Don’t let Spiders loss dent our play-off hopes

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Gary Naysmith has called on his side to shrug off Saturday’s loss at Queen’s Park and not let it derail their play-off ambitions.

The Fifers were beaten for just the first time this calendar year at the weekend as they went down 1-0 at Hampden.

That run of results has saw the Fifers muscle their way into the promotion play-off zone.

But all good things must come to an end and on Saturday the record was surrendered at the national stadium.

The Bayview boss, though, says it’s important his side gets back on track straight away when they travel to face East Stirlingshire on Saturday.

He said: “We have to dust ourselves down.

“In previous spells when we’ve had a good run we’ve then gone on a bad run.

“But I’ve told the lads that a good team stops the bad run in the next game and that’s what we have to do.

“East Stirling have picked up another point (on Saturday) and have lost only once in their last six, which was against us.

“That was a tough game and we had to grind out the result.

“It’ll be very difficult for us.”

The boss said he was proud of the effort his players have shown him over the past month, as the squad has had to compete with injuries.

Ahead of the weekend’s game Naysmith will be doing all he can to ensure there are no further doubts.

“We’ve had five games in 14 days and been without Kevin Smith, Fraser Mullen for two or three, Caolan McAleer has missed the lot, Julen missed Queen’s Park and now we have Nathan Austin suspended. It’ll start to play on the same squad of players so we’ll need to alter our training accordingly,” said the manager.

“It’s going to have to be the same lads who go out on Saturday.”