It’s time to knuckle down, says boss

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EAST Fife boss John Robertson says only hard work on the training ground will help ease the Methil side’s league troubles.

The Fifers are still in bottom spot after being beaten 3-2 at Cowdenbeath on Saturday, with the boss admitting some of his men are sadly missing a bit of confidence.

However, even the Fifers’ harshest critic couldn’t claim recent results were all of their own doing, with a real dearth of luck apparent on Saturday.

Robertson said: “A few of the players are lacking a bit of confidence and that’s just something you gain from doing the basics right in training.

“It’s about making the right decisions, picking the right passes and taking the right shots.

“The confidence will then come from knowing you can do these things in a game.”

Looking back to Saturday’s game, the manager cursed his side’s luck, with Cowdenbeath’s goals coming after a shove on Scott Durie, an own goal, and a wicked deflection.

“I was happy with the performance and I don’t think we deserved to lose the game,” said the manager.

“But we’re just getting no luck at all right now.

“In the Falkirk game, we hit the bar a couple of times and on Saturday, we hit the bar again, while their ‘keeper made a couple of decent saves.

“When the game went to 1-1, you could see our confidence suffered.”

This Saturday sees Brechin City visit Bayview, with the manager saying it presents a good opportunity to rack up a few points.

He said: “We’re disappointed with our start to the season and I think they will be with theirs as well.

“But we see every game as an opportunity for us to get three points.

“It’s vital that we get something, because we can’t just decide that we want to ease ourselves into the season.”

The Fifers were scheduled to play a bounce game as the Mail went to press, with the manager expecting Paul McQuade and David White to use the session to win some vital match sharpness before the weekend.