Dunfermline’s dire defensive record cannot continue admits Allan Johnston as wins continue to elude Pars

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DUNFERMLINE manager Allan Johnston admits his side cannot continue the dire defending that means they have to score ‘two or three’ goals to win matches.

The Pars were pegged back to a 2-2 draw with Dumbarton at the weekend after taking a 2-1 lead with only 10 minutes remaining as they sought just their third league victory of a difficult campaign.

It was yet another disappointment for the Fifers, who still languish in third-bottom spot after approaching the season with designs on a promotion play-off place.

(Pic: Craig Brown @craigy_broon)
(Pic: Craig Brown @craigy_broon)

Their downfall has undoubtedly been having the second worst defensive record in Scotland, with 23 goals against in the Championship, and Johnston is well aware it must change.

The League One champions’ two successes so far this season have come in 4-3 wins over Dumbarton and St Mirren, whilst they have enjoyed just one clean sheet in 11 outings.

He told www.dafc.co.uk: “We need to defend better, it’s as simple as that.

“Teams that are going to be up the top of the table don’t lose cheap goals and we lose far too many.

“Sometimes it happens occasionally that you lose a cheap goal but it’s happening too often, so we need to tighten that up.

“You can see the quality we’ve got going forward but we need to score two or three goals every game to win.”

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