Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 2, Arbroath 0.
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."
- 6AshcroftBooked at 22mins
- 11DowSubstituted forCochraneat 87'minutes
- 10RyanSubstituted forBeadlingat 75'minutes
- 15NisbetSubstituted forMcGillat 90+3'minutes
- 2ThomsonBooked at 74minsSubstituted forStirlingat 77'minutes
- 5O'BrienBooked at 22mins
- 8McKennaBooked at 84mins
- 22VirtanenBooked at 33minsSubstituted forDorisat 66'minutes
- 15DonnellySubstituted forSpenceat 65'minutes
- John McKendrick
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 2, Arbroath 0.
Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Gabriel McGill replaces Kevin Nisbet.
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.
Attempt saved. Kyle Turner (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Kevin Nisbet (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Harry Cochrane replaces Ryan Dow.
Kyle Turner (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by James Murphy (Arbroath).
Michael McKenna (Arbroath) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Ryan Dow (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Michael McKenna (Arbroath).
Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by James Murphy.
Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Aaron Comrie.
Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Ryan Scully.
Foul by Lee Ashcroft (Dunfermline Athletic).
Greig Spence (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Kevin Nisbet (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
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.
Substitution, Arbroath. Ben Stirling replaces Jason Thomson because of an injury.