HARD work is the only solution to help ease the crisis in confidence which is sweeping through Bayview.
East Fife slipped to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of 10-man Stenhousemuir at the weekend, with assistant boss Gordon Chisholm admitting that “you could hear a pin drop” in the changing room after the game.
With no fixture this weekend due to the international break, some of the first team players will be given a run out in the reserve side as the club looks to get back into the winning habit.
Speaking on Monday, Chisholm told the Mail: “The only way out of this is to emphasise how hard we have to work.
“Some of the first team boys will play in a reserve game this week and we’ll get them together again on Thursday and try to get the confidence back.
“I couldn’t believe the result on Saturday.
“We had a mad 10 minutes, but there is no way we deserved to get beaten 3-0.
“But when we lost the first goal you could just see that the boys are lacking that wee bit of confidence.”
Chisholm admitted that on-loan ‘keeper Calum Antell was partly to blame for the first goal - but refused to be too hard on the youngster and said the Welshman would prove to be a quality signing for the Fifers.
“He made a bit of a howler on Saturday and the boy was devastated about it; he could hardly lift his head out his hands in the changing room.
“He’s come highly recommended to us and you could see on Saturday that he has the makings of being a very good ‘keeper.
“It’s all about how he reacts to that mistake now.
“Michael Brown has injured his calf and young Andrew Collier has had take painkillers to play for us.
“We just decided that it was best to bring in another ‘keeper to create some competition.”
Defender David White has left the club on a short term loan deal to Bo’ness, with Chisholm saying that the former Brechin man had asked for the move for personal reasons.