Clear the air talks held after Arbroath defeat

Craig Johnstone battles to win back the ball.
Craig Johnstone battles to win back the ball.

A “full and frank’ discussion has been held between East Fife boss Gary Naysmith and his players ahead of this weekend’s game against Ayr.

The Fifers find themselves in second bottom spot in League One after Saturday’s defeat at Abroath.

Liam Buchanan put East Fife ahead only for the side to fail to build on that with a poor second 45 allowing Arbroath to go on and win the game 2-1.

The win for the bottom of the division Red Lichties sees them now sitting just a point behind the Methil men.

Naysmith admitted he felt his side would take three points from Saturday’s game on the back of two decent performances, despite defeat, against Rangers and Stranraer.

The Bayview boss said: “There’s an honest group of players here and we’ve had an honest and frank discussion.

“They let everybody down with that second half performance.

“We seem to have these discussions when things are not going right and there’s only so much talking you can do.

“At some stage you’ve got to go out on the pitch and start delivering.”

Naysmith said he spent the weekend “self-analysing” himself and was looking to start fresh for Saturday’s visit of the Honest Men.

“You need your players to do the same,” said the boss.

“You need your players to be hurting the way I’m hurting.”

The boss said it was now up to the side to put in the effort on the training ground as they look to escape the relegation zone.

He said: “There’s nobody else got to get us out.

“It’s me and the players and we have got to rally round.

“You can only change it by working hard.”

Ross Brown remains sidelined for the visit of Mark Roberts’ side, who picked up a stunning 5-0 win over Stranraer las weekend, at Bayview on Saturday.