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Last updated : 25 November 2004 By Firparkcorner

A couple of weeks ago, we were in danger of being adrift in the bottom half of the table. Two good results have pulled us back into contention but this game signals the start of an ‘easy’ (if there is such a thing!) run. Dunfermline, Livingston and Inverness at home with Dundee United providing the lone trip in the next four. Anything less than eight points from that lot will be viewed as a disappointment.

Celebrating good times at East End Park!
Dunfermline made a slow start to the season but have since began to turn things around and they had an excellent 4-1 win against Killie last week. However, they have lost the influential Craig Brewster, who has moved to Inverness Caley Thistle as manager and he will be hard to replace. Billy Mehmet has been doing well up front recently but our defence will be delighted at having to cope with him minus his recent strike partner.

We will be high on confidence and our new system restricted Hearts to very few chances last week. Hopefully we’ll be using a formation nearer 4-3-3 than 4-5-1 on Saturday although this will probably mean that if Scott McDonald is fit again he can only claim a place on the bench. Phil O’Donnell missed out last week with a mystery injury and he may or may not return to the squad.

This is a hard game but if we have top six (or higher!) aspirations, then it is one we need to win. A loss would kill our new good run in its tracks but right now if we play the way we can do, a point is the worst we’ll finish with. Hopefully we’ll do a little better than that though and triumph by the odd goal in three, 2-1 ‘Well.