Checklist for Saturday’s match against
Let’s face it, the only ones at East End Park this Saturday not suffering a hangover after a hogmanay severely spent on the piss are likely to be the players (hopefully!!!) and the mascots. With that in mind, only a win will do this New Year’s Day for the Pars against Jim Duffy’s Dundee side because, if the truth be told, the only thing worse than a big greasy fry-up when you’re nursing a hangover is watching your team getting humped on a freezing cold winter’s afternoon. So, bearing that in mind, relegation troubles aside, this Saturday’s fixture against a struggling
After a poor 3-1 away defeat to Jim Jefferies merry men – very poor considering Killie’s recent goal-shipping form – Jim Duffy’s Dundee side travel to East End Park knowing that nothing less than three points will do if they are to have any hope of pulling away from the relegation zone. Although having said that, with the
In fixtures as crucial as this, the phrase “nothing to choose between them” usually makes an appearance in almost every single article previewing the fixture in question, yet nothing could be more true in terms of the past record between the Pars and Jim Duffy’s Dundee side. In a total of 89 encounters each team has 35 victories to their name, the sides drawing nineteen of those fixtures. The
Although positives (not exactly a word which has been over-used at
With the promise of an upturn in form once the injury crisis clears up, it may be true to say that many Pars fans have been awaiting the return of certain players with baited breath. Although, if the truth be told, the word ‘crisis’ can hardly be described as apt in terms of the current situation. A brief inspection of the Pars starting eleven against Livingston on Monday and you would perhaps have noticed that just two genuine first-team players were absent from the Pars starting lineup – namely Scott Thomson and Greg Shields. The inclusion to the starting lineup of other players such as Ritchie Byrne, Simon Donnelly and Derek Young would have to be considered far more doubtful in terms of regularity. Although long-term absentees Greg Shields, Simon Donnelly, Ritchie Byrne and Derek Young continue to be a long way off a first-team return, captain Scott Thomson may well be fit to make a return come the visit of
With just one win in the last eight – and only five wins in 24 all season – the possibility of relegation and subsequent First Division football is becoming more and more real with each passing game. With a number of Pars players playing well below their capabilities, big performances is, without doubt, required from every single Pars player as every single fixture seems to adopt the ‘must-win’ tag.
Although, with Saturday also bringing about a New Year, let’s just hope that the New Year also brings about an upturn of fortunes for the Pars. Let’s also hope that the Pars players and management team have a set of New Year Resolutions to adhere to; namely win a game or two, and avoid relegation!