Mad week as Fifers are up for the cup

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JOHN Robertson has reflected on a crazy footballing week which saw his East Fife side knock out SPL opposition in a domestic cup, but still slipped up on league duty.

Following last weekend’s 1-1 home draw with Brechin, Robertson’s men sparkled at Pittodrie, where they beat Aberdeen on penalties to record one of the finest wins in the club’s history.

However, the side was brought crashing back down to earth again on Saturday, when a last-minute Stenhousemuir winner robbed them of a point - which actually could have been three if Ryan Wallace hadn’t passed up a great opportunity just moments before.

The manager said: “It’s been a funny week.

“We dominated the Brechin game and only got one point, but then put on a fantastic display against Aberdeen.

“That was a great result for the fans and I want to thank everybody who travelled up.

“But we looked really lethargic on Saturday, so had a word with the boys about getting the tempo up at half-time.

“We scored a brilliant equaliser - but then Ryan’s miss changed the game.

“There was no excuse for what he did - I don’t know why he didn’t try to head it in.

“That gave them a boost and they went right up the park and scored a wonder goal. We’ve gone from being in a position where we should have taken three points to taking nothing.”

This weekend, Dick Campbell’s Forfar side visit Methil, with the manager determined to get a confidence-boosting three points.

“They’re a side who tend to go for a bit of experience,” said the manager.

“But all we’ve got to be concerned with is getting three points.

“As I’ve said in previous weeks, there seems to be a lack of confidence and we need to get that second goal.

“I know my squad and I know what we’re capable of.

“If we can get the confidence up, then we can beat anybody.”

The manager also confirmed comments made by him on national radio last week - intimating he was considering leaving his post because of the time he’s spending travelling to and from his home in Inverness.

The manager also recommended that current assistant boss Gordon Durie was the man to take over the helm when he felt ready.

“I gave an honest answer to how I was coping with the travelling,” said the manager.

“I fell asleep at the wheel recently, and that’s not too clever.”