Boss points to crucial month

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Bayview boss John Robertson is hoping for a fantastic February to help force his side back into the promotion play-off zone.

The Fifers dropped points at the weekend after going down 1-0 at Stenhousemuir, a result the manager felt was harsh on his men.

During the week, though, the Fifers saw off a stubborn Albion Rovers side to ensure they stay within reach of the league’s top sides.

Speaking to the Mail on Monday, the manager said: “February is going to be a really big month for us.

“We’ll have three or four games at home and, if we can pick up points in those games, then it will take us right up the league to where we want to be.

“But – and I may be sounding like a broken record now – we have got to start being more ruthless, because we’re still creating chances but not taking them.”

The manager admitted Saturday’s 1-0 defeat was difficult to stomach, saying his side deserved to take something.

“I said to the players after the game that I’d have actually been disappointed if we’d only taken a point,” said the boss.

“In the first half, Paul McQuade and David Muir had really good chances and Michael Brown had nothing to do.

“To lose the goal was disappointing, but we responded well and absolutely battered them.

“Their ‘keeper had five, six or seven good saves to make and Craig Johnstone didn’t think he was offside when he scored.

“But I’ve got nothing but praise for the players and their performance.”

This Saturday sees Jim Weir’s Brechin City visit Bayview, with the men from the north not having played now for two weeks.

Robertson, though, says that may, or may not, play into his hands.

“It’s difficult to say because, sometimes, when you haven’t had a game, you’re rested and come out flying, whereas other times you’re a bit slow to get going,” he said.

“But we can’t worry about that; we’ve just got to worry about our own performance.

“We’ll have Darren McCormack back from suspension and Ryan Wallace should be back from his twisted ankle.”

The manager also added he’s still looking to get more out of Wallace’s replacement over the past couple of games, Paul McQuade.

“Paul has had to wait patiently for his chance,” he said.

“We know he can do better, he knows he can do better, and he’s still just lacking that bit of match sharpness.”