NO MAGIC CURE FOR PARS, SAYS JEFFERIES
Manager Jim Jefferies is not about to employ a witch doctor in a bid to end Dunfermline's home hoodoo as his side battle relegation from the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Without a home win all campaign, the Pars trail relegation rivals Hibernian by six points ahead of Saturday's clash with Aberdeen at East End Park in their penultimate fixture in Fife this term.
All four of Dunfermline's wins have come on the road, but Jefferies will not be looking to try anything unusual to end the home hex.
"We've got to do it ourselves, that's the bottom line," said Jefferies, who has two points from four matches in charge since succeeding Jim McIntyre as boss last month.
"All that stuff you look into, trying a spell or something, whatever it is, we've not got time to do that, we've got to do it ourselves.
"If we get enough wizards on the pitch on Saturday that should take care of it."
The Pars scored four times last week at St Mirren, but slack defending meant they had to settle for a 4-4 draw, moving a point closer to 11th-placed Hibs, who lost to Kilmarnock a day later.
Rather than rue two points dropped, Jefferies, who had described the trip to Paisley as a must win match, focused on the positives.
"There's a wee bit of light at the end of the tunnel and what we've done is extend that last opportunity from last week to this week," Jefferies added.
"If Hibs had have won it would've been virtually all over. If we had lost it would've been virtually all over, but now we've extended that wee hope we had for another week.
"We must win on Saturday. It's at home, we must win, put some pressure on Hibs and we'll see how they handle it on Sunday (at St Mirren)."
Dunfermline could be without defender Jordan McMillan (thigh) and forward Liam Buchanan (back spasm), while winger David Graham (knock) is yet to train this week and could also be missing for the Dons clash.
Meanwhile, Jefferies does not believe Aberdeen counterpart Craig Brown's decision to announce departures from his squad and field young players will be of benefit to the Pars.
"I'd rather he played the other boys," Jefferies said.
"When you get young players or fringe players coming in they're all eager to do well and an unknown quantity.
"I'll be telling the boys to concentrate on ourselves."
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