| Basic mistakes are costing Dunfermline vital league points according to midfielder Ryan Dow. The Pars take on Arbroath tonight hoping to erase the memory of the weekend's 2-0 loss to Dundee United. While reluctant to rely on another hard luck story Dow thinks this is the story of the season.
Aftrer Satuday's game Dow said: "We have given away points. We never scored so it is not a hard luck story like that. We keep making basic mistakes and getting punished for it, especially when we are on top. United couldn’t get out, it felt like the first five or ten minutes that we kept them in their box, winning corners and free kicks. They went up the field and it was just a basic error, they cross it again and in the second phase Shankland taps it in. Then they got a twenty minute lift, it is just not good enough from our point of view. We did have chances, even in the second half we hit the bar, I had a chance one on one where the keeper comes out and he does well. It is just one of those stories, if we could have got one of them but it never happened."
Dow started off his career with a Dundee United, joining at fourteen and staying with the club till he was 25. This experience tells him that Dunfermline need to cut out the basic errors if they want to be at the right end of the league table. Dow went on; "It is that tight. We came here and we need to move on. We have had a good wee four games unbeaten run. There were two draws in the middle but again when you look at it, a last minute goal against Morton and it was another three points dropped. We need to stop doing that.”
The chance to show if Dow and his teammates have learnt their lesson comes tonight against Dick Campbell's Arbroath. Dow said; "I was out injured the last time we played them but they have had a great win at Partick Thistle on Saturday. I’m sure that they will come into the game with a good bit of confidence but we are at home and after our first home win of the season last week, we are looking to kick on, make East End a bit of a fortress and pick up a lot more points at home."