Ewan Otoo was dropped in at the deep end in Day 2 of life as a Dunfermline Athletic player.
The League One leaders were away to third placed Airdrie, with James McPake’s side hoping to stretch their lead over Falkirk by playing their game in hand while their rivals prepared for a Scottish Cup tie away to Darvel.
Otoo was named as a substitute but after Dunfermline went a goal down in the 29th minute he was on for his debut three minutes later, replacing Chis Hamilton.
Things didn’t get much better for the visitors when Airdrie increased their lead before half time, when Robert Mahon put through his own net to put the homeside 3-0 in front after 50 minutes it looked like The Pars were in for a very embarrassing afternoon.
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On the hour mark things started to change, Airdrie’s Callum Smith was sent off, Kyle Benedictus scored with a penalty and suddenly the deficit was down to two with half an hour to play against 10 men.
Matthew Todd scored in the 66th minute then equalised in the 82nd minute, four minutes from the final whistle Nikolay Todorov scored the winner.
The demoralising nature of that defeat and a 13 point gap effectively rules Airdrie out of winning automatic promotion.
With 13 matches left to play Dunfermline are seven points ahead of Falkirk with Otoo looking to stay involved as his loan side look to win promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt.