Brown baffled by Fife loss

East Fife boss Billy Brown.
East Fife boss Billy Brown.

Billy Brown couldn’t believe his side shipped all three points to second bottom Stranraer.

Both sides came into the game on the back of decent results at the weekend with the visitors having seen of high flying Alloa and East Fife taking out Ayr.

The Methil men absolutely dominated their visitors throughout the game - a fact not lost on Brown.

He said: “We battered them; if they’re getting on the bus home now then I think they should stop somewhere and get a lottery ticket.

“I can’t be hard on the players, they did absolutely everything we asked them to and tried to do the right things.

“We maybe switched off a bit for their goal but apart from that I thought that’s probably the best we’ve played in my time here.”

East Fife will do well to keep hold of Bobby Barr when the Livi-loan man’s spell at Bayview ends and the winger almost helped the home side towards an early opener.

He made quick work of marker Mark Staunton before feeding Darren Smith whose cross was inches too high for David Muir.

The home side had the better of the early play and were again unlucky not to snatch an opener when Collin Samuel set up Liam Gormley, only for his effort from the edge of the box to be turned away by David Mitchell.

Armand One resembles more a 50 something heavyweight boxer nowadays and the Stranraer striker wasn’t shy in throwing his considerable frame about.

The big man swatted off a challenge from Jordon Forster before firing in a low drive which Calum Antell did well to hold.

East Fife boss Brown said he wanted to give up the ranting and raving during the break after they returned to the dressing room two goals down at the weekend against Ayr.

So the East Fife players will have been in little doubt about what would be soon facing them shortly when the visitors took a first half lead.

The Fife defenders were caught out by Craig Malcolm’s good close control and the forward sent a fine chip over Antell and into the net.

The goal was pretty harsh on the home side who had dominated with Samuel and Barr in particular doing well.

But they did look vulnerable on the break and more than once were caught two-on-two at the back - with only One’s lack of pace preventing any real trouble.

The visitors seemed determined to defend their advantage and invited Billy Brown’s men onto them as the second half went on, with wave after wave of East Fife attack.

Barr again tried his luck, but with Stranraer defending in numbers, nobody was able to find a way to goal.