City slickers down the Pars
Published 2 Aug 2012 09:30 0 Comments
Dunfermline 0 Bristol City 2
JIM Jefferies insisted his team are not First Division title favourites as his experimental side were beaten by their Championship visitors.
The Pars boss is still trying to bring players in and find his best team ahead of the league kick-off next Saturday and was left with plenty to think about against Bristol City.
Ian Murray will come into his thinking after climbing off the bench and slotting in at centre back while new left back Stephen Jordan may well have made the position his own.
Paul Willis, Chris Kane and Paul Burns were given run-outs from the start while Jordan McMillan was pushed into midfield and Alex Whittle patrolled the wing.
Derek McInnes' Championship side will compete at a much higher level than Pars this season, both in terms of the quality of the league and the players they can afford, and it took 11 minutes for the breakthrough.
Jon Stead cushioned a pass into the path of Brett Pitman who thumped the ball past Paul Gallacher.
Burns tried his luck from distance but City keeper Dean Gerken wasn't overly troubled and Bristol were quickly swarming round the home goal again.
Stead missed the target with a low shot and headed wide before a clever Pitman back-heel opened the way for Albert Adomah to stroll through and slide the ball past the keeper in the 29th minute.
John Potter tried to haul Pars back into the match with a shot well saved by the City keeper and Whittle sent over a dangerous cross but no-one in a Pars jersey could turn the ball home.
Jefferies rang the changes, Josh Falkingham and Murray impressed after taking the field, and Joe Cardle sent an effort off the crossbar from Whittle's delivery.
Ryan Thomson could have reduced the deficit after clever set-up play from Cardle but the shot was pulled wide.
City played the match out comfortably and, save for an Andy Barrowman effort that flew off target, there was little for the crowd to get excited about before the finish.
Pars will play a closed doors match against Peterhead on Saturday as they prepare for next week's league kick-off at Cowdenbeath.
Gallacher (Hrivnak 75), Geggan (Falkingham 46), Dowie (Trialist 46), Potter, Jordan, Willis (Cardle 64), Burns (Wallace 75), McMillan, Kane (Thomson 46), Whittle (Husband 75), Kirk (Barrowman 64).
Gerken, M Wilson, Bryan, Fontaine, Nyatanga, Skuse, Reid (Morris 73), Edwards, Adomah (Kilkenny 73), Stead (Woolford 73), Pitman.
Subs not used - Heaton, Foster, Cunningham, J Wilson, Pearson, Bolaise, Taylor, Stewart, Anderson.
Goals - Pitman (11), Adomah (29).
Referee Euan Norris