Bayview boss has total belief in his side

Gary Naysmith heads clear during East Fife's 2-0 defeat at the weekend.
Gary Naysmith heads clear during East Fife's 2-0 defeat at the weekend.

One look at the League Two form table makes pretty miserable reading for East Fife fans.

The side has been beaten three games on the bounce and have won just once since the end of September.

There’s no dressing things up, it’s not going well for the Methil men at the moment – but gaffer Gary Naysmith has backed his young side to dig themselves out of their troubles.

A collective lack of confidence, the Bayview boss says, is behind the current run of poor results.

However, Naysmith knows there’s more than enough quality on the club’s books to slam the brakes on the losing streak and reverse the side’s fortunes.

At the weekend East Fife slipped to defeat at Clyde, with Scott Ferguson’s double keeping the three points at Broadwood.

Naysmith said: “I’m very disappointed with the result.

“The performance was a bit better than the Queen’s Park game but we just weren’t ourselves.

“There’s no doubt about it, we’re in a rut just now.

“It was pretty obvious to me playing against Clyde that a lot of the players are low on confidence.

“That’s not surprising, it’s something that all players go through but with us it’s happening to a few of them all at once.

“If you look at lads like Ryan Goodfellow, Scott Mercer and Declan O’Kane, this is their first season as being regular starting players so going through this is something new to them.

“Scott Mercer had a great start to the season but then his confidence dipped and it seems to have gone through the whole team.”

A lack of confidence, the boss said, is impossible to coach better but Naysmith and his backroom staff will be doing everything else they can to help guide the young side through it.

“This squad of players are the same players who started the season so well,” he said.

“The run isn’t down to formations; I think people can read too much into things like that.

“It’s just simply down to the confidence of individuals.

“When you lose that you don’t want the ball and everything just seems a bit harder.

“But we can’t make excuses, it’s just not been good enough from myself or the players.

“The Elgin game was different because we played well, but the last two games just haven’t been up to standard.

“The only way to get the confidence back is just to work through it and stay together.

“I’m actually really looking forward to training this week because things have been a bit disrupted over the past couple of weeks with the weather.

“This week I’ll get the chance to work with the players on a few things because we have to turn this around.

“I have every confidence we will because I really believe in this group.”

On Saturday the Fifers host Montrose.

The Gable Endies have been on a poor run of late too, suffering four league defeats from four before drawing 1-1 at home to league leaders Annan last night.

The Fifers will go into the game without Kevin Smith who has significant bone brusing and will be out for a month.

‘Keeper Joe McGovern has damaged his medial ligament training with Dundee United so will not return to the club.