Crawford praises Euan Murray ahead of Queen of the South tie

Stevie Crawford has given praise to versatile defender, Euan Murray, ahead of a crucial away fixture against Queen of the South today. Jake Gray reports.

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The Pars boss has admitted that his side have missed the former Raith Rovers man in the first half of the season, and has spoken about the importance of Murray’s versatility.

“What’s evident is that Euan has been a miss this season in terms of, and I’ve said it before, he’s a man. He doesn’t hide from anything.

“He played against Morton in a (midfield) role, for 65 minutes when he wasn’t fully fit. He was thrown in there and then he played at left back against Dundee. Dundee flipped to a 4-4-2 to try and get themselves back in the game and they brought on fresh legs but he didn’t buckle under that.”

Crawford also praised Murray for helping the squad pull together during tough matches, and has spoken positively about the 26-year-olds attitude since making his way back into the team after a four month absence.

“Euan’s got a knack of being able to bring the boys together during difficult spells in games and he’s been one that we’ve missed this season.”

The Pars will be full of confidence following last weeks win over Dundee and find themselves just one point outside the promotion play-off places. However, the Pars boss is fully aware of just how close the league is at the bottom as well as the top.

“We’re seven points off Inverness in second place and we’re only six points above (bottom placed) Partick.

“Other than Dundee United, every other manager will be saying the same: how do you get that consistency to go on that run that will take you away from the bottom of the table?”

Both Lewis Martin and Tom Beadling look likely to return from injury for tomorrow’s game at Palmerston as the Pars look to win their second game on the bounce.

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