Four things we learned about: Dundee United v Dunfermline Athletic

1) The Pars now have a back four that the fans can be confident in

Jason Talbot, Lewis Martin, Lee Ashcroft, and Andy Geggan. This is a side that did not concede for 169 minutes which is the best run the Fifers have had this season. Ashcroft is unorthodox at the best of times, but he does make a good stopper and provides a good foil for Martin who covers for him. Geggan can find Farid El Alagui with a diagonal pass and does not look as naive defending as Ryan Williamson does. Talbot is just Mr dependable, and on this team that is a rare blessing.

2) Indiscipline is starting to sneak into the side

That is three red cards in 15 games after a run of 59 matches without a sending off. Two of them have been for reckless tackles and as it goes for any side, playing with a man less than the opposition is not a recipe for success. At present, Nat Wedderburn is the most important member of the squad. When he is in the team Dunfermline look difficult to beat, without him they look desperately weak, and getting sent off for needless challenges does not help the cause.

3) With the creative wingers Dunfermline should be forging more opportunities

Joe Cardle and Kallum Higginbotham have one assist apiece in the league. The former was anonymous tonight, and the latter was charging around like a man possessed. El Alagui and Nicky Clark can find the net often at this level. However, they need the service. Too many times this season, the side have failed to get more than five shots off in 90 minutes. The creativity only comes from the flanks. So, these two men have to step up and help the centre forwards get into the game.

4) The team is still playing for the manager and each other

After being reduced to 10 men with over 50 minutes to go they could have let their heads go down and let Dundee United run roughshod over them. However, they stayed resolute limited the Tangerines to only a few decent chances and run their socks off for the cause. A team in the mire is regularly accused of not caring. Yet, that was not the case tonight. This is a side that can go toe-to-toe with the better teams in this division, and on their day can definitely take points at Easter Road, Falkirk Stadium, and Tannadice.


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