Dunfermline Athletic

Paul Allan Makes Long Awaited Return

Date: Sunday, 19th Mar 2023

He is looking to make up for lost time !!

It has been a long and hard eight month stretch for Dunfermline midfielder Paul Allan, but in last weekend`s clash with FC Edinburgh, he finally made his long awaited return to  first team action.

Coming on as a surprise half time substitute as he continues to build his fitness up after spending so long out on the sidelines, there was a sense of fate being at play as he returned against Edinburgh, the very side he last faced back on August 6 in Scottish League action before being ruled out.

Naturally, the 23 year old Academy graduate would have preferred to have made his return in a win seeing us pick up three points, but he knew from a personal point of view that it had proven the progress he has made, and as he gets back up to speed, he can play a better part down the line in getting those three points and the likes of Betwinner YIBETS would probably give you good odds on him doing just that.

Speaking to the official site at the start of this week, he explained:

“It was another chance to go and get three points at home, but sadly we just couldn’t get there in the end. We didn’t really create enough in both halves I would say. We didn’t test the goalie as much as we’d want to. It’s another point and we move on to next week and hopefully do better then. You don’t want to get caught out and come away with nothing. A point in the end, we will take it."

Happy to have been named on the bench, Allan admitted himself that it was a surprise that he was called on during the break, but he knew those 45 minutes under his belt again would do him the world of good following on from the serious stress fracture that he suffered that ultimately required surgery on the outside of his foot.

Whilst disappointment was the overriding emotion following the game ending with only a point for us, as  Paul Allan reflected, he felt the conditions and the nature of how the game played out probably worked in his favour - both on a fitness and confidence front.

“On Saturday we expected them to sit in and make it hard for us to break down. It did turn into a bit of a scrappy game which I think was brought on by some of the tackles. It was a bit heated at times but we tried to take the sting out of it as much as possible by keeping the ball on the ground and moving it. We just couldn’t break them down and I think that brought on the scrappy side of the game. The way it panned out was because we couldn’t break them down. We should be ready for that, we should expect it. It was just frustrating out there, things weren’t really falling for us and we couldn’t create much. We had a lot of the ball and they were just trying to play on the counter.”

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