Thom wants Fifers to start on the front foot

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New East Fife recruit Gary Thom says his side’s sights are set firmly on Brechin City after Saturday’s derby day defeat.

Thom was sponsor’s man-of-the-match at the weekend as his solid performance kept the lively pairing of Ryan Wallace and Ryan Thomson largely quiet.

Dunfermline's Chris Kane and East Fife's Cederic Tuta challenge for the ball.

Dunfermline's Chris Kane and East Fife's Cederic Tuta challenge for the ball.

Only a second-minute penalty separated the sides at Bayview and it was Wallace who returned to haunt his old side with the match winner from the spot.

After the game, though, Thom said the side will now go all out to secure their first league win of the new season at Glebe Park and urged his team mates to make sure they get off on the front foot.

Thom said: “The first half (against Dunfermline) wasn’t great.

“We did well in the second half but didn’t seem to get the breaks in the box that we needed.

“I think as a team, in the first half, we didn’t start quickly enough.

“I thought the penalty was soft as well but after that it gave them a lift and we didn’t match them at times.”

He added: “Next week at Brechin we’ve got to make sure we start the game right.

“We’ve got to go up there on Saturday and pick up the three points.”

Thom has impressed since joining the club on a free from Stirling Albion.

“I’m enjoying it here, there’s a good bunch of boys at the club,” he told the Mail.

“This season, we really want to to play as well as we can and see where it takes us.”

The defender was booked during the Pars game and reckons he was a bit hard done by.

He said: “There were a few challenges going in from the Dunfermline players but the first one I really made was a booking.

“There was a second challenge but I got my toe to the ball, so I wasn’t worried about that.”