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Scottish Championship: Dunfermline Athletic 0-0 Raith Rovers

Dunfermline Athletic manager Allan Johnston
Dunfermline Athletic manager Allan Johnston believes results will come

Dunfermline Athletic kept only their second clean sheet in the league this season as they drew with Fife rivals Raith Rovers at East End Park.

But the Pars still slumped to second bottom place in the Championship.

Allan Johnston's side have only managed two wins so far, against St Mirren and Dumbarton, which explains the position.

But they really should have taken full points from a fiercely contested Fife derby as they were the more impressive side going forward.

They certainly created the better of the few chances in a frantic first half lacking in composed football, but Farid El Alagui squandered the best of them in 39 minutes.

Joe Cardle danced clear of two challenges in a central area before sliding a pass that left the former Hibs striker with only Kevin Cuthbert to beat, but the Rovers goalkeeper blocked the parting shot.

Prior to that, strike partner Nicky Clark sliced a shot wide from the edge of the penalty area and, just before the interval, Cardle fired a drive past from 20 yards against a side lacking cohesion from middle to front.

In fact it took a spectacular diving headed clearance by Iain Davidson from underneath his own crossbar to prevent Kallum Higginbotham's driven cross from finding the net in 56 minutes.

It took an hour for the Kirkcaldy side to create a decent chance of their own after Mark Stewart broke clear on the right, but Ross Callachan was unable to convert the pullback from six yards.

The Rovers midfielder shot wide of the goal with 15 minutes left after goalkeeper Sean Murdoch made a mistake when coming off his line in an attempt to clear.

Overall, it was a typical derby clash and Rovers manager Gary Locke will be happy with the determination and commitment his players showed, especially the well-organised defence.

He will be concerned about the lack of quality link-up play from middle to front, while his Dunfermline counterpart will feel that, if they can strike the right balance between attack and defence, things can turn for them.

Dunfermline Athletic manager Allan Johnston: "It was the same at Dumbarton last week as we probably deserved the win but came away with just a point.

"The positive thing is we defended a lot better and looked solid, but you have to give Raith Rovers credit for the way they defended.

"Especially when Iain Davidson cleared from under his own bar in the second half as I don't know how he got that out.

"You can see the quality we have got in some of our play and if we keep producing that then we will get more wins."

Raith Rovers manager Gary Locke: "It was 100 miles an hour at times and the first half in particular was hectic. We created chances in the second half.

"Over the piece, a draw is a fair result and Iain Davidson shows what the boys are all about as he's not a right back, but he's been outstanding there for the team.

"Kevin McHattie also showed the character we are looking for as he got injured in the first half, but for us to be successful we need boys to put their bodies on the line and he did.

"He got a deadleg early in the match, but he carried on for the full 90 minutes showing real determination, which is what we need."

Line-ups

Dunfermline

  • 1Murdoch
  • 6Geggan
  • 12Ashcroft
  • 4Martin
  • 3Talbot
  • 20Higginbotham
  • 21Herron
  • 8Wedderburn
  • 11Cardle
  • 37Clark
  • 48El Alagui

Substitutes

  • 2Williamson
  • 5Fordyce
  • 7Paton
  • 9Moffat
  • 16McCabe
  • 18McMullan
  • 43Hutton

Raith Rovers

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 14Davidson
  • 5Mvoto
  • 6Benedictus
  • 3McHattie
  • 12Matthews
  • 4Callachan
  • 21Thompson
  • 7JohnstonSubstituted forRobertsat 77'minutes
  • 9StewartSubstituted forSkacelat 88'minutes
  • 20McManusBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 10Vaughan
  • 16Coustrain
  • 17Lennox
  • 18Roberts
  • 19Skacel
  • 23Brennan
  • 24Crawford
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
5,649

Match Stats

Home TeamDunfermlineAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 0, Raith Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 0, Raith Rovers 0.

Nicky Clark (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Rudi Skacel (Raith Rovers).

(Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Declan McManus (Raith Rovers).

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Jason Talbot.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Rudi Skacel replaces Mark Stewart.

Booking

Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Declan McManus (Raith Rovers).

Lee Ashcroft (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Declan McManus (Raith Rovers).

John Herron (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Stewart (Raith Rovers).

Attempt missed. Farid El Alagui (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Lewis Martin.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Scott Roberts replaces Chris Johnston.

Attempt saved. Chris Johnston (Raith Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Joe Cardle (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Nicky Clark (Dunfermline Athletic).

Kevin McHattie (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Joe Cardle (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Johnston (Raith Rovers).

Kallum Higginbotham (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Thompson (Raith Rovers).

Attempt missed. Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt saved. Nicky Clark (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Jean-Yves Mvoto.

Attempt blocked. John Herron (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Nicky Clark (Dunfermline Athletic).

Kyle Benedictus (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Joe Cardle (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Declan McManus (Raith Rovers).

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Iain Davidson.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Jean-Yves Mvoto.

John Herron (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Thompson (Raith Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian128312161527
2Dundee Utd1273222121024
3Raith Rovers126331813521
4Morton125431915419
5Falkirk125341614218
6Queen of Sth125341515018
7Ayr124261119-814
8Dumbarton122461218-610
9Dunfermline122371523-89
10St Mirren120481024-144
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