Clyde 2-0 East Fife

Gary Naysmith's men went down at Broadwood.
Gary Naysmith's men went down at Broadwood.

East Fife slipped to their third defeat on the bounce and only hard graft on the training ground will get them out of their rut.

That’s according to assistant boss Dougie Anderson who says the side will return to training on Tuesday with the focus of getting back on track.

The Fifers have been out of sorts in recent weeks with the multitude of chances they had been creating in front of goal in previous weeks drying up.

But there’s no hiding place, and Anderson says everyone will pull together with the shared aim of chalking up an elusive win.

He said: “The only way we can come out of this is to work really hard as a management team and a playing squad and keep working, working and working.

“We’re not happy at all about how things are going but we’re a group; we’ve got to stick together.

“We were all together when things were going well in the first half of the season.

“There’s enough quality and experience to get out of this rut and help the young guys.

“The players have to work even harder on the training ground and then we’ll get there.

“When you’re confident everything comes easy but then simple passes become difficult and you lose the confidence.

“That’s how we look just now, we’re choosing the easy options and not getting our strikers through quick enough.

Gary Naysmith had said his Fifers looked to be lacking confidence when they were beaten 2-0 at home by Queen’s Park during the week.

So the gaffer rejigged his side, with Jamie Insall, Declan O’Kane and Jason Kerr handed starting shirts from the team which was beaten.

And the side reacted well, going toe to toe with Barry Ferguson’s on-form Clyde.

Both sides largely cancelled each other out during the opening exchanges although Clyde had the better of what was created.

Ryan Goodfellow was at his best to produce a fine double save from firstly Scott Ferguson and then Scott Durie.

Former Fifers Durie clearly fancied his chances of scoring against his old club and stung Goodfellow’s palms with a drive from distance.

At the other end Naysmith deployed a two man strike force with Insall partnering Nathan Austin.

The worked well together without being given too much to feed off.

The hosts took the lead 10 minutes before the break with a real piece of quality.

Chris Smith’s deep ball into the box was met flush on the volley by the ever impressive Ferguson who this time gave Goodfellow no chance.

East Fife looked to get back at Clyde but just lacked that wee bit of creativity to cut their hosts open.

Against the run of play it was almost 2-0 when David Gormley chanced his luck with a speculative effort from 35 yards.

Goodfellow had to scramble but did enough to palm the goalbound effort away.

The Fife keeper was by far the busier of the two goalies and was at his very best again when he tipped a Ferguson drive onto the post.

East Fife boss Naysmith shuffled his pack and introduced Pat Slattery and Fraser Mullen from the bench.

The change rejuvenated the Methil men and with 75 minutes gone had their best opportunity to score.

Allan Walker’s through ball found Austin but the normally lethal strike dinked his effort over John Gibson but past the post.

The win was wrapped up for the home side in the closing minutes when Ferguson drilled an outstanding long range effort into Goodfellow’s top corner.