Fifers enjoying a Brown bounce

East Fife welcomed back Collin Samuel at the weekend.
East Fife welcomed back Collin Samuel at the weekend.

THE arrival of new boss Billy Brown has proved just the tonic to East Fife’s stuttering start to the campaign.

That’s according to midfielder Scott McBride, who reckons he and his team-mates have been put back on track by the former Hearts assistant.

Brown has had an immediate impact at Bayview, guiding the Fifers to two wins on the trot – a 3-0 win at Albion Rovers followed up by Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Arbroath.

“It’s all down to confidence,” said McBride, who sent a stunning strike past Scott Morrison for East Fife’s second goal.

“The gaffer has come in and there’s a wee buzz about the place now at training.

“We’ve always known that the quality is here.”

McBride has been in and out of the side since his move to Bayview over the summer, but says he hopes his goals and performances can help him land a regular slot in the starting XI.

“My main objective is to work hard and stay in the team,” he added.

“If I can keep scoring goals like that, then that can only help me.”

Methil boss Brown was also quick to hail McBride’s effort, saying that the curler was “good enough to grace any game of football.”

Brown added he felt the side could have been “four or five goals up” at half time and praised the contribution made by man-of-the-match, Bobby Barr.

The East Fife boss said: “Although Arbroath came back I thought we showed great determination and I can’t remember our ‘keeper having too many saves to make.

“Bobby Barr has the skills and in the first half in particular they (Arbroath) really struggled with him.

“Steven Campbell was injured during the week but I thought our defenders did well again and battled away at the back.

“I’ve only been asking them to do the things that defenders should be doing.”

The Fifers are expected to continue negotiations with Collin Samuel this week after the forward returned from a period abroad to appear as a trialist.

Samuel had trained during the pre-season with East Fife until an issue with red tape halted him making a permanent move to Bayview.