Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Queen of the South

Saturday, 14th Oct 2017

Ladbrokes Championship: Saturday 14th October 2017, kick off 3.00pm at Palmerston Park

Dunfermline travel to Dumfries on Saturday hoping to get back to their winning ways. Back to back defeats to Dundee United and Falkirk are the first since last November. Those defeats, both at the hands of Dundee United, were followed by an eleven match unbeaten run and no doubt Allan Johnston and his management team will be looking for the same again.

Milestones away to Queen of the South
Last League win 06/05/17: 1-0 Championship
Last League defeat: 02/10/10: 0-2 Division One
Best League win: 02/05/09 & 14/04/82: 3-0 Division One
Worst League defeat: 13/12/75: 2-5: Division One

Last meeting at Palmerston
Queen of the South 0 Dunfermline 1
Ladbrokes Championship, 6th May 2017

The sides last met on the final day of last season. A home win would ensure a fifth place finish for the Dumfries men but if Dunfermline could avoid defeat it would be them who would finish fifth.

The league`s top goalscorer Stephen Dobbie was ably supported by his fellow team mates but could not penetrate the Fifers` defences.

In the first minute of time added on at the end of the match, keeper Sean Murdoch`s clearance rocketed straight up the park, Nicky CLARK got his head to it, possibly wrong footing QOS keeper Lee Robinson who slipped. The ball rolled into the net and the somewhat bizarre late Pars goal was the match winner.

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH: Lee Robinson: Kyle Jacobs, Darren Brownlie, Chris Higgins, Jordan Marshall: Callum Tapping (Joe Thomson 60), John Rankin, Dominic Thomas, Danny Carmichael (Connor Murray 74): Lyndon Dykes (Derek Lyle 65), Stephen Dobbie.
SUBS NOT USED: Scott Mercer, Andy Dowie, Dale Hilson, Jim Atkinson (GK)

DUNFERMLINE: Sean Murdoch: Ryan Williamson, Callum Fordyce (c), Lee Ashcroft, Michael Paton: Kallum Higginbotham, Nat Wedderburn, Rhys McCabe, Paul McMullan (Callum Smith 80): Nicky Clark, Michael Moffat (Joe Cardle 61).
SUBS NOT USED: Gavin Reilly, Stuart Morrison, Lewis Spence, Brandon Luke, David Hutton (GK).

Recent Stats

League record: 3rd P8 W5 D1 L2 GD+13 16pts
Last six games: WLWWLL
Falkirk (A) L 0-2
Dundee United (H) L 1-3
Brechin City (A) W 3-0
St Mirren (H) W 3-0
Morton (A) L 2-3
Buckie Thistle (A) W 3-0

League record: 5th P8 W3 D2 L3 GD+3 11pts
Last six games: WDDLLDW
Montrose (A) W 3-1 aet
Inverness Caley Th (A) D 0-0
St Mirren (A) L 1-3
Morton (H) L 1-2
Livingston (A) D 2-2
Berwick Rangers (A) W 5-0

Recent Form

Queens have failed to win in their last four league games and their only successes since defeating a depleted Falkirk side on 26th August has been Irn Bru Cup wins at Berwick and Montrose and it took a late Stephen Dobbie equaliser and goals deep into extra time to knock out Stewart Petrie`s side.

Their home defeat to Morton in September has been their only home defeat of the season.

The Pars have only scored one goal in their last two games following an eight match run when they scored 25 times.

Last Time out

DUNFERMLINE (v Falkirk):
Sean Murdoch: Lewis Martin, Lee Ashcroft, Nat Wedderburn (Jean-Yves M`Voto 79), Jason Talbot: Kallum Higginbotham, Aaron Splaine (Andy Ryan 74), Dean Shiels, Declan McManus, Callum Smith, Nicky Clark.
SUBS NOT USED: Conner Duthie, Scott Lochhead, Cammy Gill (GK).

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH (v Montrose): Alan Martin: Jordan Marshall, Callum Fordyce, Jason Kerr, Shaun Rooney (Darren Brownlie 86), John Rankin, Andy Stirling (Derek Lyle 68), Kyle Jacobs, Callum Tapping, Stephen Dobbie, Chris Kane (James McFadden 84)
SUBS NOT USED: Lyndon Dykes, Connor Murray, Scott Mercer, Jack Leighfield (GK).

Referee will be Stephen Finnie.

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