STEVIE CRAWFORD has urged his side to finish their regular season on a high tomorrow night and build further momentum for their play-off tilt.

After an afternoon that he described as “an emotional rollercoaster” against Arbroath on Saturday, Dunfermline’s 4-3 win ensured they will finish no lower than fourth in this season’s shortened Championship.

Having been no lower than third all season, defeats at Dundee and Raith Rovers in late March saw them drop to fifth and face the prospect of missing their pre-season target.

However, an unbeaten run of five matches since – including victories in their last two – have secured a Premiership play-off quarter-final with a game to spare.

Defeat for nearest challengers Inverness at champions Hearts means the fifth-placed Highlanders are four points adrift of the Pars with one game remaining.

For Crawford’s men, that is at already-relegated Alloa, and they could even finish third if they win and Dundee lose at Queen of the South, with a three-goal swing in Athletic’s favour.

By the final whistle at the Indodrill Stadium, Dunfermline will know whether it’s Dundee or Raith Rovers they’ll face in the first stage of the play-offs.

The first leg takes place on Wednesday evening, with the return the weekend after this, and Crawford insists he wants to go into them with another victory under their belt.

When asked if he could shuffle his pack for the Wasps clash in preparation for the play-offs, he said: “We’ll fully focus on the Alloa game.

“There’s a feel-good factor of having won two games of football in a row. We want to keep the momentum going, we want to win the game, but I think you’ll be fully aware that there’s been guys missing out with injuries in recent weeks.

“Some of them did start training towards the end of last week. We’ve not had any setbacks with them at this moment in time, so we’ll be picking a team try and win the game against Alloa.

“Whether it’s right that some boys go back into the team, or we stick with the team that won on Saturday, is a different question.

“We’ve still got decisions to make. We’re hopeful that we’re going to have a full squad to choose from.

“Fraser Murray picked up a knee injury at the weekend; he came on quite late in the game and there was one where he took a nasty knock. Whether it comes too soon for Fraser Murray, I don’t know, but other than Ryan Dow and Lewis Martin, we’re hopeful we’ve got a full squad to choose from.

“It’s not trying to be too clever in the team selection because it’s the feel-good factor of having won against Queens and Arbroath in recent weeks that we want to continue.”

With seven goals in their last two games, the Pars might have found their shooting boots at the right time, and Crawford was quick to to praise his strikers.

Declan McManus, Kevin O’Hara and two-goal Craig Wighton all found the net against the Lichties, and the head coach added: “If you asked all three of them, they’ve enjoyed the last couple of games and got that feel-good factor that other people are giving them the ball to allow them to express themselves going forward.

“From within that, then you get a spring in your step and you actually start doing the defensive side more naturally and you don’t feel it as hard because you’re enjoying your football going forward.

“It’s a win-win situation with that. They’re in a good place but it’s about not getting carried away.

“It (the system) does leave us a bit more open to the opposition attacking as well but the creative side has been there to see the last two weeks.”