BAYVIEW boss John Robertson says he’s growing frustrated by his side’s inability to take points from teams above them in the league.
The Fifers again came unstuck against one of the division’s top dogs on Saturday when Stenhousemuir plundered three points from Methil in a 3-1 win.
The result pushed East Fife out of the league’s play-off zone and Robertson was again left to ponder what might have been.
The manager said: “We were targeting Saturday’s game against Stenhousemuir as a good chance for us to close the gap, but they’ve ended up pulling further away.
“The four teams above us in the league are all teams we haven’t beaten and that’s hugely disappointing.
“If we had managed to beat those teams, then we’d be challenging for the title, but we didn’t, and that’s why we’re sitting in mid-table.
“We know what our targets are for the season but we still need to find that consistency.
“The players themselves don’t know why they can’t seem to get that consistency either.
“I was speaking to Davie Irons (Stenhousemuir manager) before the game on Saturday and he was telling me that, at home, they’ve been playing well but haven’t been able to do it away from home.
“He doesn’t know which team is going to turn up from week to week, and that’s kind of the same with us.”
Robertson reckoned slack defending cost his side on Saturday and urged them to get mean at the back.
He said: “The annoying thing from myself and Gordon’s point of view was the goals we lost were all a bit soft.
“We’re working very hard to score goals but, at home in particular, we seem to leave ourselves exposed.
“We work hard at training but I think we really need to toughen up at the back.
“We’ve shown against the likes of Albion, Airdrie and Aberdeen that we’re capable of it. We just have to do it more often.”
Matthew Park suffered what appeared to be quite a serious injury during Saturday’s game, with the manager still waiting to find out its severity as the Mail went to press.
However, the boss did confirm that on-loan Hearts man Park was on crutches and had received treatment at his parent club on Sunday.
Scott Dalziel is another still on an injury list which has now added Andrew Cook and Craig Johnstone to its ranks.
Another name unlikely to appear on an East Fife team sheet for a few games at least is Lloyd Young, who has signed a month-long loan deal with Third Division Montrose.
“Lloyd has had shingles recently and will go to Montrose and play for a month,” said the manager.
“Unfortunately, we’d agreed to the deal before all the injuries hit us.
“But we’ll weigh up our options this week and prepare to do battle against Forfar at the weekend.”