More new faces expected for Fife

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WITH the January transfer window wide open, East Fife boss John Robertson says he expects to add to his ranks in the coming weeks.

The manager, who has already brought Darren McCormack and Neil Janczyk to New Bayview, told the Mail on Monday that his window shopping is far from over.

Robertson said: “We are still having a look to see who is available, but the problem with trying to find players in January is most of the good ones are already signed up.

“I’d like to add another couple, and I’m pretty sure we will get one or two from Hearts later in January, when they know what they’re doing.

“Neil Janczyk is a player I’ve been a big admirer of for some time.

“He’s not played for seven weeks after falling out with the management up in Brechin, but both myself and Gordon (Durie, assistant manager) think he’ll give us that creativity that we’ve been missing at times.

“Darren McCormack is a big signing for us.

“He’s had a few well documented problems at Hibs but is a Scottish under-21 international.

“He can play in various positions, I thought he did very well at centre-back against Falkirk.

“He can play at right back and he also played in central midfield against Cowdenbeath.”

The manager reckoned the Fifers’ second-half performance during Saturday’s 2-0 Scottish Cup defeat against Falkirk was more to the standard he expects.

The Methil men went down to first-half goals from Darren Dods and Farid El Alagui, but pressured the men from Division One in the second 45 and were unlucky not to pull one back.

“The first goal we lost was soft from our point of view,” he said.

“We speak to the players about sticking with their man until the ball is completely cleared, but the man who was supposed to mark Darren Dods didn’t do that.

“We had a good chat at half time and then brought on Steven Hislop to give us a bit of muscle up front, and he did that.

“We went on to have a good 15-20 minute spell when we thought Darren McCormack was held back in the box and a couple of our shots ran along the goal line.

“If we could have scored one of them, then it could have been a different last 20 minutes.”

This weekend, attention turns back to league duty, with promotion chasing Arbroath due to visit Bayview.

Although the Red Lichties will be keen to nab the three points to stay on Cowdenbeath’s tails, the manager said he too has his eyes on the win.

He said: “We have 20 games left and there are still enough points to play for to get us where we want to be – in the promotion play-off positions.”

Both Darren Smith and David Muir suffered back injuries against Falkirk, with Smith the least likely out of the two to make Saturday’s game.

The manager said he expects forward Scott Dalziel to complete his return from long-term injury by taking a place on the bench at the weekend.