KERR: WE'RE PARS FOR THE COURSE
Mark Kerr hopes Dunfermline's team spirit can prove decisive in their battle to remain in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Manager Jim Jefferies has seven matches to lead the Pars to safety after a promising first match in charge, last week's 1-1 draw with St Mirren.
A win on Saturday at in-form Dundee United, emulating the feat from August, would see the Pars wipe out the three-point gap to second-bottom Hibernian, who play Inverness on Sunday.
Reports have emerged from across the Firth of Forth of discontent in the Hibs ranks. The capital club have played down the claims, but Martin Scott, the subject of one of the rumours, was this week made available for loan after being told he would not feature again this season.
Whether the reports from Hibs are accurate or not, Kerr says there are no such issues in Fife.
The former United midfielder said: "We've got a good team spirit, we've not lost that.
"If it (the reports from Hibs) is true you would think we're a closer-knit team. But you don't know what's true and what's not true.
"A wee fight or scuffle can happen. It just grows arms and legs I think.
"When you're down there, people are against you, there are wee niggles in training. "When it happens in a team that's sitting second or third or fourth then nothing is reported, the boys laugh about it later."
Jefferies has resisted widespread changes in his first full week in charge since succeeding Jim McIntyre as boss, but Kerr hopes to feel the benefits at Tannadice.
Kerr added: "Everything's happened so fast. It's been good. The gaffer's not changed too much, but I think his experience has showed.
"Hopefully the gaffer gets a wee bit of luck, the boys do the hard work and get the wee breaks."
Luck was with the Pars in May 2005 as Kerr scored a crucial goal at Tannadice which all but ensured survival.
However, it was an own goal, as the Pars beat United 1-0.
The 30-year-old could have a crucial role to play seven seasons on, having returned to fitness following an ankle problem.
"Hopefully I can bring that experience," he added.
"These last seven games are going to be really hard for the boys, but there are a few old heads in there.
"Dundee United are really flying. It's going to be a hard one.
"They had a wee sticky patch and Houstie's (United boss Peter Houston) got them out of it.
"The boys that are there have good quality, but we're all ready for it."
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