Durie confident about massive match

East Fife 3 - 1 Brechin'March 24 2012''Ryan Wallace 3rd celebrations
East Fife 3 - 1 Brechin'March 24 2012''Ryan Wallace 3rd celebrations

CHARACTER and confidence from their last couple of games will propel East Fife boldly towards this Saturday’s crunch encounter with Stenhousemuir.

A win over David Irons’ men will finally put the Fifers back where they’ve wanted to be all season – among the play-off battlers.

And, if they get there, the mission will be to stay in that top four.

Back-to-back away victories – which delighted manager Gordon Durie – were secured on Saturday as Ryan Wallace blasted a hat-trick at Brechin for a 3-1 win.

His treble overturned Stenny’s potentially troublesome opening goal, a week after the Fifers had crushed Dumbarton 4-0.

“Winning games like these breeds confidence and the players had been looking forward to the Brechin game,” explained Durie.

“It certainly showed in their performance. They displayed a bit of character too after going behind – we’ve been losing the first goal in a few games, so we were very pleased with the comeback.”

The Fifers are on the very edge of the promotion slots, level on 41 points with Stenhousemuir but kept out only by the Warriors’ superior goal difference.

Stenhousemuir lost on Saturday to struggling Albion Rovers, while fellow play-off adversaries, Dumbarton, folded against leaders Cowdenbeath.

Those results were undoubtedly a help, allied to the Fifers’ fine score at Brechin, although Durie said they wanted to do as much as possible for themselves.

Victory at Bayview this weekend is crucial for both sides. The Fifers want to extend the good run they’ve hit at a critical time of the season, while their opponents will be wounded by Saturday’s defeat and eager to push the Fifers back.

“If things go for us as they have in the last couple of games, we’ll not be far away,” said Durie.

“Hopefully we can get a good couple of nights’ training this week and everybody will be looking forward to the game on Saturday.

“The ambition this season always was at least to get to the play-offs and the boys have responded very well.”

Durie should have a largely full squad to choose from, with only Steven Campbell sidelined.