Dunfermline Athletic

Preview St Mirren

Saturday, 11th Mar 2017

Labrokes Championship: 3.00pm kick off Saturday 11th March at the Paisley 2021 Stadium

On Saturday the Pars travel to take on St Mirren at the Paisley 2021 Stadium in the first of the final quarter fixtures. The hosts still lie bottom of the Championship and after defeat at Starks Park on Wednesday night remain five points behind Ayr United in ninth place. Points are equally important to Dunfermline as they chase the teams above them while achieving a greater margin between them and the bottom two. They begin the 11th day of March eleven points behind Morton in fourth and eleven ahead of St Mirren.

In league matches between the clubs, the Pars hold the advantage overall with 37 wins to Saints 29.

League v St Mirren

Pld

W

D

L

91

38

22

29

Record win away to Saints is 5-0 when Bert Paton (2), Hugh Robertson, Hugh Maxwell and Jim Fleming did the damage in season 66/67. The Buddies have won by four goals a few times. 6-2 being the biggest result in February 1959 and they even scored one of the Pars two. .

Milestones St Mirren (Away)

Last League Victory #

19/11/16

1 - 0

Championship

Last League Defeat #

10/10/15

1 - 2

 .League Cup

Best League Victory *

15/10/66

5 - 0

Div One*

Worst League Defeat*

18/02/59

2 - 6

Div One*

* Pre Reconstruction

The 1-0 win in November was Dunfermline first win over St Mirren since the Buddies moved from Love Street to Greenhill Road. Prior to that success, the Pars had won only once in Paisley since March 2000, a 1-0 win in 2007 but of the last dozen matches Dunfermline have won four, St Mirren three and five have been drawn.

Last Twelve Matches v St Mirren
14-01-2017 Dunfermline Athletic 1-1 St Mirren Championship
19-11-2016 St Mirren 0-1 Dunfermline Athletic Championship
24-09-2016 Dunfermline Athletic 4-3 St Mirren Championship
10-10-2015 St Mirren 4-0 Dunfermline Athletic Scottish Challenge Cup
26-08-2014 St Mirren 2-1 Dunfermline Athletic Scottish League Cup
22-04-2012 St Mirren 4-4 Dunfermline Athletic SPL
24-03-2012 Dunfermline Athletic 1-1 St Mirren SPL
19-11-2011 St Mirren 2-1 Dunfermline Athletic SPL
25-07-2011 Dunfermline Athletic

0-0

St Mirren SPL
23-09-2008 Dunfermline Athletic

2-0

St Mirren Scottish League Cup
30-04-2007 St Mirren

0-1

Dunfermline Athletic SPL
10-03-2007 Dunfermline Athletic

0-0

St Mirren SPL

Last Meeting in Paisley - 19th November 2016
Ladbrokes Championship
St Mirren 0 Dunfermline 1


This was an important first win away from home in the 2016-2017 league season. In 25 minutes Ashcroft and Fordyce were up for a Rhys McCabe free kick from half way. St Mirren got away the delivery but Martin gathered on half way and looped the ball towards El Alagui on the top of the box left side. The no.48`s header sent the ball into the danger area in front of goal. Ashcroft tried to finish but CLARK was right behind him and netted what turned out to be the winner.

ST MIRREN: Scott Gallacher: Jason Naismith, Ben Gordon (Ryan Hardie 76), Jack Baird, Gary Irvine (c): Kyle Magennis (Lewis McLear 82), Stephen Mallan, Kyle McAllister, David Clarkson (Lawrence Shankland 52), Lewis Morgan, John Sutton. 
SUBS NOT USED: Jordan Stewart, Callum Gallagher, Kyle Hutton, Jamie Langfield (GK)
YELLOW CARD: Shankland (74), Sutton (89)

DUNFERMLINE: Sean Murdoch: Lewis Martin, Callum Fordyce (c), Lee Ashcroft, Jason Talbot: Kallum Higginbotham, John Herron, Rhys McCabe, Michael Paton (Paul McMullan 77): Nicky Clark, Farid El Alagui (Michael Moffat 90)
SUBS NOT USED: Joe Cardle, Conner Duthie, Johnny Galloway, Callum Smith, David Hutton (GK) 

St Mirren Dunfermline
Current League Position
10 6
League Points
20 31
Goal Difference
-18 -1
Last 6-Match Form
WWWWLL LDDDWD
Home /Away League Record
P13, W2, D4, L7 P13, W3, D4, L6

St Mirren have won their last two home games, their last an impressive 2-0 win over league leaders Hibernian.

Recent Form
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 . Dunfermline
 . Raith Rovers (A) L 0-2  . Queen of South (H) D 1-1
 . Celtic (A) L 1-4  . Dumbarton (H) W  .5-1
 . Hibernian (H) W 2-0  . Hibernian (A) D 2-2
 . Ayr United (H) W 2-0  . Hamilton (A) D  .1-1
 . New Saints (H) W 4-1  . Hamilton (H) D 1-1
 . East Fife (A) W 3-2  . Falkirk (A) L  .0-2

Teams last time out

DUNFERMLINE (v Queen of the South):
 Sean Murdoch: Andy Geggan (c), Callum Morris, Lee Ashcroft, Jason Talbot: Nat Wedderburn: Kallum Higginbotham ((Joe Cardle 63), John Herron, Paul McMullan (Michael Paton 76): Nicky Clark, Michael Moffat (Gavin Reilly 76).
SUBS NOT USED: Rhys McCabe, Callum Fordyce, Lewis Spence, Cammy Gill (GK)

ST MIRREN (v Raith Rovers): Billy O`Brien: Stelios Demetriou (Rory Loy 74), Gary Mackenzie, Harry Davis, Adam Eckersley: Stephen Mallan, Cameron Smith, Lewis Morgan, Stephen McGinn, Kyle Magennis (Josh Todd 74), John Sutton
SUBS NOT USED: Gary Irvine, Jack Baird, Craig Storie, Pal Fjelde

Referee on Saturday will be Stephen Finnie.



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