Willis focusing on task in hand

Paul Willis
Paul Willis

PAUL Willis is trying to put off-field distractions at parent club Dunfermline to the back of his mind as he focuses on lifting East Fife up the table.

The Pars’ financial problems have been well documented in recent weeks as the club struggles to survive until the end of the season.

Just last year midfielder Willis was playing in the SPL with Dunfermline, but this term has been loaned out to the Fifers where he has impressed with his positive forward running.

Speaking to the Mail after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Arbroath, Willis, who trains two days a week with Dunfermline and two nights with the Fifers, said he’s trying to focus on the job at hand at Bayview while the situation rumbles on at East End Park.

He said: “I’ve just got to get on with it regarding the wage situation there.

“I’m getting the same as the boys at Dunfermline even with East Fife paying.

“It is frustrating, but I’ve got to keep myself going, stay motivated and go into next week’s game for East Fife and help us win it.

“There are boys with mortgages there, I’m lucky enough that I’m with my parents, but we’re looking at the next two to three weeks and people could be out of a job.”

East Fife have a crunch double header coming up – first of all at Albion Rovers on Saturday and then Stranraer visit the following week.

The Methil side now sit in second bottom position in the division, but two wins will see things look a lot better.

Willis said he and the squad are determined to put a run of wins together.

“We heard Stranraer won, so this is it now,” he said.

“We’ve got to take nothing less than the six points from those games and end this run.

“It’s not been good enough.”

The Fifers were again left to rue a soft goal lost from a set-piece against Arbroath which allowed them to snatch all three points.

Willis said the Fifers deserved more from the game, but conceded the manner of the goals being given away must stop.

“We were in the game first half and the better team the second half.

“For 25-30 minutes we battered them but just didn’t have the cutting edge to put the ball in the net and didn’t make the ‘keeper work.

“But to lose the goal with a few minutes left, and conceding from another corner, it’s really hard to take.

“Everybody is frustrated.

“We’ve just got to stick together, try to rectify it, get behind each other, try to make sure these things don’t happen and defend better.

“The goal was from another corner and that’s been happening every week and we need to stop that.

“We like to pass the ball but we did go to getting the ball up the park but the conditions didn’t help.”