Sky Blues Lose At Dunfermline

Last updated : 30 July 2009 By Kev Monks at East Ends Park

Konstantopolous,Wright,Grandison (Osbourne 57),Clingan (Jeffers 75),Clarke (Walker 57),McPake (off 86),Cain,Doyle,Eastwood,Morrison (Best 46),Gunnarsson SNU Westwood

Fleming,Ross,Glass (Bell 66), Holmes (Graham 66),Higgins,McGregor, Willis (Gibson 59),Phinn (Burke 66),McDougall,Kirk (Bain 59),Cardle

ATT 1162
Referee J,McKendrick
Goals Andy Kirk (38)
Man Of The Match McPake,Clingan and Best got the votes

Coventry City lost James McPake as they crashed to a 1-0 defeat at Dunfermline.

We'd flown up on the day of the game whilst others had driven or made a few days of it, like the team which was without David Bell and minus Elliott Ward and Marcus Hall who had knee injuries.

After drinking with City old boys Kevin Drinkell, Ian Wallace and Roy Barry, we joined the other 120 City fans in the right hand side of the Main Stand at East Ends Park.

Keiren Westwood got injured in the warm up again and was replaced by Dimi Konstantpolous in a City side which saw a debut for Sammy Clingan.

The midfield quartet which included the Northern Irish international played some good balls early on

Joe Cardle had the first chance afte 70 seconds when he fired at Dimi.

Doyle and Morrison had chances but in the 38th minute of a dreadful opening half, City found themselves a goal down.

A throw in, in front of the City fans fell to Greg Ross, His cross from the right found Andy Kirk who sidefooted home from seven yards.

The City support were incensed as Kirk looked well offside but the referee and his assistant who are sponsored by Specsavers allowed the goal to stand.

Chris Coleman sent on Leon Best for the second half.

He was involved straight away winning a 49th minute free kick. Clingan who looked good with his feet picked out Eastwood but his header went over.

In the 51st minute, Best collected a Cain cross on the edge of the area. He rifled a shot which beat the keeper but it rattled the centre of the cross bar.

Adam Walker and Isaac Osbourne were sent on.

Dunfermline started to gain the upper hand in midfield for the first time in the match.

Wright tried his luck with an over head kick from a corner and in the 75th minute, Clingan fired over before he was replaced by Shaun Jeffers in the 75th minute.

Best headed wide in the 83rd minute but four minutes later, James McPake jumped up and fell to the ground.

A stretchered was called for. McPake was sat up, with what looked like a collarbone problem, as he was carried off before he was taken to hospital.

It ended a bad night for the Sky Blues.