Dumbarton V Cowdenbeath at Strathclyde Homes Stadium : Match Preview

01 March 2013 03:31
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Sons and Blue Brazil braced for survival scrap

Dumbarton goalkeeper Jamie Ewings is available to face visitors Cowdenbeath after three weeks out with a jaw injury in what is a crunch relegation battle at the bottom of the First Division.

Andy Graham continues to be absent due to a broken wrist while Garry Fleming (knee) and Nicky Phinn (leg) both face fitness tests.

Manager Ian Murray said: "If I could get one of them on the pitch it would be a bonus.

"This is a really big game between two sides who like to score goals and who both concede goals as well.

"A win lifts us above them in the table with a game in hand and that is a far better place than we were at the turn of the year, however we need to play very well to get the three points."

Cowdenbeath hope to have centre-back Thomas O'Brien available after he recovered from the illness which kept him out of Tuesday's abandoned match with Partick.

John Anderson is a doubt with a toe injury and Joe Mbu is struggling with a knee complaint, meaning O'Brien and new loan signing Jason Naismith look set to form the Fifers' central defensive partnership.

Dene Brett also returns after a knee problem however player/manager Colin Cameron (hamstring), Mark Ramsay (ankle), Liam Cusack (knee) and Pablo Navas (groin) all remain out.

Cameron said: "We were leading and on top of Partick when the game was abandoned (due to fog) so we will take heart from the performance.

"Dumbarton have improved under Ian Murray so we need to be on top of our game to win."

Source: PA