They may be separated by 14 league places, but Dunfermline manager Stevie Crawford and midfielder Kyle Turner know they’re in for a hard battle when they travel to Stranraer in the Scottish Cup.
The Blues are currently sitting bottom of League One whilst Dunfermline occupy the Championship’s sixth spot.
A familiar face to the Stair Park faithful, Turner moved from Stranraer to Dunfermline during the summer. He’s well aware of the threat his former side possess ahead of the game.
“I’m looking forward to it,” said Turner. “It’s going to be tough, they have a lot of experienced players who have played Championship level before.
“I know it’ll be difficult with the conditions down there. The pitch is heavy, it always is, so we know what we are in for.
“There are a few boys that have been down there before. As long as we do our work I think we’ll be fine. It’s the Scottish Cup though, so you need to be on your game.”
Dunfermline boss Crawford knows the challenge Stranraer present
The Pars will go into this match favourites, with just two defeats in eight games pretty decent form heading into the cup tie. Stranraer meanwhile have only picked up two league wins all season.
It’s still going to be a challenging tie according to Crawford, who is well aware that this competition is known for springing a few shocks.
He said: “It’s not going to be an easy venue to go to. We go down there in a confident mood as we look to win the cup tie.
“It’s a decent sized pitch. They’ll be competitive. I know from the Raith Rovers footage and a game I took in that they’ll be a threat at set-plays. They’re workmanlike and have boys who have played at a high level too.
“I thought we equipped ourselves really well in the League Cup and the boys have taken confidence from that. There’s a fine line though between confidence and arrogance. Kyle Turner has played down there and he’ll let the boys know they are in for a cup tie.
“It’s going to be a tricky tie but we’ve got to go down there and make sure we’re 100% focused.”