EAST Fife boss Billy Brown is still holding on firmly to the hope that fortune will soon turn in East Fife’s favour.
The gaffer was still deeply dismayed on Monday by the weekend denial of a clear penalty at Ayr, which changed the complexion of the game and pushed the Methil men even closer to the relegation trap door.
But Brown said he was going into this week’s matches with a positive outlook, as his players had performed well at Somerset Park and in no way deserved to lose.
Liam Buchanan had cancelled out Scott Durie’s 15th minute opening goal for the Fifers, before the penalty controversy arrived late in the game.
Bobby Barr looked to have been unmistakably bundled over in the box, but referee Don Robertson rejected the appeals and yellow-carded Barr for diving.
“It was a shocking decision,” said Brown. “From the resulting lack of award, they went up the park and scored the winner.
“There was a goalkeeping error, but it was such a bad, bad decision.”
Brown added: “East Fife appear to have run of out luck recently.
“The team played well on Saturday – we were winning comfortably enough and had a couple of chances to finish it, against a decent team. Then we lost a couple of late goals – it’s so disappointing.”
Ahead of yesterday’s (Tuesday)trip to third-placed Brechin City, and this Saturday’s visit to Forfar, who are also pressing for a play-off place, Brown said the Fifers simply had to do well.
Saturday’s 2-1 loss had left them still without a win since January 5 – but the level of recent performances meant the mood was positive.
“We just have to keep plugging away and I am sure our luck will turn,” said Brown.
He also paid tribute to the supporters, who had shown tremendous “will and heart” in following the side.
Darren Smith was likely to miss the Brechin trip, but David Muir was back after suspension.
There had also been questions over Paul Willis’ continued availability, but Brown said he would be at East Fife for the rest of the season.