Boss wants the Fifers to get more ruthless

East Fife's Nathan Austin gets in his cross despite Mark Baxter's challenge.
East Fife's Nathan Austin gets in his cross despite Mark Baxter's challenge.

Bayview boss Willie Aitchison says he wants to see his side develop a mean streak and start to pick up more League One points.

The Fifers have looked impressive at times this season with their free-flowing, fluent, passing play.

However, Saturday’s defeat to Forfar has left the Methil club sitting second bottom of the league, with the boss admitting he may be forced to mix things up, calling for his side to be a lot more “ruthless”.

The Fifers went down at the weekend 3-1 at home to Forfar, and Aitchison said: “We’re trying to overplay.

“We’re dropping points needlessly I think.

“I’ve spoken with Robbie (Neilson, East Fife player and coach) already about the severity of what could happen if we keep doing that.

“We maybe need to change things a bit and stop being so nice with the football and start being a bit more ruthless in certain areas.”

The boss admitted he was angry with the manner of the defeat at the weekend.

“We worked on a lot of things at training about getting into the second third of the pitch very quickly,” he said. “But we just didn’t do it.

“We were taking balls to the right back just outside our box and I was wanting them 30 and 40 yards up the park.

“The game plan was to get higher up the park and play forward rather than across and get Cedric, Liam and Nathan on the ball quickly.

“There were flashes in the first half when we did it and were cutting them open and it worked well.

“But we just weren’t doing it enough.”

This weekend the Fifers make the long journey south to face bottom of the table Stranraer.

Gary Thom was taken to hospital following Saturday’s game with the defender losing a tooth following a collision during the second half but may recover in time for the trip to Stair Park.