Stevie Crawford says Dunfermline know what’s needed over the next few weekends as they sweat on the fitness of Crystal Palace loanee Scott Banks.

The talented midfielder hasn’t featured since going off with a knock in the 0-0 draw with Hearts earlier this month. It’s too early for Pars manager Crawford to say whether the Crystal Palace loanee or fellow midfielder Iain Wilson will be fit for this weekend’s vital Scottish Championship match with Queen of the South.

The Crystal Palace kid and Wilson are concerns for Dunfermline boss Crawford.

The Crystal Palace kid and Wilson are concerns for Crawford. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Dunfermline need to win all their remaining matches to give themselves a chance of the promotion play-off spots and Crawford knows it: “Needing victories rather than draws will mean that over the next day or so we need to look at it. We have just got to start winning games but that is not any different – we have not been going into games looking to draw games.

“I think these are three games that are winnable but they are very very tough games. We know what we need to do. The result this week against Dundee was not what we were looking for but I can’t be disappointed with the effort and commitment that the boys showed. They were tested defensively, they had to dig in at spells.

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“I thought in the first half that we created chances, even a couple in the second half but not enough to force them under enough pressure to go on and win the game. It is just that belief that we will turn the corner and try and get into these play offs.”

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