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We head to Arbroath on Saturday, the scene of Big Dunc's first game in charge of the Caley Jags, where we earned our first win of the season in our seventh Championship game and his tenure at the Caley Jags began with only one point on the board prior to this game. We now sit on twenty-five points, but still perilously close to the relegation zone, unable to put a consistent run together to climb the table like others have done (Morton the prime example). Max Anderson is suspened and something like five definite outs and another five struggling with knocks. 🚑 Nothing new there then! 


Match/Ticket/Travel info

:redcard: Max Anderson :redcard:


Venue Pld Won Drn Lst For Agst + / -
Home 25 17 4 4 60 21 +39
Away 24 11 6 7 35 29 +6
Neutral 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 49 28 10 11 95 50 +45

We have always generally had the edge over Arbroath but have found them to be more resilient of late, losing at home last time we met.

Last 10 Competitive Meetings
1 - 2
3 - 2
2 - 4
2 - 0
4 - 1
1 - 1
0 - 0
0 - 0
0 - 0
3 - 0

Looking Down:  1 - 2  For cod's sake! Inverness slumped to an embarrassing defeat as Arbroath stunned Ferguson's flops at the Caledonian Stadium. Arbroath with big players out and only three outfield players on the bench proved too good for an overrated Inverness bunch of haddies who were easily beaten by the Smokies.
With both sides losing in midweek, this game took on more significance for Big Dunc's side and Jim McIntyre was also looking to get away from the bottom of the table after he replaced Dick Campbell. David Wotherspoon was fit enough to start and good to see Keith Bray return to the squad alongside Robbie Thompson. Arbroath came North with only four on the bench with Michael McKenna and Ricky Little still out injured and O'Brien suspended. As it turned out we are now looking down the table instead of up after back to back defeats to the two teams who were below us only four days ago as Arbroath won 2-1. That was new manager Jim McIntyre's first win and it moves Arbroath off the bottom of the table. one point behind Inverness. All the goals came in the first half from Jay Bird, Billy Mckay and two minutes later David Gold. Looks like a few will be going cheap in the January sales.


Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts
Partick Thistle v Dunfermline: Friday Night TV game (mon the Harry Wraggs)
1. Dundee Utd 23 14 6 3 46 13 48
2. Raith Rovers 23 14 5 4 42 32 47
3. Partick Thistle 23 10 8 5 46 37 38
4. Morton 23 9 6 8 32 27 33
5. Ayr United 24 8 5 11 33 43 29
6. Airdrieonians 22 8 4 10 22 27 28
7. Queens Park 24 7 6 11 31 41 27
8. Inverness CT 24 6 7 11 29 31 25
9. Dunfermline 23 6 7 10 25 33 25
10. Arbroath 23 5 4 14 24 46 19


  Arbroath v Inverness CT

Ayr United v Raith Rovers

Dundee Utd v Queen's Park 

Morton v Airdrie   

Latest Team News

We threw away a two goal lead last week against Partick Thistle and ended up hanging on by a thread as Partick pushed for a late winner. Highly entertaining stuff, but disappointing to only take a point after going two ahead through Kerr and Savage. Pegged back by Fitzpatrick and a Graham penalty, Shaw then restored our lead only for Graham to volley in the equaliser with five minutes left. Frantic ending to the game, but we kept our point. Both sides feel they should have won and defences are being questioned about giving away cheap goals. At least we scored a couple in the Home end, so that's a small crumb of comfort. However, every point is a prisoner now with only twelve games left to preserve our status and we can not afford to give away preventable goals.

Inverness failed to get Max Anderson's red card rescinded and he misses the next two games. His direct replacement Roddy MacGregor has a foot injury. We have five definite crocks and five doubtful crocks, so it's back to making your own selection for this game. Here's Dunc to explain all...

It's someting like this plus the usual mirrors, smoke screens and cloak & daggers.

OUT: (Anderson, MacGregor, Lodovica, Nicolson, Mullen, Duffy)

Maybe Out: (Alex Samuel, Austin Samuels, Boyes, Shaw)

We've got injuries, haven't we>>>



Jim McIntyre's Arbroath had a battling 1-1 draw at East End Park last week after going behind in the 18th minute through Walcott. An early second half header from Tam O'Brien levelled the game and that's how it ended.

Line-up v Pars last week
Gold   O'Brien   Teale   Hamilton (Walker 90+4)
Dow   Norey (Murray 45)   Slater   Stowe (Mackinnon 45, Bird 90+7)
McIntosh (Robinson 45)
Subs Not Used:  Gaston; Lyon, Dunnwald-Turan


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I suspect McAllister will drop back into midfield in place of Anderson and Doran will be in the no 10 role.

With Chilokoa-Mullen out, Devine is the logical starter.

If Shaw misses out too, and I assume Longstaff is still missing, possibly a start for Pepple or Brooks?

I hope Samuel makes it as he and Mckay is a potentially potent partnership.

It could be the smallest bench we’ve had in a long time!

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Watch premiership in Dingwall when ict away.

ref gives goal var changes to offside/foul etc

ref gives offside/ foul etc var changes to goal

ref gives yellow var changes to red

ref gives red var changes to yellow

scottish refs are being found out every week around the country by var and bbc to on a Friday night and are not held to account.

Wonder how Dunfermline 3 points tonight may affect us at end of season.



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Watched the Plastic game last night. Talk about being robbed...goodness me. Official were very very poor. Result didn't do us any favours but credit to Pars for taking advantage of their good fortune. If ever we had a must win game...this is it.

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Rather than complain about the officials, we need to learn lessons from last night.  The 2nd disallowed goal was obviously a shocker, but the 1st was marginal (if it actually was off), while the officials did well to allow the Pars' goal which was actually onside although at first glance it looked well off.  A lesson here is that you play to the whistle. The Partick defender looked like an absolute plonker standing there with his arm raised when he should have been putting pressure on Todd who was give plenty of time to sweetly chip the ball over the keeper.  Partick may not have had the rub of the green last night, but they weren't robbed.  In the 2nd half, Dunfermline were much the better side and deserved to win.

Dunfermline have under-performed this season but it looks as though they might be coming into a bit of form.  On that performance, we will do well to take anything out of the game on Tuesday.  It puts even more pressure on us to get a win today and, of course, it makes it even more important for Arbroath to do the same.  There is no easy game in this league and we need 100% commitment till the final whistle in every game.  What with all the off field distractions it is more important than ever that the fans get behind the team, especially when things are not going well in the game.

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1 hour ago, DoofersDad said: Partick may not have had the rub of the green last night, but they weren't robbed.  In the 2nd half, Dunfermline were much the better side and deserved to win.

Partick may not have had the rub of the green last night, but they weren’t robbed.

If we lost a game because we had a perfectly good goal ruled out by incompetent officials that would have us 2 up. Then another ruled out by more incompetence I would say we were robbed.

GOALS change games. 

3 views from last night.

Incredible drama with no VAR to clear it up!

Partick Thistle 1-2 Dunfermline


Martin Dowden

BBC Sport Scotland at Firhill Stadium

That's two 'goals' Thistle will feel hugely aggrieved by. 

Quite why that was given and then overturned has absolutely baffled this crowd.

Confusion all around.

'Another wrong decision'

Partick Thistle 1-2 Dunfermline Athletic


Michael Stewart

Former Scotland international on BBC Scotland

That is two goals Partick Thistle have had chalked off when they really shouldn't have.

They should be winning this game.

Partick Thistle manager Kris Doolan: "We don't want to hide behind decisions, and they were very bad, and the game swings on decisions at times. If we get the first one, you are 2-0 up essentially.




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