EAST Fife boss Billy Brown was convinced his side would have claimed all three points at Forfar on Saturday had they not been reduced to 10 men and conceded a penalty, half an hour in.
The Fifers were 2-0 up when Darren McCormack saw red, and although Brown had no real complaints over the incident he was sure it was a turning point.
He told the Mail: “We scored two good goals and we looked dangerous on the break.
“Obviously the sending off turned it. I’m certain we would have held on and won the game. The penalty from that made it 2-1, which made it difficult for us.
“Darren let the ball bounce and the boy got on the blind side of him and he’s turned and brought him down. Whether it was a goal-scoring opportunity, because he was at an angle, I don’t know, but I can’t really blame the referee for sending him off to be honest.
“They played well and pegged us back in the second half. It’s a disappointment, but saying that they are above East Fife in the league and I felt it’s a game we would have won if we had kept 11 men on the park
“When I took over, the team was bottom of the league but now we are disappointed we are not going up and beating Forfar so I suppose it shows the progress.”
East Fife are in action again today (Wednesday), against Arbroath at Gayfield. The hosts sit just above the Fifers in the league so a positive result is needed to keep in touch with the rest of the play-off spot contenders.
Brown, who had the players in training on Hogmanay, said he expected a difficult game but hoped to have one or two, of those missing on Saturday, back.
The Fifers then play bottom side Albion Rovers at Bayview on Saturday and Brown said it’s another game his side is hoping to win.
Meanwhile with New Year signalling the opening of the transfer window Brown refused to rule out any additions to his squad but added he would only sign those who could make a difference.
He added: “We’re hoping to fix up Jordan Forster and Paul Willis. We are in the process of talking to their clubs about that.
“I’m not bringing anyone in that isn’t better than what we have got at the minute and at this time of year that’s difficult, but you never know.”