Clean sheets served as the cornerstone of Dunfermline’s triumphs in League One last season, and with the upcoming match against Queen’s Park, the team is eager to extend their defensive prowess with back-to-back clean sheets at KDM Group East End Park this Saturday. Before Tuesday’s 3-0 victory over Arbroath, the Glasgow side was the sole league opponent Dunfermline managed to keep a clean sheet against. Josh Edwards looks forward to the next hurdle:-
“We prided ourselves on that last season so it is good to get ourselves back into that clean sheet scene. If we can keep a clean sheet this Saturday that will stand us in good stead to go and win the game. Hopefully we can do that but we know that they are a good side with good attacking players so we will need to be switched on to that.”
Dunfermline defeated Queen’s Park 2-0 at Hampden back in September and the performance from that led to that win will give confident into Saturday’s return. Josh continued:-
“We played well the last time we played them through at Hampden. We neutralised them well at Hampden so hopefully we can implement the game plan and do something similar to them.”
After one win in seven matches, everyone was delighted to get the Pars back to winning ways. Josh admitted “we have been iffy in the last few games, we have played well in some of them obviously with Friday night being the exception. It is good to get back to winning ways and back into the play-off positions. Things are looking a wee bit rosier.
“It is crucial to string a couple of wins together in this league. If you do that you are going to be flying up the table. If we can get a couple of wins under our belt hopefully we can chase the teams above us down and see where it takes us.”
On Tuesday night after scoring the opening goal and contributing to the win, Josh was selected as the Man of the Match. His goal was the perfect response to James McPake’s half time talk:-
“The gaffer said at half time that we needed to start quickly and the goal came quite quick into the second half. It was exactly what we needed to get ourselves going. In the first half we huffed and we puffed but we didn’t really create much, it took us a wee while to get going.” It took less than three second half minutes for Josh to fire the Pars ahead and he described his finish:-
“I’m glad the ball fell to me and we managed to get ourselves in front. I think it made it a lot easier for us, it freed us up to play some good stuff in the end.
“I don’t know if it was a striker’s finish, I just reacted to the ball and luckily it went in the net. I just tried to make good contact with the ball, at least force the keeper to make a save, on target and luckily it went in.
“Once that first goal went in we settled down and started playing some nice stuff. We scored a couple more goals, we could have scored another but Arbroath were still dangerous on the counterattack. They had a few half chances so we still had to switch on. So we are delighted with the clean sheet as well, so on to Saturday now.”