Cheap goals hurting our play-off hopes

Billy Brown
Billy Brown

EAST Fife’s defensive frailties are continuing to cost the club points.

That was the admission from Bayview boss Billy Brown after he watched his side go down 2-1 on Saturday to Forfar.

Successive East Fife managers have complained about the side’s ability to throw cheap goals away, and the current gaffer in no different.

“The first goal we lost was a bad goal,” the manager said.

“We’ve lost several goals like that now when a centre forward has managed to get free inside the box.

“I think we’ve lost about five goals like that in the last three games.”

The loss was cruel on East Fife and has hit their promotion play-off hopes hard.

The Methil side sit six points off Forfar now, but will be looking to get back on track this weekend when they travel to Stenhousemuir.

Despite the defeat, boss Brown said he was content with his side’s showing on the back of last week’s loss at Stranraer.

He added: “I thought that was the best we’ve played in three weeks, but we let ourselves down in the final third.

“In the last 10 minutes we looked more dangerous and I thought we deserved to get something out of the game.

“We passed the ball about well, we tried to create and play the right way.

“In general we played some good football, there was a bit of promise there, but their front two did better than our front two.

“Willis had a free shot from eight yards and hit it at the ‘keeper and Bobby Barr should have scored, he’s blasted it when all he has to do is place it and that was at 0-0.

“In that spell we were well on top and playing well.

“But what we’ve got to take from it is that the team played a lot better than it has been playing lately and, once we put some finishing touches to that, we’ll be alright.”

The Fifers are expected to be without Gareth Wardlaw for the weekend’s game.