It may only be the first week of the New Year, but already East Fife FC are beginning to talk about ‘must win’ games of football.
It’s probably an indication of the club’s sticky position heading into 2016.
Sitting in sixth place in League Two, the Fifers are in no-man’s land.
Just five points separate them from where they are and the promotion play-off zone.
A couple of good wins in the coming weeks and it’s game on.
At the same time just six points are all that separates them from the division’s bottom spot and a scrap against relegation.
That’s unthinkable at Bayview, and the club’s longest serving player, Stevie Campbell, says it’s time the sleeves were rolled up and the Fifers again hit a spell of good form - starting this weekend when Berwick visit.
He said: “The last couple of seasons we’ve gone on good runs after Christmas time so we’re looking to do the same again.
“It seems to be the story of the past couple of years that we string some wins together.
“That would get us back in the top four.
“But Elgin are eight points ahead of us at the top so we have to do it quickly.
“We have to win this weekend or else we’re also going to be looking at the opposite end of the table rather than the top.
“We have to kick on next week.”
Saturday’s loss was a disappointing one to take.
To be fair, conditions at Bayview were terrible as both sides had to compete against a strong, swirling wind.
East Fife had it at their backs in the first half but struggled to use it to their advantage.
Elgin City, themselves no stranger to playing in difficult conditions on their home patch, were able to make a better fist of things and scored two well worked goals.
Campbell added: “It was frustrating.
“The conditions weren’t great but in the first half we played fairly well but didn’t take our chances.
“But we had to go in one or two up because the wind was terrible and we knew we’d be up against it in the second half.
“The game should have ended 0-0.
“The gaffer said they only had two chances so that’s disappointing.”
The real frustration around Bayview at the moment is the side’s inconsistency.
Seven days previous the Fifers turned in as good a performance as any will this campaign when they beat Stirling 3-1 away from home.
“That was a good performance against an in-form team and we thought we were going to kick on, “ added Campbell.
“But that’s how the league works.
“One day you could be at it and the next you’re not.
“We weren’t great against Elgin but we should have won at least a point.
“Elgin done the dirty work better than us.”
It’s been a difficult campaign so far for Campbell who has struggled to make his presence felt in the side due to a series of niggling injuries.
“I’ve had a poor season to be honest,” he said.
“I had an operation in the summer, got back fit but then tore the ligaments in my ankle. Since then I’ve just been in and out.
“But hopefully I can keep my fitness and help the boys out.”