STEVIE CRAWFORD says that Athletic's awards double this week has added more "positivity" around the club - but admits he'd have happily traded it for three points.

The Pars head coach, and his captain Euan Murray, were rewarded for the team's terrific start to the season with the SPFL Championship manager and player of the month accolades.

From seven games played, Dunfermline have won six - three of which came in the Betfred Cup - and have drawn the other, at Ayr United on Saturday.

Tomorrow they welcome Clyde in their final Betfred Cup Group E encounter where a point will see them top the section.

If they win, and make it four wins from four, they will likely be one of the four group winners with the best records, and be seeded for Sunday's last 16 draw, alongside Celtic, Rangers, Aberdeen and Motherwell.

Crawford will freshen his side up for the Bully Wee's visit - he has Owain Fon Williams and Lewis Mayo on international duty - but took time out to praise his captain, squad and coaching staff.

"I think what's important for me is that one, Euan Murray is player of the month, and then for myself is that I would have swapped it for three points at the weekend!", he said.

"I think on that side of things it just brings a positivity to the club and gets people talking about everything we're working towards as a team. It's nice to get the award but my staff have played a massive part in putting this team together and the way that we work so we've just got to make sure we continue working hard and face the challenges that are coming ahead.

"Euan's a great lad. I'd probably go as far as saying that, if I was ages with him, he's the type of boy I'd want to have as a mate to hang about with because I think he's got a great balance to his life. When he comes into work, he works, but he's also very protective of people round about him.

"It's not been easy the journey Euan's been on, starting at Motherwell and then found himself going from a few clubs down south. He had a very successful spell at Raith Rovers and we're now reaping the benefits from him stepping up a level and he's consistently shown it this season what he's capable of doing."

Ahead of the game tomorrow, Crawford said it would come too soon for Aaron Comrie to return, and provided an update on the fitness of Lewis Martin.

"It's going to come too soon for Aaron; he's back running and doing work with Jamie, but I don't want to take any risks on Aaron with it being the second time he's went over on his ankle," he continued.

"Lewis Martin is going to be out for a lengthy spell, so he's going to have to do a bit of rehab, which is disappointing but at least we know where we're at with Lewis now, and Ryan Dow was back fit from the hamstring. He got through 30 minutes against Ayr at the weekend and he's played himself into contention to start at the weekend.

"With Lewis it's a problem that is coming from the calf. It's one of these things; I think there's other clubs that boys have suffered from the lockdown period. There's a few that have picked up longer, lengthy injuries, and unfortunately Lewis seems to be that one that has picked up something while he's been out running during the lockdown period.

"At least we know where we're at now and we've got Jamie (Sutton, physio) working on a daily basis with him. Lewis is a great boy. We offered him a new contract extension last year, and I thought he was terrific for us, and we've just got to make sure we're man managing him because he will have a big part to play in this club moving forward.

"We've got to make sure we put a team on that's capable of winning the game."