Let’s regroup and focus ahead of crucial Ayr tie

Scott McBride gets into a tangle. 1714301
Scott McBride gets into a tangle. 1714301

East Fife’s players will this week regroup and focus on securing their place in the League One relegation play-offs.

First team coach Dougie Anderson has said that, following the weekend’s defeat to Brechin, the focus for his side now is to pull together and give their hopes of staying up one final push.

The 2-1 weekend defeat, coupled with bottom placed Arbroath’s defeat by the same scoreline to Dunfermline, means the race to stay up will come down to the final game.

Neither side has home advantage with Arbroath at Airdrie and East Fife at Ayr.

The Methil side will go into Saturday’s game a point ahead of Arbroath but with a worse goal difference.

Anderson said the club’s destiny is in its own hands.

“The players are down, we knew the circumstances before the game if things had went for us,” he said.

“But we didn’t capitalise on that and gave a goal away from a set-play.

“That’s something we’ve working on.

“The one positive after Brechin was that things could have been worse .

“Results elsewhere went for us.

“We need to regroup and dust ourselves down because it is still in our own hands.

“It’s a difficult game ahead but we’ve got to go and try to get a result; it’s as simple as that.

“We have to go down there with the guys on board and hopefully get over a couple of injuries as well.

“That group of players have a fantastic attitude but against Brechin we lacked a bit of quality.

“We just need to keep working hard, be positive and give it absolutely everything we have on Saturday, that’s all we can do.

Lewis Barr and Ross Brown are still missing from the squad but Kevin Rutkiewicz, who failed a late fitness test on Saturday, should return.