Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Morton

Saturday, 8th Jan 2022

cinch Championship (away) v Morton, Saturday 8th January 2022, 3.00pm kick off at Cappielow Park.

Just when Dunfermline are looking for three points it would seem that a match away in Greenock might not be the best opportunity. Both last season’s visits to Cappielow ended goalless, the first match there last season was also drawn and the Pars have not won in their last nine matches there.

Going into the 20th fixture of the Championship campaign Morton have 14 points and Dunfermline 15. Both sides have only won two league matches this season so it will be tenth v ninth with a target of three points to keep on the heels of Queen of the South and Ayr United.

Milestones v Morton (Away)
Last Victory
25/03/17 | 1-0 | Championship
Last Defeat
11/01/20 | 2-3 | Championship
Best Victory
11/12/99 | 3-0 | Division 1 23/08/88 | 3-0 | Premier League
25/11/67 | 3-0 | Division 1
Worst Defeat
16/02/80 | 0-5 | Scottish Cup
Last Goalless Draw
23/03/21 | 0-0 | Scottish Cup
First Meeting
14/08/26 | 0-3 | Division One

Last time at Cappielow

Morton 2-2 Dunfermline
Sat, 31st Jul 2021

Pars manager Peter Grant made three changes as Deniz Mehmet, Paul Watson and Graham Dorrans started.

The first goal was scored by Morton midway through the first half. Following a ball launched from his own half by Strapp, Ugwu challenged a Graham header back to his keeper and although Watson cleared off the line Willie Collum pointed to the spot. Gary OLIVER stepped up to convert low into the left corner. 1-0

The second half started with the goal that Dunfermline badly needed. In fifth minute of the half Macdonald made ground down the right and crossed a good ball that sat up nicely for Edwards to smash on goal. Jack Hamilton pulled off a great save but could not hold, the ball rebounded off Strapp’s chest and TODOROV snapped up the chance to net. 1-1

Two corners from the right were a prelude to the Pars second. eventually converted. The second corner caused mayhem in the ‘Ton six yard box, and it was O’HARA who crashed the ball home for the 74th minute goal. 1-2

The home side would equalise however with nine minutes remaining. Sub Lewis McGRATTAN’s cross from the right side of the Pars box sneaked into the far side of the goal of the post but with the assistance of a wicked deflection. 2-2

MORTON: Jack Hamilton: Michael Ledger, Darren Hynes (Lewis McGrattan 73), Alan Lithgow, Lewis Strapp: Cameron Blues, Kyle Jacobs (c), Lewis McGregor (Mark Russell 61): Gary Oliver: Robbie Muirhead (Reece Lyon 75), Gozie Ugwu
SUBS NOT USED: Michael Garrity, Alex King, Chris Stafford, Chris Wylie (GK).

DUNFERMLINE: Deniz Mehmet: Aaron Comrie, Paul Watson, Ross Graham: Kyle Macdonald, Graham Dorrans, Dom Thomas (c)(Reece Cole 63), Josh Edwards: Kevin O’Hara, Nikolay Todorov (Dan Pybus 86), Craig Wighton (Kai Kennedy 75)
SUBS NOT USED: Rhys Breen, Vytas Gašpuitis, Paul Allan, Owain Fôn Williams: (GK)

Twelve Matches v Morton

Five of the last twelve matches between the sides have been drawn, three of them with no goals. Four of the twelve were lost and three were Dunfermline wins.

06-11-21 (H) L 1-3 Championship
31-07-21 (A) D 2-2 Championship
23-03-21 (A) D 0-0 Scottish Cup
13-03-21 (H) W 1-0 Championship
15-01-21 (A) D 0-0 Championship
12-12-20 (H) L 1-2 Championship
11-01-20 (A) L 2-3 Championship
07-12-19 (H) W 3-1 Championship
05-10-19 (A) D 1-1 Championship
05-04-19 (H) L 0-1 Championship
26-01-19 (A) D 0-0 Championship
01-12-18 (H) W 3-0 Championship

Recent Form

Morton have drawn three and lost three of their last six games. The Greenock side have won only once at home this season when they defeated Clyde 2-1 in the Premier Sports Cup. Their last win was at East End Park, 3-1 on 6th November and their sole home league win of 2021 was against Queen of the South on 20th March.

Dunfermline have lost three, won one and drawn two of their last six matches. The Pars win at Inverness was their only away league win in 2021 but 2022 did start with a shut out and a point away to Raith.

Last six matches

Raith Rovers (A) D 0-0
Arbroath (H) L 0-3
Queen of the South (H) D 3-3
Hamilton Academical (A) L 0-1
Partick Thistle (A) L 0-1
Ayr United (H) W 3-0

Kilmarnock (H) D 1-1
Arbroath (A) L 1-2
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) L 1-6
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) D 1-1
Ayr United (H) D 2-2
Queen of the South (A) L 1-2

League Record

League Position: 9th
League Points: 15
Goal Difference: -13
League Record: P19 W3 D8 L6 GF18 GA31
Last Six Match Form: WLLDLD

League Position: 10th
League Points: 14
Goal Difference: -14
League Record: P19 W2 D8 L9 GF17 GA21
Last Six Match Form: DLLDDL

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Raith Rovers):
Owain Fôn Williams (c): Aaron Comrie, Mark Connolly, Rhys Breen, Josh Edwards: Dan Pybus, Paul Allan, Ryan Dow, Matthew Todd (Kevin O’Hara 67),: Steven Lawless, Lewis McCann
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis Martin, Kyle Macdonald, Craig Wighton, Nikolay Todorov, Dan Pybus, Deniz Mehmet (GK)

MORTON (v Kilmarnock): Jack Hamilton: Michael Ledger, Brian McLean (Cameron Blues 64), Alan Lithgow (c), Mark Russell (Lewis Strapp 41): Kyle Jacobs (Robbie Muirhead 64), Reece Lyon, Darren Hynes, Gary Oliver, Gavin Reilly, Gozie Ugwu.
SUBS NOT USED: Jaakko Oksanen, Lewis McGrattan, Alex King, Alex Easdale.

Referee will be Kevin Clancy, his first Dunfermline match since the Premier Sports Cup match at East End Park against Stenhousemuir. It will be the whistler’s first visit to Cappielow for four years.

Other Championship Fixtures

Ayr United v Arbroath
Hamilton v Partick Thistle
Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Raith Rovers
Queen of the South v Kilmarnock

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