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Dundee 3-2 Dunfermline Athletic: Home side third in Championship after fighting back

Jason Cummings (left) wheels away after scoring for Dundee
Jason Cummings (left) wheels away after scoring for Dundee

Dundee fought back from two goals down to beat Dunfermline and move up to third in the Scottish Championship.

Kevin O'Hara and Craig Wighton both scored in the opening six minutes as Dunfermline raced into an early lead.

Jason Cummings headed one back before half-time after Osman Sow was twice denied.

And in a two-minute spell in the second half, Danny Mullen and Lee Ashcroft both scored to complete a a stunning fight back for the home side.

It moves Dundee level on points with second-place Raith Rovers, and 13 points behind leaders Hearts with a game in hand.

Dunfermline drop down to fourth, although have played a game less than the two sides above them who they trial by three points.

The visitors looked in total control early on as they raced into a 2-0 lead.

Wighton was instrumental in Dunfermline's fast start to the match, setting up the opening goal before quickly doubling the lead.

His pass put O'Hara through to score, and the on-loan Hearts forward then converted Fraser Murray's pass with a wonderful sublime lob three minutes later for his fourth goal since joining the Pars last month.

Dundee recovered and Cummings' header halved their deficit before the break.

Mullen equalised from a Paul McGowan corner, and two minutes later Ashcroft headed the hosts in front.

The turnaround was complete but Dundee went looking for more goals and Dominic Thomas, Ashcroft and Mullen all went close to scoring a fourth goal, before Owain Fon Williams denied Cummings late on.

Dundee striker Jason Cummings: "I hadn't touched the ball and we were 2-0 down. It shows the character of the boys, it was a big game for us tonight.

"We've got players here capable of getting promotion. We're confident. You look at the players we've got, we've got a lot who have played at a higher level. We've just got to believe."

Dundee manager James McPake: "Take away the first five minutes and for 85 minutes I was delighted with the players. The character they showed to get themselves back into the game and then go on to win it.

"It was really important tonight we got the victory and we found a way."

Line-ups

Dundee

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Legzdins
  • 16Elliott
  • 14Ashcroft
  • 4Fontaine
  • 23MarshallBooked at 79mins
  • 18McMullan
  • 24AndersonBooked at 83minsSubstituted forByrneat 86'minutes
  • 10McGowan
  • 11McDaid
  • 21SowSubstituted forMullenat 39'minutes
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forAfolabiat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kerr
  • 8Byrne
  • 9Mullen
  • 12Ferrie
  • 17Afolabi
  • 25Cameron
  • 29Fisher

Dunfermline

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fon Williams
  • 2Comrie
  • 44WatsonSubstituted forHendersonat 66'minutes
  • 5Murray
  • 3Edwards
  • 22Mayo
  • 15Wilson
  • 7O'HaraSubstituted forMcManusat 70'minutes
  • 21Murray
  • 23ThomasSubstituted forBanksat 70'minutes
  • 9Wighton

Substitutes

  • 6MacDonald
  • 8Henderson
  • 10McManus
  • 14McCann
  • 20Gill
  • 24McInroy
  • 25Banks
Referee:
Bobby Madden

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamDunfermline
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home21
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee 3, Dunfermline Athletic 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee 3, Dunfermline Athletic 2.

  3. Post update

    Paul McMullan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Scott Banks (Dunfermline Athletic).

  5. Post update

    Jordan Marshall (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Fraser Murray (Dunfermline Athletic).

  7. Post update

    Liam Fontaine (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Iain Wilson (Dunfermline Athletic).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee. Jonathan Afolabi replaces Jason Cummings.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Scott Banks (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee. Shaun Byrne replaces Max Anderson.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Adam Legzdins.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Scott Banks (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Adam Legzdins.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Scott Banks (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

  16. Booking

    Max Anderson (Dundee) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Max Anderson (Dundee).

  18. Post update

    Scott Banks (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Booking

    Jordan Marshall (Dundee) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Liam Fontaine (Dundee).

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