ATHLETIC'S rearranged home match with fellow play-off hopefuls Dundee is to be broadcast live on BBC Scotland.

The teams, who have already met twice at Dens Park, will come together at East End on Tuesday April 13 in a game that has been rescheduled twice.

It was originally due to be played on February 13, only for heavy snowfall to cause its cancellation, before a COVID-19 transmission at the club put paid to its subsequent rearranged date of March 9.

Dunfermline lost a two-goal lead to fall to defeat against the Dees at Dens Park on Saturday, before suffering a heavy 5-1 loss to Raith Rovers on Tuesday night.

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Despite Kevin O'Hara (pictured) and Craig Wighton giving Dunfermline a 2-0 lead, they were beaten at Dundee on Saturday. Photos courtesy of Craig Brown.

Ahead of Saturday's home clash with leaders Hearts, the Pars have six matches to go, with the visit of the Dark Blues taking place after an away clash with Ayr United.

Kick-off for the Dundee match has been moved to 6pm.

Meanwhile, Pars head coach, Stevie Crawford, admitted that Tuesday's reverse in the Fife derby was his "lowest point" in his reign.

The defeat Stark's Park was Athletic's worst against Raith since a 6-0 beating in 1983, and saw them drop out of the promotion play-off places for the first time this season.

They're now fifth, with Inverness Caledonian Thistle now above them on goal difference, and are in a real battle to secure a top four berth.

After the match, he said: "It's difficult. I'm hurting. It's my lowest point, personally, since coming into the job.

"We came into the game and had a similar gameplan to the last time. That doesn't guarantee that anything's going to work, but it was probably one of our better performances of the season at East End when we won 4-1, and tonight I felt it didn't work quite early on in the game.

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"We tried to change a few things in the first half and Raith Rovers took advantage of that. Second half was a case of matching up the diamond in the middle of the park, and it's a really sore one to take, coming up against your rivals and losing in the manner that we did in the end.

"We were aggressive in terms of wanting to go man for man up against them and, when it didn't work, collectively, we didn't deal with a situation. In the second half, we addressed that; we went to a flat back four, matched up the four diamond still giving us the threat of two up front, and it still wasn't good enough in the second half.

"It's a sore one to take. The players know that, and as a coaching staff, and I've held up my hand and taken responsibility for it because it's not a nice night, as the manager of Dunfermline Football Club to be on the backend of a 5-1 defeat against Raith Rovers.

"We know it's not good enough. Our objective at the start of the season was to make the play-offs and we got off to a really, really good start. Where we find ourselves at the moment, it's still in our own hands to get into the play-offs, but we need to perform better than we did tonight.

"Dundee was a sore one; there was a 10, 15 minute spell where I felt we looked vulnerable at set plays, where we've been strong all season, but tonight was different. To lose five goals in the manner that we did, we have to address that.

"We have to get back to basics. Our destiny's still in our hands and we can still make the play-offs."

He added: "I don't think it's just looking at the Hearts game.

"I think we'll prepare for the Hearts game as we did earlier in the season for the home fixture and the away fixture at Tynecastle. It's our next game, it's our most important game, but it doesn't make a difference whether it's Hearts or the remaining five games we've got after that.

"It's going to have to be better at the weekend, and we're going to have to find a way of starting to win games of football again.

"We treat every game in the same manner. If you beat Hearts you get three points, if you beat Queen of the South you get three points, if you beat Alloa it's three points. Tonight, there was three points at stake, and we've not come away with anything. It's not saying that a result against Hearts is the be all and end all, the six games are important to us.

"It just so happens that Hearts are the next game that we're going to have to get a reaction to go out and try and give ourselves the best chance of getting into the play-offs now.

"We've still got it in our own hands - it's not like we're having to rely on other teams at the moment. We've got six games that now become huge, massive games for us, and we'll have to take each one of them and start winning games of football to try and get in the play-off places and make sure that we finish as high as possible in the league as we can."

Rovers boss, John McGlynn, admitted he was in "wonderland" after his side's five-star showing, and added: "The performance was fantastic; I thought it was of a very, very high standard.

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"I thought that the football that we played was magnificent and, tonight, we managed to click in front of goals. We've been playing well, but not getting goals, and tonight everything really clicked for us.

"It was an outstanding performance. We've played some good football all season - early in the season, we were scoring goals, more recently they've dried up - but tonight, as I say and I'm repeating myself, things just clicked.

"Every single player performed to an outstanding level, possibly above Championship level. It was an incredible performance from where I was standing.

"I think it will be remembered for a long, long time. Who knows? It might be another 38 years before you win by that kind of margin again. It's a little bit of payback; we got beat 4-1 at East End Park not so long ago, so I think it was a little bit of payback for that as well.

"It's great for everyone Raith Rovers minded and connected to Raith Rovers that we've managed to pull in a performance and get a scoreline like that against our local rivals."

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