Saturday February 11, 2012 Day 26 Finished East End Park

Dunfermline Athletic 1 - 4 Rangers

  • Kirk 16’
  • Healy 24’
  • McCulloch 39’
  • Aluko 71’
  • Kerkar 85’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Dunfermline Athletic
    • Rangers
    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle! A 4-1 win for Rangers. Pretty convincing victory. Rangers back to within one point of leaders Celtic.
    • 90+2' Cardle fouls Kerkar, and he is booked for that late one.
    • 89' Three minutes to be added to the match.
    • 88' Some really strong challenges flying in before Celik wallops an effort well wide and over.
    • 87' Smith makes a fine save to halt the shot by Davis. That effort was travelling.
    • 86' Rangers could add another one before the break. McGregor out to slam the ball long down the park.
    • 85' Dunfermline seem destined for the drop unless they can tighten up this defence.
    • 84' 74 seconds after arriving on the park, Kerkar scores. Dunfermline have now lost an astonishing 58 goals in 26 games this term.
    • 83' GOAL! Kerkar scores for Rangers. Fine finish after Smith had clawed out the Celik header. Suddenly a 4-1 lead for the visiting side.
    • 82' Kerkar arrives for Rangers to take over from Papac.
    • 81' Keddie is going to be booked for booting the ball away.
    • 80' Looks like Salim Kerkar is set to come on for Rangers as they bid to see out this match.
    • 79' Thomson fouls Davis in the area, and the visiting side have a free-kick.
    • 78' Kirk almost through on goal, but Rangers clear the danger.
    • 77' Rangers fans seem happy enough with their lot today. Dunfermline with the ball at the back.
    • 76' Smtih have to scramble the ball clear after Keddie underhit a passback. Dunfermline punished again today for some poor defending.
    • 75' Dunfemline have lost their two central midfielders in Kerr and Mason. Jim McIntyre trying to rouse his side.
    • 74' Cardle replaces Mason for the home side.
    • 73' Nice piece of play by Celik as he sees a shot fly over the bar from 20 yards out.
    • 72' Ryan Thomson replaces Liam Buchanan for the home team.
    • 71' Mason and Edu collide, and the home midfielder is going to need a spot of treatment here.
    • 70' Rangers scramble the ball off the line! Keddie's header, but Aluko sticks out a foot to keep the ball out. Still 3-1.
    • 69' The goalkeeper beaten in the centre of his goal. Dip on the ball did for him, but Rangers are well worth their 3-1 lead.
    • 68' GOAL! Aluko scores for Rangers. Surely game over now. A 3-1 lead as Smith is beaten from distance.
    • 67' Decent pressure from Rangers before Davis' header is nodded miles over from Wallace's cross.
    • 66' Davis with the corner. Appeals for a handball against Keddie, but Dunfermline hammer it long. The home side living on the edge.
    • 65' Wallace with a long ball from back. Won by Boyle, but Rangers continue to look for openings in the home defence.
    • 64' Celik overcooks the pass to Davis as the balls runs through to Smith.
    • 63' Kerr set to be replaced here by Martin Hardie. On comes Hardie.
    • 62' Aluko on the run for Rangers from the pass by McCullock. Kerr is down again and is limping.
    • 61' Changes coming for Rangers with Broadfoot taking over from Bartley, and Healy being replaced by Celik.
    • 60' Kerr is taken out late by Davis, who is booked for that tackle.
    • 59' Kirk on the run. Hoists a ball to the back post, but McGregor keeps his eye on the ball to collect it with some ease.
    • 58' Keddie caught late by McCulloch, who is going to need some more treatment here.
    • 57' Kirk's free-kick sails a couple of yards over the bar. Wasn't a bad effort, but never on target.
    • 56' Appeals for another handball in the home box, but it seemed to be ball to hand. Dunfermline have a free-kick 25 yards out. Buchanan guilty of fouling Goian.
    • 55' McCulloch takes a tumble under pressure from Rutkiewicz. Appeals for a penalty, but the referee doesn't want to know.
    • 54' McCulloch throwing himself about up front as Edu is taken out of the game in the middle of the park. Free-kick to the visitors.
    • 53' Dunfermline starting this half with a bit more menace. One more goal for Rangers will surely seal it though.
    • 52' Fine strike by Boyle. Really got hold of the shot, but McGregor was down quickly to make the save. Decent passage of play.
    • 51' Aluke with the ball into the midde. Keddie and Bocanegra take a bit of a sore one. A clash of heads.
    • 50' Aluke hammers over a ball. Headed over by Kerr as Rangers win their eighth corner of the match.
    • 49' Aluko takes a sore one racing back as McGregor prepares to take a goalkick for Rangers.
    • 48' Davis dinks a free-kick into the box, but no takers on hand to finish. A goalkick to the home side.
    • 47' McCulloch involved again at the outset of the second half as he heads over the bar. More Rangers domination to start off this half.
    • 46' So Dunfermline get the second period off and running.
    • 45' There goes the half-time whistle. Rangers with a 2-1 lead at the break. Ally McCoist: "We have recovered well from losing a shabby goal. Lee McCulloch has done well so far, but there is 45 minutes to go. We are happy to have the lead at half-time."
    • 44' Not going to be much time added to the half.
    • 43' Can see why there is a difference of 44 points between these teams in the leage.
    • 42' Bartley with the ball out wide before Davis cuts out the pass by Buchanan. All Rangers now really.
    • 41' Graham dashes in to win the ball from Aluko. The home side will need to get up the park otherwise they are going to ship more goals in this match.
    • 40' Bartley on the ball for Rangers. Goian with another long ball forward. Rangers just camping out in the home half.
    • 39' His first goal in almost two years. Can't say it wasn't coming. Dunfermline have hardly been out of their half since scoring the opening goal.
    • 38' GOAL! McCulloch scores for Rangers! Bocanegra with the header down and Rangers move 2-1 clear. A fine finish.
    • 37' McCulloch on the deck after a late challenge by Kerr. Rangers have the free-kick 30 yards out.
    • 36' Keddie and McCulloch challenge for the ball in the box. Appeals for a penalty, but the referee waves play on.
