Boss wants his side to remain positive

Stenhousemuir's Kevin McKinlay and East Fife's Scott McBride. Pic by Alan Murray.
Stenhousemuir's Kevin McKinlay and East Fife's Scott McBride. Pic by Alan Murray.

THERE will be no doom and gloom around Bayview according to Billy Brown after the Fifers fell to their third defeat on the bounce.

In fairness, Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Stenhousemuir was tough on East Fife who carved open more than enough chances to take the three points.

Scott McBride had given them a deserved lead before a stunning strike from Bryan Hodge pulled the Warriors level with the same man adding a late winner.

Boss Brown said he couldn’t have asked for much more from his side.

He said: “I was really disappointed not to take anything from the game.

“The team did really well, we came under a lot of pressure but I thought we handled it ok.

“Then they scored a brilliant goal to make it 1-1 which you can’t really do anything about.

“We definitely deserved to take something out of the game, but there will be no negativity.”

The result damaged East Fife’s play-off hopes and now sees them sitting six points off the pace as the Mail went to press.

However, the fact the Fifers are still in the hunt for a slot shows how far the club has progressed, according to the manager.

“When I took over we were bottom of the league, so to get a promotion play-off spot was always going to be hard,” he said.

“It always causes a dent when you get beat, but there’s no time for the despondency which is sometimes around East Fife.

“We lost on Saturday but we’re more than capable of winning this Saturday.”

At the weekend East Fife travel to face a Brechin City side who have won five out of their last six games and are undefeated in 2013.

The only points they have dropped recently were at the hands of the Fifers when the two played out a 2-2 draw at Bayview in January.

“The game at Methil was a cracker,” said the manager.

“They’re going well just now and look to have one of the play-off spots, but we’ll go up there looking to get something and be positive.”

Gareth Wardlaw will miss out.