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Fisher enjoying football in Fife

Friday, 23rd Dec 2022

SF - “I`m just taking it game by game here, enjoying my football and getting as many games under my belt as possible, since I missed so many last season.

Having been given the opportunity to play games Sam Fisher has relished and loved every minute playing for Dunfermline Athletic. Speaking ahead of what he hopes to be his 15th Pars appearance against Kelty Hearts on Saturday, Sam said he just wishes that can continue:-

"Personally it`s been really good. I had to wait a wee bit when I first came in because the boys were doing so well, keeping clean sheets and winning games. So I knew I had to bide my time but when the manager put his trust in me and gave me the opportunity to play:-

“I just try to play as well as I can if I get chosen to play. Even if I don`t then I`ll still cheer on the boys, I`ll still give Bene, Breeny, all the boys encouragement - because if we want to do well in this league then it needs to be a big squad effort. We`ve got a really good squad here.“

Sam, who is on loan from Dundee, watched the first match at Kelty from the subs bench but has started the last 12 Dunfermline matches including when the teams met at East End Park in October. He felt both were really tight games:-

“We know what they`re like and they`re on a really good run of form just now. Just because Kelty came up from League Two people might not expect them to do so well but I played against them last year twice while on loan and they were very good. So I`m not surprised that they`re doing well again this year. It`ll be a difficult game on Saturday but it`ll be one we look forward to.”

Sam worked under James McPake when he was at Dundee and he continued:-

“I enjoyed working under him as gaffer, I enjoyed working with Dave Mackay as well. They`ve got Monty alongside them and Martin Harty as well, who I also worked with at Dundee. I`m loving it. They know how I work, they helped me before at Dundee and they`re helping me again here. I`m getting more games, at a good level as well. League One is a really good league and you can see the teams that are in it. There’s full-time teams but even the part-time teams are holding their own in this league. It`s a really competitive league."

With the League One match away to Airdrieonians a victim of last weekend’s cold snap, it was Championship opponents that Dunfermline faced in their last game. Sam claimed that they expected it was going to be a difficult game, going up there on a cold Friday night to play a club that narrowly failed to gain promotion to the Premiership last season:-

“You look at Arbroath last season, they were absolutely flying. They won`t be happy with their current place in the Championship table but all their games are all really tight. So the fact we managed to score five, yeah we`re disappointed we conceded one, but I think the manner that we played is probably the best that we have played. I felt it was just total domination.

“We were disappointed the game got cancelled last weekend because you want a game straight after just to carry it on. We`ve managed to do a bit more work on the training ground and we are looking forward to this Saturday coming."

The 21 year old came to Dunfermline with just one thing in mind:-

“I had to go to a place where I felt I would play because I`m at that age now where I need to be playing week in, week out. I`m in the last year of my contract at Dundee but I`m not even thinking about it just now, to be honest. I`m just taking it game by game here, enjoying my football and getting as many games under my belt as possible, since I missed so many last season. I think I`ve had an okay return so far, I just need to keep that going."

The 88th minute goal that won the match against FC Edinburgh earlier this season came from a Sam Fisher cross but was recorded as an own goal with Liam Fontaine getting the unwanted honour. Sam is not unduly worried about his name not being on a Dunfermline scoresheet so far but he would have liked that match winner:-

"I think everyone knows that one wasn`t going in but I tried to claim it. I think the gaffer gave me it, so I`ll take it. I just tried to put that ball into an area, to be honest, because I saw Lewis McCann and Wighty (Craig Wighton) were in there. So I just tried to put it into an area and luckily it hit off the defender and went in. I`m not too bothered if I managed to score.

“Really I should have scored four or five goals this season, I`ve missed quite a few chances. Some cleared off the line, some poor attempts from me, headers and all that. I`d rather a clean sheet than me scoring. We`ve got boys up top that can do a lot more damage than me in front of goal. In fact, they`re doing that now - you`ve got Wighty banging in the goals, Todorov always creating and always putting in a goal himself and then you`ve always got McCann who is coming back.

“So we`ve got a lot of firepower up top that will hurt teams and you`ve got the midfielders in behind the strikers - Chris Mochrie, Matty Todd, they can cause a lot of teams damage as well. I`ll try to keep the back door shut and they can do the scoring!"

Watch Sam Fisher’s interview with Jordan Burt for PARStv

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