    • 35' Lovely free-kick from Wallace. That could easily have broken to a blue shirt. Rangers continue on the offensive.
    • 34' Graham deemed to have bundled over Aluko. Another free-kick to Rangers out wide to be taken by Wallace.
    • 33' Edu comes into the tackle to win the ball from Boyle. Dunfermline toiling to get out of their own half at the moment.
    • 32' Smith lumps it long down the park. Davis on the break seconds later. His ball is blocked, and Rangers have another corner before Bocanegra whacks over seconds later.
    • 31' Davis delivers the ball from the corner. Ball flies out of play. We remain at 1-1.
    • 30' Rangers win a corner. McMillan comes across to deny McCulloch a shot at goal with Edu in there. The visiting side starting to hit top gear here.
    • 29' Davis' corner is met by Bocanegra. Ball loops up and over the bar. A goalkick to Dunfermline.
    • 28' Rangers really piling on the pressure as Papac sees a shot deflect over the bar for a corner.
    • 27' Davis hits the bar! So close to a second goal for Rangers. McCulloch with the touch on, but the ball rattles the woodwork.
    • 26' Aluko with the free-kick, but straight down the throat of Smith who saves with some ease.
    • 25' Graham fouls Healy. Free-kick to the visiting side 30 yards out.
    • 24' Some sort of smoke bomb has gone off at one end of the pitch. Not sure what is going on there, but doesn't seem to have made much difference.
    • 24' Ball breaks off Wallace, and the home side have a corner-kick of their own.
    • 23' Neither side have been dominant so far, and Rangers are good for their leveller. All to play for in Fife.
    • 22' GOAL! Healy scores for Rangers. Ball broke to him in the box from 12 yards out. Keddie hits Edu with the ball and it breaks to Healy to finish off. 1-1 now.
    • 21' Ally McCoist and Kenny McDowall having an intense discussion on the side of the pitch as Smith collects the ball in the Dunfermline goal.
    • 20' Rangers going back to front as much as possible with Papac trying to pick out Healy. McCulloch being asked to win the high balls.
    • 19' Aluko dinks over a cross but Papac arrives at the park. He nods over the bar. Well over the bar.
    • 18' No talking between Aluko and Bartley in that right-back area before the goal went in. Goian arrives back on the park, and not before time.
    • 17' Plenty of time left for Rangers to hit back, but they need to get Goian back on the park as soon as possible.
    • 16' A bloodied Goian is off the park getting his nose attended to. Doesn't look too clever. Rangers were lucky to avoid conceding a penalty when Bartley appealed to bundle Buchanan to the deck seconds earlier.
    • 15' Goian still off the park receiving treatment before that goal went in. Work to be done for Rangers here.
    • 14' GOAL! Kirk scores for Dunfermline! Easy finish at the back post from Boyle's cross ball. A 1-0 lead for the home side.
    • 13' Graham hits the post for Dunfermline! What a move. Graham dashed beyond Goian before Kirk's shot was saved by McGregor on the rebound.
    • 12' Aluko with the delivery but Burns heads out. Another corner. Aluko again with the corner, but Bocanegra's header is walloped clear. Relief for the home side. So close for Rangers.
    • 11' Aluko seeing plenty of the ball, but no telling final ball as yet. Rangers the dominant force so far. Bartley dashes forward before Rangers win another corner.
    • 10' No treatment needed and on we go. Aluko with the ball. Picks out Healy, but the finish is not there. Ranger regroup to collect seconds later.
    • 9' Davis picks up in the middle of the park before knocking the ball out of play as McCulloch takes a dull one in a challenge with Keddie.
    • 8' Aluko with a poor corner before another high cross is whacked clear by the home side.
    • 7' Aluko knocks the ball off Boyle as Rangers win their first corner of the day.
    • 6' Aluko picks the ball up in the middle. Chips the ball into the path of McCulloch, but Smith comes out quickly to collect in the home goal.
    • 5' Dunfermline frantically trying to close down space as Bocanegra lumps the ball out of the park. Surface not the best for a game of football, it must be said.
    • 4' Healy caught offside as he goes too soon. Healy with three goals in his past six appearances.
    • 3' Aluko knocks the ball out of play and Dunfermline have a goalkick that is thrashed down the park.
    • 2' Aluko and Davis trying to link up before Aluko knocks the ball out of play. Dunfermline have it deep in their own half.
    • 1' We are off and running in this one.
    • 11.57 Odds for today's match: Dunfermline (10/1) Rangers (1/3) Draw (9/2)
    • 11.55 Ally McCoist (Rangers) on the decision to start with Lee McCulloch up front: "Lee has played a number of positions for us. We lacked a presence up front. Lee knows the game well enough and will start up front alongside David Healy." Rangers have resigned the Gabon striker Daniel Cousin until the end of the season. He was not signed in time to play. He is in the stand watching this match.
    • 11.50 Jim McIntyre (Dunfermline Athletic): "Obviously you want to pick up more points than you do away, because of the fans. We've been disappointed we've not managed to do that. As long as we continue not to win at home this question will keep coming up. We're the home team and it's up to us to try to get a result. I've always got confidence going into a game that we can win, but against the Old Firm it's always tough. You need everybody to be playing well, you need a few of their players to have an
    • 11.45 Rangers news: Defender Kirk Broadfoot and striker Kane Hemmings have both returned from injury and are in the squad. Steven Naismith, Kyle Lafferty, Steven Whittaker and Jamie Ness remain on the sidelines.
    • 11.40 Dunfemline news: On-loan midfielder Kyle Hutton is absent as Dunfermline take on his parent club. Long-term absentees Paul Gallacher, Nick Phinn and Steven Bell remain out.
    • 11.35 Teams: Dunfemline: Smith, Keddie, Rutkiewicz, Boyle, McMillan, Kerr, Burns, Mason, Kirk, Graham, Buchanan////Rangers: McGregor, Bartley, Goian, Bocanegra, Papac, Aluko, Davis, Edu, Wallace, McCulloch, Healy
    • 11.30 Good morning and welcome to LIVE coverage of Dunfermline against Rangers at East End Park. A 12pm kick-off in this one. Rangers can close the gap on Celtic to one point with a win.
  • Summary

