Cup game featured Fifers at their best

METHIL; 'EAST FIFE FC SQUAD 2011; ROBERT SLOAN'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
METHIL; 'EAST FIFE FC SQUAD 2011; ROBERT SLOAN'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
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John Robertson says he’s happy with how his side’s fortunes have turned around in the year he’s been at the club.

The current boss took over the helm at the end of October last year and has overseen a quite dramatic 12 months, which have included relegation battles, promotion play-off surges and shock cup wins.

Robertson’s side advanced to the fourth round of the Scottish Cup on Saturday with a crushing 5-0 win over East Stirlingshire, a performance he reckoned showed his side “at its best”.

And the manager said he hopes his men can take that performance back into the club’s league campaign - starting on Saturday against Brechin.

Speaking after the win, the manager said: “We’ve been a bit up and down in the league this season.

“We’ve had a good talk with the players about improving on last year and we’re doing that.

“We have gone further in the league cup, that’s us through to the next round of the Scottish Cup, and we’re also just outside the play-off spots in the league.

“This time last year, we were bottom.”

The manager said he was delighted with his side’s showing at the weekend, highlighting their attitude against the men from Division Three.

He said: “We told the players they’d be coming here and approaching the game the same way we did against Dunfermline, Aberdeen and Kilmarnock.

“So we had to keep the tempo high, and credit to them, they did that.”

The win was capped off by a Robert Sloan cracker, and the former Hearts man says he’s relishing being in the next round of the cup.

Sloan told the Mail: “Some of the boys want one of the junior sides that are left, but I want a Premier League team at home.

“They’re great games to play in and great for the fans.

“We‘ve beaten those teams already this season, so we know we can do it again.”

The midfielder said he was happy to get his name on the scoresheet on Saturday and was also glad to see others chipping in.

“We’ve maybe been relying a bit too much on Ryan Wallace this season, so it was good to support him a wee bit.

“We went four games unbeaten last month but have lost the last two, so we want to go up to Brechin on Saturday and get our run going again, and get back into the play-offs.”

East Fife will be without Scott Dalziel for the clash, while David Muir also suffered a knock on Saturday.