No point setting targets, says boss

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NO points’ targets will be set by Bayview boss John Robertson as his side enters the second quarter of the season.

However, the gaffer admitted he felt winnable points have been dropped throughout the first nine games of the term, and conceded that the club’s position at present wasn’t ideal.

The manager told the Mail on Monday: “Everybody would agree the league campaign has been disappointing so far.

“You look back at the 6-0 game against Dumbarton, which came on the back of such a good performance against Dunfermline, and that was disappointing.

“But I’d also say that we’ve been unlucky in a few games on our travels as well.

“We could have picked up a win in the first game against Stirling, and then against Cowdenbeath, and Stenhousemuir we could have won.

“There’s no doubt that we have left points out there, but that’s one of those things.”

This Saturday will see the Fifers play their 16th competitive game of the new season, following the weekend’s 3-0 win over Albion Rovers, when Stirling Albion arrive at Bayview.

The Fifers will have to do without Scott Dalziel, who is suffering from a stomach problem and is expected to be missing for two months.

“It’s a disappointment for Scott because he’s had a stop-start beginning to his career at East Fife,” said the boss.

“But I’ve no doubt that once he recovers he’ll be a big player for us.”

A win over Stirling will see the Fifers leap-frog their opponents and could surge Robbo’s men into the top half of the table.

“We’ll not set ourselves any targets, we’ll just go into each game and try to get the win, starting with the first game of the second quarter on Saturday,” he said.

“Jocky Scott is a good manager, a great coach and is somebody I’ve worked under.

“He’s got a great mix of experience and youth at Stirling.

“Some people were tipping them to be relegated at the start of the season, but that’s an insult.

“They only had half a squad in the pre-season but that was down to their own design and is the same for a lot of part-time clubs. Jocky released a lot of players and a lot of people seem to forget that they’ve just come down a division.”