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Saturday, 17 August, 2002, 16:00 GMT 17:00 UK
Crawford dumps Dundee
Stevie Crawford netted a hat-trick
Crawford heads home his first goal of the day
Dunfermline 4-2 Dundee

Stevie Crawford netted a hat-trick as Dunfermline twice came from behind to sink Dundee at East End Park.

The Pars strike force of Crawford and Craig Brewster looks like being one of the most potent in the SPL this season and it was the former Hibs man that got the home side's other goal.

Dundee were second best for most of the afternoon but Nacho Novo was a handful for the Pars defence and helped himself to two goals.

However, the Spaniard saw red with two minutes remaining for raising his foot at Pars substitute Scott Wilson.

Dunfermline kept faith with the same 11 players who convincingly beat Livingston 2-1 last Saturday.

Nacho Novo
Nacho Novo scored twice for Dundee
Dundee boss Jim Duffy was in his first spell as Dark Blues manager almost seven years ago when the Tayside team last won in Fife.

Duffy, keen to make amends for that poor intervening record, brought striker Fabian Caballero back in to the team in place of young Steven Milne.

It was the home side who took the initiative in the opening stages and soon had Dundee on the back-foot.

Brewster was lively in the early stages as Dunfermline laid siege to the visitors' goal.

The Pars should have taken the lead in the fourth minute when Crawford crossed to the back post to find Gary Dempsey unmarked but he headed over the bar from only six yards out.

Moments later, defender Jason Dair came close with a 25-yard shot which went inches over the Dundee crossbar.

Dundee began to look dangerous on the break and in the 21st minute the visitors took the lead with a well-worked goal.

Caballero sent Novo clear inside the box with a clever pass and the little striker drilled the ball past the helpless Marco Ruitenbeek from 12 yards out.

Dunfermline fought their way back into the game and deservedly equalised in the 33rd minute.

Jason Dair and Mair challenge
Dunfermline twice came from behind
Dempsey found space on the right touchline and whipped a cross into the six-yard box, where Crawford managed to flick a header into the far corner of the net.

Dundee began the second half in confident fashion and Lee Wilkie came close with a back-post header from a Novo cross from the left flank but Ruitenbeek was perfectly placed to gather.

At the other end Crawford shot from the edge of the box and forced Speroni into a flying save at his right-hand post.

The visitors went back in front after 58 minutes when Novo caught the Dunfermline defence napping on the halfway line and raced clear to round Ruitenbeek, who had come charging out of the penalty box, and slot the ball into an empty net.

The home side came roaring back and it was Brewster who brought the scores level on 69 minutes with a close range header.

Crawford edged the Pars in front with ten minutes remaining with a cute lob and completed his hat-trick with a cracking shot soon after.

Dunfermline: Ruitenbeek, Bullen, Skerla, Scott Thomson, Dair (Scott Wilson 63), Hampshire, Nicholson, Dempsey, Kilgannon (McGroarty 78), Crawford, Brewster.
Subs Not Used: Stillie, MacPherson, Nicholls.
Booked: Skerla.

Dundee: Speroni, MacKay, Smith, Wilkie, Hernandez Santos, Mair (Forbes 83), Rae, Nemsadze, Novo, Sara, Caballero (Milne 88).
Subs Not Used: Langfield, Beith, Marrocco.
Sent Off: Novo (88). Booked: Smith, Sara, Nemsadze, Novo.

Attendance: 5,901
Referee: I Brines

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