Boss Durie falls ill

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THE drama at Bayview didn’t end after the final whistle, as manager Gordon Durie was taken to hospital after feeling unwell.

Durie fell ill shortly after doing his after-match press conference and approached the club’s medical staff.

Club physio Brian McNeill said that, after looking over the manager, it was decided that he should be taken to hospital as a precaution.

The boss was kept in for observation before being allowed home on Sunday evening.

Further tests are expected to be carried out on the manager this week, the club physio added.

However, there were no signs of what was to happen just a few moments later when Durie carried out his after-match press duties.

He said he’d been relatively happy with the scoreline and performance, particularly on the back of a dire 3-0 derby defeat at the hands of Cowdenbeath.

The manager said: “We didn’t start too well but, after the Cowdenbeath game, I’ll take that point every day.

“We had a go at them after the Cowdenbeath performance but I was much more happy with the commitment and desire.

“That was the reaction we were looking for.

“They didn’t cause us too many problems and we created a couple of chances ourselves in the second half.

“They’re one of the strongest sides in the league and I expect them to be among the teams challenging for the title at the end of the season.”

This weekend, the Fifers head to Brechin, and the boss has pointed out Darren Smith as being key to any hope of bagging the three points.

He said: “We missed Darren at Alloa and then he only managed 20 minutes against Cowdenbeath.

“I don’t like to single out players but he’s been excellent for us and he showed against Queen of the South what we miss when he isn’t playing.”

East Fife are expected to welcome back Steven Campbell and Craig Johnstone for the visit to Glebe Park at the weekend.

The club has also announced it has extended the deadline for season tickets until September 22.