Everybody Looks Forward To Three Points Off The Hibs
17 September 2011 11:42
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If the Pars limit the number of their mistakes they must be due a win over struggling Hibs Dunfermline manager Jim McIntyre wants his players to focus on cutting out costly individual errors if they want to see the side climb the SPL table. The Pars welcome bottom club Hibs for Saturday's lunchtime kick-off and do so having conceded seven goals in their last two outings. The players should not relax just because Hibs are mis-firing. Last weekend's 3-2 reverse at Rugby Park followed a 4-2 loss at home to Motherwell. These set-backs after a bright start underline that the team have to deliver quality every week and no team can coast in the top flight. McIntyre is keen that momentary lapses in concentration in defence are eradicated to avoid undoing the impressive work at the other end of the pitch. He said: "There were a lot of positives to take from last weekend. I was delighted in the manner in which we played and I actually think it was our best performance in terms of going forward. We know that we made individual mistakes, which cost us the game. But in terms of creating chances and passing the ball we were excellent. That doesn't matter when you've come away with nothing, though. As a manager all you can do is highlight the individual mistakes. You show them and you tell them, but nine times out of 10 the player knows himself exactly what he's done wrong when you show him on the video. Leaving Kilmarnock without any points at all was a hard one to take. But we've got to take the positives from that and take it into the next game." Dunfermline have been hit with a spate of injury worries ahead of today's game. Martin Hardie, who missed the trip to Kilmarnock with an ankle injury, remains unavailable and recent signing Craig Easton is also doubtful for the weekend after sustaining a shin injury in Ayrshire. They are joined by Kevin Rutkiewicz, Nick Phinn, Steven McDougall and Steven Bell, who will all also be sidelined with injuries. McIntyre added: "The injury situation hasn't got any better and Craig Easton is also now struggling. He's 50-50 and the list from last weekend is still the same - Hardie, Rutkiewicz, McDougall, Phinn and Bell, who is obviously long term."