Boss wants to see his side get more ruthless

Craig Johnstone and Nathan Austin celebrate with goal scorer Liam Buchanan.
Craig Johnstone and Nathan Austin celebrate with goal scorer Liam Buchanan.
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Willie Aitchison has called for his side to develop a killer instinct after watching them dominate teams in recent weeks.

Despite the Fifers having the best of possession against both Arbroath and Stranraer over the past two Saturdays, they’ve been unable to find the net during these spells.

The Methil men shipped three points at home to Stranraer as Stephen Bell’s injury time winner wrapped up the points for the visitors.

The Fifers created more than enough chances to add to Liam Buchanan’s equaliser with Stephen Hughes, Pat Clarke and Cyrus Moosavi all going close.

Aitchison knows the Fifers must start putting the opposition to the sword if they’re to pick up league wins.

He said: “We can’t fault our game plan or fault our football - it’s the finishing that’s killing us.

“If we’re finishing we could have gone in two or three up at half time (against Stranraer) and then coming back out and it’s a 4-2 or a 5-2 result for us.”

The manager admitted that Saturday’s loss was difficult to take, saying he reckoned his side had been the better over the 90 minutes.

He said: “If we don’t take chances when we’re up in the game and on top then that’s what happens.

“I thought we dominated from start to finish and their manager apologised at the end of the game.

“That doesn’t give us any credit for the three points though.

“But I can’t fault the young boys’ efforts.

“They maybe ran out of legs a bit towards the end.

“We were looking to get some early pressure on them but lost a sloppy goal.

“We went 4-3-3 right from the start and I thought we dominated from start to finish.”

This weekend East Fife travel to Forfar with Paul Willis still missing with an ankle injury.