SEAN Murdoch was thrilled to put his injury hell behind him last weekend – but even more pleased that Dunfermline were able to end their ‘pointless misery’.
The keeper, virtually an ever-present in the League One winning side last term, had been sidelined since pre-season with a wrist injury that could only be healed by rest.
But the former Hamilton Accies and Hibs goalie returned to the starting line-up for the first time since April in the must-win clash with St Mirren last Saturday.
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The 30-year-old did not get the clean sheet he wanted to kick-off his campaign – but was at least able to celebrate the end of five straight defeats as the Pars prevailed in a ding-dong 4-3 victory.
He told Capital City Press: “I declared myself fit for the St Mirren game and everything went fine, and we got the win as well, which was important.
“I feel good and every day I’m getting sharper.
“You’re always in the stand watching the guys and you want to be out on the pitch. I’m more relieved than anything to be back playing and it was good to cap my first game back with a win.
“When you go five league defeats in a row it’s tough; when you’re down the bottom of the table it’s tough.
“But we managed to get the win and we need to try to go on a wee run.
“If you can manage that then you never know you could be back in the play-off positions. It’s incredible, it can all change in a matter of a few weeks.
“We just need to make sure we get more wins on the board and not let things slip again.”
The East End Park men come face to face on Saturday afternoon with last season’s rivals for the League One title, Ayr United, and Murdoch fully expects another fierce battle against a side who pulled off a shock 2-1 win over Hibs a fortnight ago.
He added: “For them to go to Easter Road and win is a massive result for a part-time team. And I heard they did well against Falkirk last weekend.
“They’ve got good players, pretty much the same squad as last season but with a couple of additions.
“It’s a tough place to go and we just need to make sure we’re up for it and try to get the three points.”