    • 87' Smith makes a fine save to halt the shot by Davis. That effort was travelling.
    • 83' GOAL! Kerkar scores for Rangers. Fine finish after Smith had clawed out the Celik header. Suddenly a 4-1 lead for the visiting side.
    • 70' Rangers scramble the ball off the line! Keddie's header, but Aluko sticks out a foot to keep the ball out. Still 3-1.
    • 68' GOAL! Aluko scores for Rangers. Surely game over now. A 3-1 lead as Smith is beaten from distance.
    • 52' Fine strike by Boyle. Really got hold of the shot, but McGregor was down quickly to make the save. Decent passage of play.
    • 38' GOAL! McCulloch scores for Rangers! Bocanegra with the header down and Rangers move 2-1 clear. A fine finish.
    • 27' Davis hits the bar! So close to a second goal for Rangers. McCulloch with the touch on, but the ball rattles the woodwork.
    • 22' GOAL! Healy scores for Rangers. Ball broke to him in the box from 12 yards out. Keddie hits Edu with the ball and it breaks to Healy to finish off. 1-1 now.
    • 14' GOAL! Kirk scores for Dunfermline! Easy finish at the back post from Boyle's cross ball. A 1-0 lead for the home side.
    • 13' Graham hits the post for Dunfermline! What a move. Graham dashed beyond Goian before Kirk's shot was saved by McGregor on the rebound.
    • 12' Aluko with the delivery but Burns heads out. Another corner. Aluko again with the corner, but Bocanegra's header is walloped clear. Relief for the home side. So close for Rangers.
    • 11.35 Teams: Dunfemline: Smith, Keddie, Rutkiewicz, Boyle, McMillan, Kerr, Burns, Mason, Kirk, Graham, Buchanan////Rangers: McGregor, Bartley, Goian, Bocanegra, Papac, Aluko, Davis, Edu, Wallace, McCulloch, Healy

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
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      7 -
      Yellow Card 6.7 -
      6.7 -
      Midfielders
      Substitution Out76′ 6.7 -
      Substitution Out65′ 6.7 -
      6.7 -
      7.1 -
      Strikers
      Goal 7.1 -
      Substitution Out74′ 6.5 -
      Subs
      Substitution In65′ 1 -
      Substitution In74′ 1.7 -
      Substitution In76′ Yellow Card 2 -
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      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
      Substitution Out64′ 4.7 -
      5.4 -
      4.9 -
      5 -
      Midfielders
      Yellow Card 5.5 -
      5.2 -
      Goal 5.5 -
      Substitution Out84′ 4.9 -
      Strikers
      Goal 4.8 -
      Goal Substitution Out64′ 5 -
      Subs
      Substitution In64′ 6.6 -
      Substitution In64′ 6.9 -
      Substitution In84′ Goal 8 -

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