Dunfermline Athletic

Preview St Mirren

Friday, 26th Jan 2018

Ladbrokes Championship: (home) Friday 26th January 2018, kick of 7.45pm at East End Park

This is possibly as important a game as Dunfermline will play all season, and it is being played on a Friday night due to the live broadcast on BT Sport.

There`s always a big debate about live football in Scotland on a Friday night, and its effect on the crowd size, atmosphere and so on, but for anyone out there who might be thinking about cosying up in front of the telly, please think again.

The manager and players continually mention the boost that they get from having our fans support them, and at our best, such as against Dundee United, the fans play a huge part. St Mirren are sure to bring a big support so it is important that we at least match them!

Ticket Prices
SRJ Windows South Stand: Adults £20, Concessions £14
All other stands: Adults £18, Concessions £12
Away stands: Adults £18, Concessions £12, U12s £5.
Concessions are:- over 60s, Under 18s, Full time students, disabled and unemployed.

Milestones St Mirren (Home)
Last League Victory | 16/09/17 | 3-0| Championship
Last League Defeat | 28/04/01 | 1-2 | SPL
Best League Victory | 30/12/61 | 7-0 | Division One
Worst League Defeat | 28/09/91 | 1-4 | Premier League
First League Fixture | 26/03/27 | 3-1 | Division One
Highest scoring game | 14/12/68 | 6-2 | Division One
Last goalless draw | 25/07/11 | 0/0 | SPL

Dunfermline`s league record against the Buddies favours them with 39 wins to St Mirren`s 30. It is over 16 years since Mark Yardley`s goal proved to be a winner, the last Buddies win at East End Park and even that was eight years after the previous one.

Last Twelve Matches v St Mirren
16-12-2017 | St Mirren 1-0 Dunfermline | Championship
16-09-2017 | Dunfermline 3-0 St Mirren | Championship
11-03-2017 | St Mirren 0-0 Dunfermline Athletic | Championship
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 | Petrofac Cup
26-08-2014 | St Mirren 2-1 Dunfermline Athletic | League Cup
21-04-2012 | 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

Last Meeting at East End Park
Saturday 16th September 2017
Dunfermline 3 St Mirren 0

Declan McMANUS drilled home a 20th minute opener. The Pars striker latched on to a Higginbotham lay off to fire past Craig Samson.

The home side doubled their advantage immediately before half time. Williamson was wide right looking for someone to centre to when HOPKIRK raced in to the edge of the box and dispatched a great finish past Samson.

A 56th minute corner yielded a third Dunfermline goal when Callum MORRIS ran in to meet the ball at the near post and turn it into the Saints net.

Indiscipline cost the visitors two red cards in the closing three minutes to cap a miserable day for the Buddies. Firstly Adam Eckersley used an elbow on Splaine as he went to gather the ball in front of the North West Stand and then Gregor Buchanan collected a second yellow and St Mirren ended the game with just nine men.

The result meant that the Fifers returned to the top of the league, one point ahead of their opponents and two ahead of both Morton and Dundee United.

DUNFERMLINE: Sean Murdoch: Ryan Williamson, Callum Morris (c), Lee Ashcroft, Jason Talbot: Kallum Higginbotham (Aaron Splaine 82), Nat Wedderburn, Dean Shiels, Joe Cardle (David Hopkirk 18): Declan McManus, Nicky Clark.
SUBS NOT USED: Callum Smith, Lewis Martin, Fraser Aird, Andy Ryan, Cammy Gill (GK

ST MIRREN: Craig Samson: Jack Baird, Adam Eckersley, Gregor Buchanan, Liam Smith: Ian McShane, Stelios Demetriou (John Sutton HT), Stephen McMinn, Lewis Morgan, Gavin Reilly (Ross Stewart 75), Cameron Smith (Josh Todd 79)
SUBS NOT USED: Jordan Kirkpatrick, Darryl Duffy, Gary Irvine, Ross Stewart (GK).

Form last six matches

Morton (H) L 1-2
Dundee United (H) D 0-0
Dumbarton (A) W 1-0
Falkirk (H) W 2-0
Brechin City (H) W 2-1
St Mirren (A) L 0-1

Aberdeen (A) L 1-4
Dumbarton (A) W 2-0
Inverness Caley Thistle (A) W 1-0
Morton (A) D 1-1
Dundee United (H) W 2-0
Queen of the South (A) W 3-2

St Mirren enjoy a fifteen point advantage over the Pars, albeit Dunfermline has a game in hand. The Paisley side lost 4-1 at Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup but they are unbeaten in their last seven league matches and have won six of them.

League Form

League Position: 3rd
League Points: 33
League Record: P21 W9 D6 L6 GF37 GA24
Goal Difference: +15
Last Six League Match Form: LLWWWD

League Position: 1st
League Points: 48
League Record: P22 W15 D3 L4 GF41 GA23
Goal Difference: +18
Last Six League Match Form: WWWDWW

Last Time Out

Lee Robinson: Ryan Williamson, Callum Morris (c), Jean Yves M`Voto, Jason Talbot: Michael Paton, Nat Wedderburn, Dean Shiels (James Craigen 66), Joe Cardle (Kallum Higginbotham 66): Nicky Clark, Declan McManus.
SUBS NOT USED: Fraser Aird, Andy Ryan, Lee Ashcroft, Callum Smith, Cammy Gill (GK)

ST MIRREN (v Aberdeen): Craig Samson: Stelios Demetriou, Jack Baird, Harry Davis, Liam Smith: Stephen McGinn, Kyle Magennis, Lewis Morgan, Ian McShane (Ryan Flynn 56): Cammy Smith (Mark Hill 76), Gavin Reilly (Danny Mullen 65).
SUBS NOT USED: Gary McKenzie, Adam Eckersley, John Sutton, Ross Stewart (GK).

Referee will be John Beaton.

Other Ladbrokes Championship fixtures
Dundee United v Morton
Falkirk v Inverness Caley Thistle
Livingston v Dumbarton
Queen of the South v Brechin City

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