing Derek Gaston. 0-1

Kallum HIGGINBOTHAM stepped up and sent a 33rd minute penalty to the keeper`s right. Gaston had gone the right way but failed to stop the well struck effort nestling in the bottom left of his net. 0-2

Callum Morris was too weak with his header back towards Murdoch in the second minute of the second half and THOMSON nipped in to stick the ball away. 1-2

Sub Gary HARKINS equalised from a 73rd minute setpiece when he lifted the ball over the Pars wall to beat Murdoch to his right. 2-2

The match was in the third minute of added time at the end when from A McManus` long ball out of his own half, Martin was beaten by QUITONGO 25 yards out and with composure, the striker advanced to stick the ball beyond Murdoch. 3-2

MORTON: Derek Gaston: Michael Doyle, Tom O`Ware (c), Ricki Lamie, Mark Russell: Andy Murdoch, Ross Forbes (Gary Harkins 63), Michael Tidser, Robert Thomson: Gary Oliver (Connor McManus 83), Bob McHugh (Jai Quitongo 63).
SUBS NOT USED: Scott Tiffoney, Ross Doohan, Ruaridh Langan, Ben Armour

DUNFERMLINE: Sean Murdoch: Ryan Williamson, Callum Morris (c), Lee Ashcroft, Jason Talbot (Lewis Martin 35): Kallum Higginbotham, Nat Wedderburn, Dean Shiels, Joe Cardle: Declan McManus (Callum Smith 66), Nicky Clark (David Hopkirk 73).
SUBS NOT USED: Aaron Splaine, Jean Yves M`Voto, Andy Ryan, Cammy Gill (GK).

Form last six matches

St Mirren (H) L 1-2
Morton (H) L 1-2
Dundee United (H) D 0-0
Dumbarton (A) W 1-0
Falkirk (H) W 2-0
Brechin City (H) W 2-1

Dundee United (A) W 3-0
Dunfermline (A) W 2-1
Falkirk (H) W 0-1
Brechin City (A) D 1-1
St Mirren (H) D 1-1
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) W 1-0

League Form

League Position: 4th
League Points: 33
League Record: P22 W9 D6 L7 GF38 GA26
Goal Difference: +12
Last Six League Match Form: LWWWDL

League Position: 6th
League Points: 31
League Record: P21 W8 D7 L6 GF30 GA21
Goal Difference: +9
Last Six League Match Form: LWDDLW

lat time out

DUNFERMLINE (v St Mirren):
Lee Robinson: Ryan Williamson, Callum Morris (c), Jean Yves M`Voto, Jason Talbot: Kallum Higginbotham (Andy Ryan 71), Nat Wedderburn, Dean Shiels (James Craigen 42), Michael Paton (Fraser Aird 63): Nicky Clark, Declan McManus.
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis Martin, Lee Ashcroft, Callum Smith, Cammy Gill (GK)

MORTON (v Dundee United): Derek Gaston: Michael Doyle, Thomas O`Ware (c), Luca Gasparotto, Jack Iredale: Michael Tidser, Gary Harkins, Andy Murdoch, Frank Ross (Mark Russell 73): Scott Tiffoney (Bob McHugh 87) Gary Oliver (Lewis Strapp 89).
SUBS NOT USED: Jai Quitongo, Ruaridh Langan, Ricki Lamie, Conor Brennan (GK)

Referee will be Gavin Duncan.

Other Championship Fixtures
Dumbarton v Brechin City
Falkirk v Livingston
Inverness Caley Thistle v Dundee United
St Mirren v Queen of the South

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