Golden chance to bag first victory

Gareth Wardlaw in the thick of the action.
Gareth Wardlaw in the thick of the action.

SATURDAY’S visit to Bayview by bottom dogs Albion Rovers presents East Fife with the best possible chance to get their first win of the season, says assistant boss Gordon Chisholm.

Rovers are themselves without a win so far this term and have failed to hit the net in three league outings.

With manager Gordon Durie still on his sick-bed, assistant boss Chisholm took the side for the visit to Brechin on Saturday.

And he admitted the Fifers failed to meet the standards expected of them in the 2-1 defeat.

Speaking to the Mail on Monday, Chisholm said: “We were poor, particularly in the first half.

“We lost two very bad goals; you just can’t give away goals like that, no matter what level you’re playing at.

“We gave ourselves a lot to do.

“I’d hoped we would have started the game the same way we ended the Queen of South game but it never worked out like that for us.

“In the second half, I thought we were a lot better and there was more urgency.

“We kept the ball well and had a lot of possession but we’d given ourselves far too much to do.

“But, looking over the 90 minutes as a whole, we’ll need to get our standards up.”

The assistant boss told the Mail he’s still unsure if gaffer Durie will be fit enough to return to the dug-out this weekend when Todd Lumsden brings his Albion side to Fife.

Albion have really struggled so far this term and Chisholm says he hopes the Fifers can continue to pile on the misery.

He said: “If we want to be up there at the end of the season, challenging for the league or the play-offs, then these are the game we’ve got to be looking to win.

“It’s a home game for us and it will be an ideal opportunity to get our first win of the season.”

Darren McCormack suffered a knock in Saturday’s loss at Brechin but he’s expected to have recovered in time for the weekend.

One player who looks as if he’ll miss out, though, is Craig Johnstone, who is still trying to recover from an injury picked up during the Rangers cup tie.

“Craig took a knock and it seems to be taking longer than we expected to clear up,” said Chisholm.

“He’s probably still going to be a couple of weeks away yet.”

Striker Collin Samuel continues to miss games owing to on-going issues with paperwork.