Preview St Johnstone
This Saturday the Pars are on the road again but this time only up the M90 to McDiarmid Park. On 13th August Jim McIntyre's side left Perth following a 1-0 victory. Andy Kirk was the hero that afternoon when he turned in Jason Thomson's 31st minute drive into the box. This time points mean everything to Dunfermline and they will be trying desperately to emulate that early season success.
St Johnstone Away Milestones
It is now over 16 years and thirteen games since St Johnstone last won a league match at home against the Pars. Since the defeat in November 1995, the Athletic have gained five wins, and eight draws in Perth. The Saintees did however register a 3-2 home win in the CIS Insurance Cup in October 2003. Strangely the Perth club has a much better record at East End Park where the Pars have failed to win since October 2001.
|Milestones - St Johnstone (Away)|
Last League Victory
Last League Defeat
Best League Victory
Worst League Defeat
|* Pre Reconstruction|
All Time League record v St Johnstone
The Pars had a good Premier League record in Perth, having won more games than they've lost but the First Division record was very different.
|Pars v St Johnstone: the Full League Record|
|At East End Park||68||34||12||22||125||97|
|At Muirton Park / McDiarmid Park||65||20||17||28||89||95|
|Division One (up to 1975)||36||14||6||16||72||60|
|Division Two (up to 1975)||38||17||7||14||68||64|
|Premier Division (since 1975)||25||9||9||7||26||25|
|First Division (since 1975)||31||11||7||13||38||42|
|Second Division (since 1975)||3||3||0||0||10||1|
Dunfermline's record in the last dozen games is lost five, drawn four and won three. All those Pars victories were at McDiarmid Park.
|Last Twelve League Meetings|
|24/12/11||Dunfermline||0-3||St Johnstone||Premier League|
|07/04/09||St Johnstone||0-1||Dunfermline||Premier League|
|11/04/09||Dunfermline||1-3||St Johnstone||First Division|
|07/04/09||St Johnstone||0-0||Dunfermline||First Division|
|01/11/08||Dunfermline||1-2||St Johnstone||First Division|
|16/08/08||St Johnstone||0-3||Dunfermline||First Division|
|29/03/08||St Johnstone||1-1||Dunfermline||First Division|
|19/01/08||Dunfermline||0-1||St Johnstone||First Division|
|10/11/07||St Johnstone||0-0||Dunfermline||First Division|
|02/09/07||Dunfermline||0-0||St Johnstone||First Division|
|12/01/02||Dunfermline||0-1||St Johnstone||Premier League|
|27/10/01||St Johnstone||1-2||Dunfermline||Premier League|
St Johnstone have won only one of their last seven matches but for Dunfermline it is one win in the last 17.
|Current League Position|
|League Form last six results|
|P13, W4, D1, L8||P14, W4, D1, L9|
|Recent Form - home / away|
|St Johnstone (home)||
|Kilmarnock||W||2-0||Inverness Caley Th||D||1-1|
Last Time Out
DUNFERMLINE (v Celtic): Chris Smith; Andy Dowie, Kevin Rutkiewicz (Austin McCann HT), Alex Keddie, Patrick Boyle; David Graham, Paul Burns, Ryan Thomson, Kyle Hutton, Joe Cardle (Paul Willis 60); Liam Buchanan (Martin Hardie 67)
SUBS NOT USED: Steven McDougall, Gary Mason, Shaun Byrne, Ryan Goodfellow (GK).
ST JOHNSTONE (v Aberdeen): Alan Mannus; Frazer Wright, Callum Davidson, David Mackay, David McCracken, Jody Morris, Murray Davidson, Chris Millar, Liam Craig, Francisco Sandaza, Cillian Sheridan
SUBS: Kudus Oyenuga, Peter Enckelman, Lee Croft, James Keatings, Marcus Haber, Alan Maybury, Greg Mitchell
Referee will be Brian Colvin taking charge of his first SPL match.
C'mon Ye Pars!