Scottish Championship
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Dunfermline 2-0 Arbroath: Nisbet brace gives hosts victory

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at East End Park

A brace from striker Kevin Nisbet earned Dunfermline a hard-fought win against a stuffy Arbroath side to move to sixth in the Scottish Championship.

Nisbet, last season's top scorer in League One, smashed in Andy Ryan's cross just before the hour at East End Park, then tapped home to secure the points 12 minutes from the end.

Stevie Crawford's side have now lost just once in their last six matches.

But despite defeat, Arbroath remain one point above their opponents in fifth.

Arbroath manager Dick Campbell: "I thought Dunfermline were probably as nervous a team as we've played this year. I just thought we were that poor, I thought we left the overalls in the hoose.

"I'll take the blame for the performance and the team selection but I'll not get it wrong this week, I can assure you. We didn't do enough to get something from the game."

Line-ups

Dunfermline

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Scully
  • 2Comrie
  • 6AshcroftBooked at 22mins
  • 4Martin
  • 24Edwards
  • 11DowSubstituted forCochraneat 87'minutes
  • 21Paton
  • 12Turner
  • 38Kiltie
  • 10RyanSubstituted forBeadlingat 75'minutes
  • 15NisbetSubstituted forMcGillat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Beadling
  • 9McGill
  • 14Devine
  • 20Gill
  • 22Coley
  • 23Cochrane
  • 39Fenton

Arbroath

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 21Gaston
  • 2ThomsonBooked at 74minsSubstituted forStirlingat 77'minutes
  • 4Little
  • 5O'BrienBooked at 22mins
  • 3Hamilton
  • 8McKennaBooked at 84mins
  • 20Campbell
  • 22VirtanenBooked at 33minsSubstituted forDorisat 66'minutes
  • 11Linn
  • 18Murphy
  • 15DonnellySubstituted forSpenceat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Jamieson
  • 6Whatley
  • 7Gold
  • 9Doris
  • 12Kader
  • 14Spence
  • 19Stirling
Referee:
John McKendrick
Attendance:
3,488

Match Stats

Home TeamDunfermlineAway TeamArbroath
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away2
Shots on Target
Home7
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home4
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 2, Arbroath 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 2, Arbroath 0.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Gabriel McGill replaces Kevin Nisbet.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kyle Turner (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kyle Turner (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kevin Nisbet (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Harry Cochrane replaces Ryan Dow.

  8. Post update

    Kyle Turner (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by James Murphy (Arbroath).

  10. Booking

    Michael McKenna (Arbroath) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Ryan Dow (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Michael McKenna (Arbroath).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by James Murphy.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Aaron Comrie.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Ryan Scully.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Lee Ashcroft (Dunfermline Athletic).

  17. Post update

    Greig Spence (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kevin Nisbet (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 2, Arbroath 0. Kevin Nisbet (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paul Paton.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Arbroath. Ben Stirling replaces Jason Thomson because of an injury.