Player ratings v FalkirkAuthor: Jason Barber Date: Wednesday, 23rd Oct 2002
After the cup win against Falkirk, here is a view on how the players performed:
Marco Ruitenbeek: Solid throughout after his nightmare weekend! Saved very well on the few occasions he was needed, back to his best. 8/10
Gus McPherson: Played in central role, thought seemed to get a bit mixed up with Bullen at times. Had to go off injured. 6/10
Chris McGroarty: Still looking a liability at times in defence, not his natural position. Dair/Kilgannon & Karnebeek will all be looking to grab the left sided spot. 5/10
Scott Thomson: Superb at the back. Good distribution also and always looked to get forward. 8/10
Scott Wilson: Never troubled by the so called danger men up front. Easy game for the big defender. 7/10
Gary Mason: Played deeper than usual almost as an extra defender. Tracked back well and played far better than he has recently. Good to see him back! 8/10
Lee Bullen: Did not get forward perhaps as much as he would have liked. When he did, he fired in some useful crosses. Reverted to defence after McPherson went off. 7/10
Barry Nicholson: Close call for man of the match. Owned the midfield, but was forced back as Dunfermline took their foot off the gas. Very unselfish play for second goal. 8/10
Gary Dempsey: Another good game from the Irishman. Always looking forward instead of back, which is refreshing! Replaced by Nicholls as it was played safe for the closing spell. 7/10
Craig Brewster: Superb close control from the big man as always. Reads the game so well and often got in good positions only for the pass not to be given to him. Talks to players throughout the game, playing a captain like role. Referee did him no favours. 8/10
Stevie Crawford: What can you say? Last season he would have drawn a blank, but this year could be a record breaker. Unlucky on a couple of occasions, but always threatened the Falkirk rearguard of Hughes & James. 8/10
Davie Nicholls: replaced Dempsey as more defensive formation played out time.
Jason Dair: Replaced the injured McPherson and slipped in to the team very well.
Scott Walker: Swapped on the left for the ineffective McGroarty for the last 20 minutes, rare home outing!