Fifers relishing visit to league leaders

David Muir and Craig Johnstone celebrate the opener.
David Muir and Craig Johnstone celebrate the opener.

LEAGUE leaders Queen of the South may be undefeated so far this season, but Sunday’s visit to Palmerston holds no fears for East Fife.

That’s according to midfielder David Muir, who says the Methil men are on a high after crushing Forfar 3-0 at the weekend.

Muir opened the scoring for East Fife before Scott Smith and Paul McManus finished the job.

It was a much-needed win for the Fifers, who still find themselves sitting second bottom of the division on eight points.

However, Muir reckons the victory could be the spark needed to kick-start the season.

He said: “We know we have a group of boys here who can do well but it just hasn’t really been going for us this season; hopefully, this win will change that.

“We’ve got a challenge to look forward to by going down to Palmerston, where Queen of the South haven’t been beaten this season.

“It’s a run that we’re looking to end and there’s no reason now why we can’t go down there and get the three points.”

Muir conceded that his goal was a long time coming this season and says he’ll be looking to add more as the weeks go on.

“I’ve not been scoring as much recently and I’m usually pretty good at set-pieces,” he said.

“But I was delighted to get the goal and the three points.”

The club is still without manager Gordon Durie, while assistant Gordon Chisholm also left recently, meaning team affairs are being handled by the coaching staff of Brian McNaughton and Bob Malcolm.

Muir, now one of the more senior players at East Fife, was delighted to secure the win for their absent manager.

“Since the gaffer has been away we’ve been wanting to do well for him,” he added.

“He’s been on the phone and we want to dedicate the win to him.

“He’s our manager and still a big part of this club as far as we’re concerned.”

East Fife head to Palmerston on Sunday this week, as the park is being used on Friday night for a Scottish schoolboys fixture against Northern Ireland.

The Fifers travel to Dumfries with no fresh injury worries.