Dunfermline Athletic

Preview St Mirren

Saturday, 24th Sep 2016

SPFL Championship: The Saints are coming, for first time in four years

Saturday`s match brings St Mirren to East End Park for the first time since March 2012. . That last visit was the first fixture of Jim Jefferies period in charge. .The 1-1 draw was followed by an eventful 4-4 draw post split in Paisley but the points were not enough to save the Pars from subsequent relegation from the SPL.

Since then the only two matches between the sides have been in the League Cup and Petrofac Cup, both won by St Mirren in 2014 and 2015 but Dunfermline`s league record against the Paisley Buddies favours them with 36 wins to St Mirren`s 29. .

Milestones St Mirren (Home)

Last League Victory #

23/09/06

2 - 1

SPL

Last League Defeat #

28/04/01

1 - 2

SPL

Best League Victory *

30/12/61

7 - 0

Div One*

Worst League Defeat*

28/09/91

1 - 4

Premier League

* Pre Reconstruction

Last home win at East End Park - September 2008

It is seven matches back since Dunfermline managed to win. Jim McIntyre fielded an unchanged eleven for the visit of St Mirren in the Co-operative Insurance Cup. Having reached the third round by defeating Peterhead and Alloa Athletic, this was going to be a real test to see what gulf exists between the First Division and the SPL.

Gus MacPherson`s side included ex Pars John Potter, Gary Mason, Jim Hamilton and Billy Mehmet and it was Gaz and Hammy who kicked off. The Pars were to win 2-0 thanks to goals from Graham Bayne and Simon Wiles.

DUNFERMLINE: Paul Gallacher: Scott Thomson, Greg Shields, Scott Wilson (c), Austin McCann. Kevin Harper (Calum Woods 80), Nick Phinn, Steven Bell (Simon Wiles 68), Alex Burke. Andy Kirk, Graham Bayne.
SUBS: Scott Muirhead, Lee Graham, Callum Reidford
SCORERS: Bayne (69), Wiles (73)

ST MIRREN: Mark Howard: Jack Ross, Franco Miranda, Gary Mason (Dennis Wyness 79), Will Haining (Scott Cuthbert, 88), John Potter, Hugh Murray (Steven Robb, 65), Stephen McGinn, Gary Brady. Jim Hamilton, Billy Mehmet
SUBS: Craig Dargo, Chris Smith (GK)

 . . . Form last six home / away
 . . Dunfermline  .  . St Mirren
 . Morton (A) L

1-2

 . Dumbarton (A) D 1-1
 . Dundee United (H)  .L

 .1-3

 . Queen of the South (H) L 1-3
 . Brechin City (A) W

5-1

 . Albion Rovers (A) D

3-3

 . Queen of South (H)  .L

 .0-1

 . .Ayr United (A) D

1-1

 . Raith Rovers (A) L 0-2  . Hibs (H) L 0-2
 . Hibernian (A) L 1-2  . Raith Rovers (A) L 1-3

St Mirren have now gone seven matches without a win. After a fine start in the Betfred Cup where they had wins over Livingston, Ayr United and Edinburgh City they have yet to win a match in this season`s Championship. Dunfermline have the same number of points as their visitors and they have now lost five league matches in a row.

Dunfermline St Mirren .
Current League Position
9 10
League Points
3 3
Goal Difference
-6 -6
Last Six League Match Form
WLLLLL DLLDLD
League record
P6, W1, D6, L5 P6, W0, D3, L3

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Morton): David Hutton, Lee Ashcroft, Callum Fordyce, Ben Richards-Everton, Lewis Martin, Michael Paton (Kallum Higginbotham 66), Andy Geggan (c), Rhys McCabe, Paul McMullan (Joe Cardle 54), Gavin Reilly (Farid El Alagui 79), Nicky Clark.
SUBS NOT USED: Ryan Williamson, John Herron, Michael Moffat, Sean Murdoch (GK)

ST MIRREN (v Dumbarton): Scott Gallaher: Jaison Naismith, Gary McKenzie, Jack Baird, Gary Irvine: Tom Walsh, Stephen Mallan, Kyle Hutton (Darren Whyte 81), Lewis Morgan (Calum Gallagher 74), Ryan Hardie (Lawrence Shankland 85), John Sutton
SUBS NOT USED: Jamie Langfield, Andy Webster, David Clarkson, Kyle McAllister

Referee for this match will be Greg Aitken.



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