Dunfermline Preview

Last updated : 22 April 2004 By Firparkcorner

‘Well fans have had a lot to take in lately. A place in the top six was not high on the wish list at the start of the season – eleventh and survival would have done very nicely, thank you, and the emergence from administration has rounded the year off as a bonus.

BJ on the plastic
As a result Terry Butcher will enjoy the luxury of a competitive match with no downside. A balance may need to be struck between the desire to climb another rung in the table and the need to give some more youngsters a taste of the big time.

Although the testing of Barry John Corr at Aberdeen last week still resulted in the understudy playing in a winning team.  BJ made his first team debut the last time we visited east End Park.

Keith Lasley will be eligible for the game as his two match suspension does not take effect until the April 29.

Results in the earlier meetings between the teams could not be more even. Two one-nil home wins and a two-all draw at Fir Park resulted in four points each but three points for the ‘Well would send them one point ahead of the Pars.

Whether the Dunfermline players suffer any reaction to their recent hectic schedule and semi final success remains to be seen but they are likely to be favourites on the artificial surface. Nevertheless a pound or two on a 1-1 draw could bring a return.