Pars ready to storm back

As KDM Group East End Park prepares to host Ayr United this Saturday, Dunfermline’s captain, Kyle Benedictus, reflects on the three-week hiatus since the team’s last game and the eagerness to move past the recent defeat to Partick Thistle.

The unforeseen postponement of the Arbroath match and a fixture-free weekend due to the SPFL Trust Trophy have only intensified the anticipation for the Pars. This pause, however, has also provided a slight silver lining for Benedictus, who is currently sidelined with a foot injury.

Sharing his perspective on recent games, Kyle said, “I thought the boys were different class, especially in the Morton game. Queen’s Park, I thought we were comfortable in the game. Much of it was a blur against Partick. All the boys held their hands up. It is going to happen with the league we’re in, you’re going to get these games.”

He acknowledged the well recognised unpredictability of the league, and added:- “It’s a competitive league, you see everybody can beat everybody at any point. We’re in a position where we are there or thereabouts.”

Despite his personal setback, Kyle remains optimistic, “On a personal note, it’s not too bad, I’ve only missed three league games. I think the boys are desperate to get back out there and put on a good show on Saturday.”

Dunfermline, currently placed sixth in the Championship, have played fewer league matches than any other team in the league. On this, Kyle commented, “As a team, you want to be playing Saturday-to-Saturday. You don’t want the games getting called off or missing a week because of the SPFL Trust Trophy.

“As a team, we want to be playing week in, week out – get a bit of momentum going. That’s what you want as a club. The boys are looking forward to it on Saturday, they’ve been training well, I’ve heard this week, and I’m hoping they’ll be ready for Saturday.”

Recollecting the earlier part of the season, the 31 year old defender said, “The best thing to take from it is that everybody will know they’re in a game. That has to give us confidence.” He recalled how the team stood its ground against higher-tier teams in the past, “Even last year when we played against teams in a higher league, we more than matched them. It’s been no different since the start of the season this time.”  With the Championship proving its competitiveness every week, Benedictus concluded, “It’s just who can come out the other end of it.”

That said, Dunfermline’s return to action this Saturday promises an exciting showdown, and their captain will undoubtedly be rooting for them from the sidelines.

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