We need a win

Gary Naysmith v Omar Kader
Gary Naysmith v Omar Kader

Despite the season still being very much in its infancy, Steven Campbell says he knows the importance of Saturday’s trip to Stranraer.

The defender, who has only recently returned to the club following a spell of injury and a period coaching in America, was part of the Fife side which was dragged into a relegation battle last season.

And Campbell says he wants no return to that grim situation, so has his eyes on plundering all three points from the trip to Stair Park next weekend.

Speaking following Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat to Forfar, Campbell said: “It’s a massive game.

“They’re down there with ourselves already.

“We don’t want to be down there early doors so we need to pick up the three points and get away.”

Saturday’s loss at home to Forfar saw the Fifers drop to second bottom spot in League One.

Campbell admits that the loss was difficult to take - but insists there is more than enough quality in the Fife dressing room to start picking up results.

He said: “It was disapointing losing the game because you look at our team and we thought we could beat them.

“We’ve got the players to do it, but we just never performed.

“They scored and when we got our equaliser we thought we’d maybe push on from that, but when we came out in the second half we struggled.

“We didn’t battle and keep the ball in the way we should have and they got on top of us in the end.

“When they got their second goal our heads went down and we struggled.

“In the last 15 minutes we took control of the game a bit but by that time it was too late.”

A bad looking face injury to Gary Thom in the second half saw Campbell introduced from the bench.

The defender has had a tough time with injury already this season but says he’s raring to go again for the Fifers.

“I’m delighted to be back,” Campbell told the East Fife Mail.

“It’d been a long time coming and I missed pre-season because I was out in America coaching with a player who used to be here.

“I got injured when I came back as well.

“But I’ve been training hard, it’s been good, and I played in a reserve match the other night - I’ll be looking to get some minutes under my belt in another game this week.”

He added: “I really enjoyed the coaching out there.

“I was trying to keep myself fit so to come back and get injured was a bit disapointing.”

There has been a quick turnaround in the playing staff at Bayview since Campbell set off for the States at the end of last season.

The management team has also changed, along with the introduction of new board members, but Campbell says he’s enjoying playing with the new faces in Methil.

“It’s great,” he said.

“The French boys and all the other new boys who have come in all get along really well.

“There’s a good team spirit and we work really hard and we all get on well.

“We just need to start taking it on to the park which I’m sure we’ll do - but we need to start doing it rather than saying it.