STAND-in Fife boss Gordon Chisholm rightly hit out after watching this lacklustre display as the Bayview team went down 2-1 to Albion Rovers.
Chisholm once again took dug-out duties owing to the illness of boss Gordon Durie but was left frustrated at his side’s showing.
The fixture was identified pre-match as a great opportunity for the Fifers to notch their first league win of the season, with Albion having failed to nab even a point so far this term.
But, despite taking a second-minute lead through a Scott McBride free-kick, the home side were unable to build on it and shipped the three points after a Jordon Forster own goal and a Kieran Brannon strike.
Following the game, Chisholm said: “In the first half we did well and played some good stuff but, when they scored, the heads went down and we folded.
“We just stopped playing and I’m disappointed with the attitude we showed when they got back on level terms.
“The goals we lost were bad from our point of view.
“Overall, I’m really disappointed.
“It was a home game and one which we should be winning.”
East Fife got off to the perfect start when McBride sent his free-kick high past Ryan McWilliams.
It was looking good for the Fifers, who continued to press, with Paul McManus unlucky to see his header drop just wide.
East Fife handed debuts to loan signings Scott Smith, Forster and Paul Willis, and all three showed up well.
Smith in particular impressed at left back and fired more than a few telling crosses into the Albion box.
Albion’s equaliser came against the run of play when Michael Brown saved a Brannon shot and the ball cannoned off Forster, ending up in the back of the net.
Gareth Wardlaw almost put the home side back into the lead with a header.
But it was the visitors who netted next, when Brannon drilled home from inside the East Fife box.
East Fife – M. Brown, Forster, S. Smith, Campbell (White 82), Durie, Willis, Sloan, D. Smith (R. Brown 82), Wardlaw, McBride, McManus (Jamieson 32).
Albion Rovers – McWilliams, Russell, Marriott, Stevenson, Donnelly, Innes, Reid (Stevenson 88), Boyle, Crawford, Brannon (Philips 82), Crooks (Howarth 90).
Attendance – 514.
Referee – K. Clancy.
Starcheck ratings – M. Brown 3 points, S. Smith 2, Sloan 1.
Starcheck table – Michael Brown 11, Darren Smith 7, Robert Sloan 6, Scott McBride 4, Darren McCormack 3, David Muir 3, Collin Samuel 3, Scott Smith 2, Ross Brown 1, Steven Campbell 1, Gareth Wardlaw 1.