Unbeaten in five, three wins on the bounce…some might say times are good at
But first, can I just simply ask why in the name of shite is this game going ahead anyway?!! I, like no doubt the majority of you, never had the chance to meet Phil O'Donnell and so my only memories of the Motherwell legend are of snippets from games against the Pars - be it for Motherwell or Celtic. But surely anyone with an ounce of compassion can not even contemplate playing or even watching football so soon after Phil's tragic and heart-breaking death on Saturday! Yes, life goes on and no-one wants to wallow in grief but for fucks sake man, surely the entire Scottish card should have been called off today?! How any footballer - let alone the Dundee Utd players who are being disgracefully forced by the fuckwits at the SFA to play today - could even contemplate 'carrying-on as normal' literally days after such a devastating incident is beyond me. Common sense, as always, takes a back in Scottish football!
And so with the Pars team bus set to make the trip across the Forth Bridge to Almondvale in a few hours time it will do so with absolutely no risk of over-crowding that's for sure, such is the extent of the current - or should that be 'ongoing' - injury crisis. Definate casualties heading into this afternoon's match include Greig Shields, Owen Morrison, Scott Muirhead, Kevin Harper, Roddy McKenzie, Sol Bamba and Darren Young. Almost certainly joining this deluge of players on the sidelines will be Bobby Ryan and Nicky Phinn. And with Stephen Glass and Tam McManus both picking up knocks in Saturday's 2-1 win over
With keeper Paul Gallacher awaiting clearance after his permanent switch from
As has been the case in recent weeks I can't see there being too much between the sides. With Livi missing first-picks McPake and Tinkler in defence, and losing influential midfielder Kennedy after his loan spell from the Smoggies came to an end, the home side could struggle to cope with the pace of Burchill up front. Both goals on Saturday came after utilising Burchill's burst of pace to break up field and, as at the weekend, if runners join in support down the wings then this will be our best chance to get on the scoresheet. Another win today and we'll definitely be cooking with gas going into another string of important fixtures.
It's the new year, a new start, optimism in the air…2-0 Pars, Burchill double, simple as…..here's hoping anyway. COME ON YE PARS!!
RIP PHIL O'DONNELL 1972-2007