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Dunfermline Athletic v Partick Thistle – 2nd March 2013

It’s match day tomorrow and, by the laws of probability, that must mean a trip through to Fife for Thistle.
It’s Dunfermline Athletic that provide Thistle’s opposition tomorrow with the East End Park side having had to endure another difficult week. While it is difficult not to have sympathy for the plight of their players our only concern from 3pm tomorrow will be in trying to secure an important three points.
Said Alan Archibald when he spoke to just a short time ago;

“It’s a difficult situation that they are in but I’m not sure that it will make that much difference when they got on the pitch. Although they lost last week against Morton by all accounts they were the better side in the first half and no matter what eleven players they put on the pitch tomorrow they will be good players; players with SPL experience.”
Having had an opportunity to watch back the 70 minutes of action from Tuesday night’s curtailed game with Cowdenbeath Alan again stressed the importance of starting a game well.
“It’s vital we start well tomorrow and try and get hold of the game early on. On Tuesday it took us 15 minutes to get into the game and that was disappointing. After that we had a good spell, got our full backs up the pitch which we like to do and we scored our goal. It’s important then that we do that right from the start tomorrow.”
All of which took us onto the all important team news and it doesn’t look as if there will be too many changes to the squad that journeys across to Fife tomorrow.
“The suspended pair of Hugh Murray and Paul Paton will miss out tomorrow but other than that everyone is fine and raring to go. The only real concern we have is Steven Lawless. Steven has picked up a bit of a bug since Tuesday night and he didn’t train yesterday. He trained today and although he looks a little so, so he is should be fine for tomorrow. Mark McGuigan had the same bug at the start of the week.”
Partick Thistle Stats
Current Form – Last Five Games
W            D             L              F              A
4              1              0              10           4
Scorers Season 2012-2013
Chris Erskine 12
Steven Craig 10
Steven Lawless 10
Kris Doolan 8
Conrad Balatoni 4
Stuart Bannigan 4
Ross Forbes 3
Aaron Muirhead 3
Aaron Sinclair 2
Sean Welsh 2
Christie Elliott 1
Stephen O’Donnell 1
Own Goal 1
Last Game
Irn-Bru Scottish League First Division
Saturday February 22nd 2013
Partick Thistle 1, Airdrie United 0
Dunfermline Athletic Stats
Current Form – Last Five Games
W            D             L              F              A
1              0              4              5              12
Scorers season 2012-2013
Andy Barrowman 12
Ryan Wallace 8
Ryan Thomson 5
Andy Kirk 3
Andy Dowie 2
Josuha Falkingham 2
Stephen Husband 2
Callum Morris 2
Joe Cardle 1
Craig Dargo 1
Andy Geggan 1
Stephen Jordan 1
Chris Kane 1
Jordan McMillan 1
Last Game
Irn-Bru Scottish League First Division
Saturday February 23rd 2013
Dunfermline Athletic 1, Morton 4
Last Meeting
William Hill Scottish Cup Fourth Round
Saturday December 1st 2012
Partick Thistle 0, Dunfermline Athletic 1
Thistle: Smith, O’Donnell, Sinclair, Murray (Craig), Muirhead, Balatoni, Lawless (Archibald), Bannigan, Doolan (McGuigan), Forbes, Erskine.
Dunfermline: Gallacher, McMillan, Jordan, Dowie, Morris, Geggan, Thomson, Husband (Byrne), Barrowman, Dargo (Wallace), Falkingham (Cardle).
Dunfermline: Barrowman (35)
Crowd: 3,197

Match Details
Irn-Bru Scottish League First Division
Saturday March 2nd 2013
Dunfermline Athletic v Partick Thistle
Kick-off: 3pm
Adults £17
Concessions £11
Under 12s £5
Thistle fans will be housed in the East Stand
Tickets can be purchased prior to the match by ordering over the phone 01383745909, via email:  
On the day of the Match, tickets can be purchased from our Away Ticket Kiosk – the Away Ticket Kiosk is located between the Main Stand and Macklin Motors – please remember the Ticket Kiosks are cash only – for card payments please come in to our Ticket Office at the front of the Main Stand – All fans are reminded to please arrive early.
By Supporters Bus
By Car
Car Parking is available in a large car park adjoining the East End of the ground and there are also facilities in various side streets. Multi-storey car parking approximately 10 minutes walk from ground.
By Bus
Buses destined for Kelty, Perth, St. Andrews and Kirkcaldy all pass close to East End Park.
By Train
There is a regular train service from Edinburgh to either Dunfermline Town or Dunfermline Queen Margaret Stations. The ground is a 15 minute walk from either Station.
Match Officials
Referee: Bobby Madden
Assistant Referees: Graham Chambers and Sean Carr
Other First Division Fixtures
Dumbarton v Cowdenbeath
Livingston v Airdrie United

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