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Preview Morton

Saturday, 7th Dec 2019

Ladbrokes Championship: (home) Saturday 7th December 2019, kick off 3.00pm at East End Park

Saturday’s home match against Morton provides an opportunity for the Pars to strengthen their grip on their newly acquired fourth place in the Championship. With the home side on a run of good form at East End Park and their opponents having lost all seven of their league matches on the road this one looks like a banker but as every manager says of this league, everyone can beat everyone else.

Dunfermline will also want to make amends for leaving Cappielow in October with just one point after losing an equaliser in the fourth minute of time added at the end of the match.

Milestones v Morton (Home)

Last League Victory: 26/01/19 | 3-0 | Championship
Last League Defeat: 27/04/19 | 0-1 | Championship
Best League Victory: 29/01/66 | 6-0 | Division One*
Worst League Defeat: 28/03/15 | 0-4 | League One
Last Goalless Draw: 17/03/18 | 0-0 | Championship
First League Meeting: 25/12/26: | 1-1 | Division One*
*Pre league reconstruction

This is the 103rd league meeting between these teams and Dunfermline hold the better record 45 wins to Morton’s 31. 26 have been drawn.

The last dozen meetings have resulted in three Pars wins, four defeats and five draws.

Last Twelve Matches v Morton

05-10-19: (A) D 1-1 Championship
05-04-19: (H) L 0-1 Championship
26-01-19: (A) D 0-0 Championship
01-12-18: (H) W 3-0 Championship
22-09-18: (A) D 1-1 Championship
17-03-18: (H) D 0-0 Championship
03-02-18: (A) L 1-2 Championship
20-01-18: (H) L 1-2 Scottish Cup
21-11-17: (H) D 1-1 Championship
09-09-17: (A) L 2-3 Championship
29-04-17: (H) W 3-1 Championship
25-03-17: (A) W 1-0 Championship

Last time at East End Park
Dunfermline 0 Morton 1
Saturday 27 April 2019, Ladbrokes Championship

In this final home match of the season Dunfermline paid for not taking their chances and Morton headed home with all three points after being awarded a late debatable penalty.

The game was all square when Jackson Longridge earned a second yellow card and left his side to fight out the final seventeen minutes with ten men.

A Charlie Telfer corner from the left in 83 minutes led to the penalty that was to secure a victory for Morton. The initial delivery from the left was headed out by Ryan Blair but when Michael Tidser returned the ball an alleged push in the back of Greg Kiltie as he rose to try and head in the cross was deemed enough for referee David Munro to point to the spot. Myles Hippolyte was deemed to be the culprit but he would later claim that it was a poor decision against him. Greg KILTIE stepped forward and drove the ball into the bottom right 0-1.

DUNFERMLINE: Ryan Scully: James Craigen, Mark Durnan, Danny Devine (Kallum Higginbotham 85), Lee Ashcroft (c), Jackson Longridge: Myles Hippolyte, James Vincent, Louis Longridge (Lewis Martin 75), Ryan Blair: Bruce Anderson (Faissal El Bakhtaoui 63).
SUBS NOT USED: Matthew Todd, Stuart Morrison, Callum Smith, Cammy Gill (GK)
YELLOW CARD: J Longridge (54)
RED CARD: J Longridge (73)

MORTON: Robby McCrorie: Lee Kilday, Gregor Buchanan, Reghan Tumility, Jack Iredale: Charlie Telfer, Jim McAlister (c), Michael Tidser, Greg Kiltie, Reece Lyon (Chris Millar 62), Andrew Dallas (Bob McHugh 62).
SUBS NOT USED: Keelan O`Connell, Lewis McGrattan, Dylan Dykes, Darren Hynes, Derek Gaston (GK).

Form Last Six Matches

Dunfermline have won four of their last six matches and all of their last four home games. After a run of two wins in eleven Morton are now unbeaten in their last three games.

Ayr United (A) W 1-0
Partick Thistle (H) W 5-1
Stranraer (A) L 0-1
Alloa Athletic (A) L 1-2
Queen of the South (H) W 2-0
Arbroath (H) W 2-0

Brora Rangers (A) W 3-1
Brora Rangers (H) D 1-1
Arbroath (H) W 1-0
Partick Thistle (A) L 1-2
Dundee (A) L 1-2
Ayr United (H) L 2-3

Current League Stats

League Position: 4th
League Points: 22
Goal Difference: +6
League Record: P16 W6 D4 L5 GF22 GA16
Last Six League Match Form: LWWLWW

League Position: 8th
League Points: 16
Goal Difference: -11
League Record: P14 W5 D1 L8 GF15 GA26
Last Six League Match Form: LWLLLW

Last time out

DUNFERMLINE v Ayr United):
Cammy Gill: Aaron Comrie, Lee Ashcroft (c) (Josh Edwards HT), Danny Devine, Lewis Martin: Ryan Dow, Harry Cochrane, Tom Beadling, Kyle Turner: Greg Kiltie, Kevin Nisbet (Andy Ryan 81).
SUBS NOT USED: Gabby McGill, Joe Thomson, Lewis McCann, Anthony McDonald, Ben Swinton (GK).

MORTON v Brora Rangers: Danny Rogers: Stephen Welsh, Peter Grant, Lewis Strapp, Kyle Jacobs, Jim McAlister, Reece Lyon, Luca Colville, Robbie Muirhead (Cameron Salkeld 86), Bob McHugh (John Sutton 77), Nicky Cadden (Aidan Nesbitt 77)
SUBS NOT USED: Chris Millar, Cameron Blues, Alex Easdale, Sam Ramsbottom (GK).

Referee will be Steven Kirkland.

Other Championship Fixtures
Arbroath v Dundee
Dundee United v Alloa Athletic
Inverness Caley Thistle v Ayr United
Queen of the South v Partick Thistle

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