Have the confidence to stay in the division

East Fife boss Billy Brown
East Fife boss Billy Brown

EAST Fife’s players have been called on to brush themselves down and get on with the task of keeping the club in Division Two.

Bayview boss Billy Brown says the side has shown enough in the past few games to suggest that they’re more than capable of coming through the relegation play-offs with their league status intact.

The manager was speaking after Saturday’s 3-0 loss to Brechin, coupled with Stranraer’s win at Stenhousemuir, confirmed the side will be playing in the end of season crunch deciders.

Brown says it’s up to the players to dig themselves out of their current position.

He said: “They know what’s at stake, they did well against Alloa, did well against Queen of the South and for the first half they did well against Brechin.

“We’ve just got to get on with it and have the confidence to do it.

“We can’t get our heads down.

“We are where we are, we deserve to be second bottom of the league.

“We’re in the position we should be in so they’ve got to fight their way out of it.

“If they’ve got it, they’ve got it, if not we’ll go down.

“They’ve got to get their heads up and do it themselves.

“I give them all the tools and I’m quite sure that if we can get back to the standard we can play at, then we’ll do alright.”

The Fifers will travel to Berwick for the first leg of the clash tonight (Wednesday) before a return fixture at Bayview on Saturday.

The manager reckoned his side was again out of luck at the weekend.

He said: “I ended up with six forwards on the park.

“The difference is that the breaks went to Brechin.

“And I’ve been there as well, I’ve been at the top of the league and everything goes for you.

“When you’re at the bottom it doesn’t.”