East Fife boss calm ahead of crucial games

Darren McCormack is up for the challenge
Darren McCormack is up for the challenge
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BILLY Brown says he will go into East Fife’s double header with Albion Rovers and Stranraer in relaxed mood.

The Methil side were again left frustrated on Saturday when Arbroath snatched all three points with a late winner at Bayview.

The result was sore on Brown’s side who had dominated for long spells of the game but still weren’t able to grab the win.

Stranraer’s 3-2 win over Albion Rovers saw the Fifers slip to second bottom of the league, but experienced manager Brown insists there will be no panic at Bayview ahead of the forthcoming fixtures.

He said: “In football you need a bit of a break but over the last period we haven’t really had anything.

“When I was at Bradford we played Arsenal, Man United and Chelsea in a few days, that was a wee bit different, so I’m not too flustered about Albion Rovers and Stranraer.

“But everything is relevant I suppose.

“There’s no point in getting down in professional football because nobody feels sorry for you.

“The players have just got to get themselves out of it now.

“I’ve given them everything I can and it’s up to them.”

The boss rung the changes for Saturday’s game with ‘keeper Michael Brown brought in to replace Calum Antell, while a shift in system was also made.

However, the side was once again undone by a poor piece of defending as Graham Bayne grabbed a late winner.

“With eight minutes to go we lose a goal from a corner; a lack of professionalism all round, that’s all it was,” said the boss.

“We changed things around, I thought we looked half decent at times without looking really dangerous I’ve got to say, but to lose a goal like that was just disgraceful and it’s not the first time.

“We’ve just got people not doing jobs and that’s all there is to it.

“Calum Antell, as far as I’m concerned, hasn’t done very much wrong but when you’re losing games you’ve got to change something, so I changed the goalie and changed the system.

“The goalkeeper justified the decision with a good penalty save.”