Boss warns of complacency

The only thing stopping East Fife ensuring they secure the final promotion play-off spot will be complacency, according to boss Gary Naysmith.

East Fife continued their stunning start to 2015 at the weekend as they came from behind to see off Annan 2-1.

The win means Naysmith’s men have yet to be beaten in 2015, have picked up 15 points and now sit just a point off fourth placed Annan with a game in hand.

The great form is in stark contrast to a stuttering 2014 when East Fife found themselves unable to string a decent run of results together.

However, the manager has warned his side not to get carried away with themselves and to continue to press on with their promotion push.

He said: “I wanted to win the league at the start of the season but, after we were beaten by Arbroath, in December we were only on 20 points.

“So realistically the goal became to get into fourth place and we’re now well on target to do that - we just need to keep going.

“The only thing that will stop us from getting there will be our own complacency.

“We can’t allow ourselves to think all the hard work is done - we’ve done nothing yet.”

The Annan comeback was typical of a renewed spirit in the East Fife ranks at the moment.

East Fife dominated large parts of the game, but it was in the second half that they impressed with goals from Nathan Austin and Derek Riordan ensuring the poinst stayed in Methil.

The manager said: “I thought we were ok in the first half and were the better team.

“At half time we told the players just to relax and continue to do what they had been doing.

“Then the second half was possibly the most impressive I think we’ve been since I came to the club as a player and then manager.

“We just camped out in their half and finished the game really strongly.”

The finishing of games well has been another trait of East Fife recently, with late surges helping to also secure wins over the likes of Albion Rovers and Montrose in recent weeks.

Naysmith praised the contribution assistant boss Dougie Anderson has had on the squad’s fitness.

He said: “The fitness levels are a credit to Dougie Anderson.

“He came with a lot of ideas for pre-season and I only changed a couple of wee things.

“The players will say that the training was really hard but really good and we’re getting the rewards for that now.

“Pre-season is the one thing that I’d say we got really right.”

East Fife were due to play Elgin as we went to press with the manager saying he has been impressed with City’s recent run of form since Jim Weir took over.

The game will be the last that Derek Riordan can play as a trialist for the club.

Naysmith said an offer has been made to the former Celtic and Hibs man but at the time of going to press this had not been accepted.

On Saturday the Fifers then make the journey to Hampden to face Queen’s Park.

“I’ve spoken to a lot of managers in this league and they’ve all talked about the difficulties that teams have playing on the Saturday when they’ve played midweek,” said the boss.

“That’s something that we’ll take into consideration when we’re picking our team for Queen’s Park.”