Super impact from sub Craig Wighton

In Tuesday night’s league match against Arbroath, Craig Wighton, Dunfermline Athletic’s striker, emerged as the super sub, making a significant impact by scoring two crucial goals in the 3-0 victory that propelled his team into the top four in the league. Post-match, Craig shared his thoughts on his performance and the team’s overall resilience.

“I could’ve had a few more, frustrated with that, but good to get a couple of goals and finish the game off.” Craig expressed satisfaction with his contribution but remained hungry for more success. His predatory instincts in the box were evident, especially in his goals. Reflecting on his successes, he said, “I just gambled, especially the first one. The keeper’s made a mistake and I’ve been able to punish it, so I’m delighted with that.”

The victory against Arbroath served as a redemption after a disappointing performance in the previous home match against Raith Rovers. The 26 year old striker acknowledged the team’s Scottish Cup exit, saying, “It was obviously disappointing. I think the previous games against them we’ve been unlucky, but from start to finish on Friday, they were the better team which is tough to take. It was important we bounced back, we’ve done that, and we go into Saturday with a bit more confidence now.”

Looking ahead, Craig emphasised the need to build momentum, acknowledging the team’s struggle to follow up good results. “We seem to have a good result this year and we’ve not quite been able to back it up, so Saturday’s massive if we can go and do that.

“It’s a big game, they are a good side. They play some good stuff, Queen’s Park, so it’ll be tough, and when the league’s that tight. I think they probably deserve a few more points for the way they play. We know it’ll be tough and we need to be ready for that.”

The conversation also turned towards unfortunate injuries to two key players – Sam Fisher and Kane Ritchie-Hosler. Craig expressed the team’s concerns especially for Kane who has played in only five competitive matches this season:-

“He’s such a big player for us, and we saw the impact he had last year, so we’re gutted with that, but it’s a chance for someone else to come in and hopefully kick-on.”

“It’s a very close group so we’ll be there for him, whatever he needs. I’m gutted for him because he looked good, he’s looked sharp in training, but these things happen in football. He’ll be back, he’s too good a player to let things like that bother him. He’ll be back better than ever.”

Craig also touched upon the challenges Kane faced with injuries, hoping this would be the last setback. “Hopefully, this will be his last one, and he can help us towards the end of the season.”

On a personal level, the Pars striker expressed his hope that his impactful performance would earn him a spot in the starting line up for this Saturday’s match at home to Queen’s Park. He has made 17 appearances this season, 12 as starts and he added:-

“I’ve not played as much as I want to, but there’s other boys that are in the same position. Everyone wants to be playing, so I just need to bide my time. I can’t do much more, and I just need to keep working hard in training and hopefully get myself back in.”

Despite changes to personnel and injury disruptions, the player who has made 92 appearances since joining Dunfermline in 2021, found encouragement in his team’s ability to secure a good win over Arbroath. “When you look at the bench, it was strong. We’ve got a good core group there, and hopefully there’s no more injuries, because we’ve had a lot this year, especially compared to last.”

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