East Fife boss pleased with starting XI, but admits subs are impressing as well

Kevin SmithKevin Smith
Kevin Smith
Darren Young says it’s up to his starting XI to make sure they keep hold of their jersey now the league season is resuming.

Recent performances have been pleasing and the Fifers travel to Partick Thistle aiming to make it back to back league wins.

But while those who have been picked to start have done well enough, Young has been impressed with the impact made by some of his subs, including Thomas Collins and Liam Newton, in recent matches.

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Those guys are itching now for a start, and that pleases the Methil boss.

He said: “The guys who came on on Saturday all did very well.

“Young Liam Newton again did great, winning a couple of balls, making a few flick ons and getting himself forward.

“Twice he was unlucky when he got to the box, it just didn’t fall for him.

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“It’s great overall, we’re really happy with how things have shaped up over the last wee bit.”

East Fife’s last league game saw them see off Dumbarton 2-1 at Bayview.

They now aim to build on that.

Looking ahead to Partick, Young said: “It’s going to be similar to the Inverness, Hearts and Raith games.

“It’s a full-time team we’re up against so we’ll go there and set our stall out.

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“We know how we want to play and again, the guys who have the jersey now, it’s up to them to keep it.

The Methil men are expecting Danny Swanson to return to training this week but is still a couple of weeks off a return to the starting XI.

Ryan Wallace, who came off at half time against Inverness with a rib injury, is expected to be available for the trip to Firhill.

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