Boss wants players to remain positive

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Bayview boss John Robertson has reasured his team that even the best sides can hit the skids and go on a bad run of form.

Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Brechin left the Fifers at the foot of Division Two with the manager again admitting a lack of confidence and a nervousness is seeping through his squad.

The side’s current winless run is behind the problem, but the manager has urged his men to keep their heads up and work hard to find a way out of the mire.

Robertson said: “When I was playing, we went on an unbeaten run of around 26 games at Hearts and you went into every game believing that you were going to win.

“But there were other times when you lose three, four or five games and you wonder where your next win is coming from.

“The only thing you can do is work hard at training and make sure you’re doing the right things and build confidence from that.

“When you look at the Falkirk and Cowdenbeath games, with a little bit of luck we could have been three or four goals up, but then we lose a goal and you see the confidence going.”

East Fife were due to play Aberdeen last night (Tuesday) as the Mail went to press.

Attention will then turn to Saturday’s visit into the central belt to face a Stenhousemuir side performing well so far this term.

The manager said: “Davie Irons (Stenhousemuir manager) is going for the league this year and they have a big budget.

“There are players there who we tried to sign but we couldn’t even compete with half of what they’re paying.

“They have a really good mix of youth and experience with players like Paul McHale, Eric Paton and Stuart Kean.

“They’ve started well and are in a position that we’d like to be in ourselves, but we will go there and be positive.”

The manager expected to sit down with trialist Chris Innes on Monday evening, believing he may only be available for the next two league games, should a deal not be reached between the parties.

John Ovenstone and Steven Campbell should be in contention for Saturday’s game.