Fifers face an unknown quantity in play-offs

Gary Naysmith and Dougie Anderson
Gary Naysmith and Dougie Anderson

East Fife will face an unfamiliar foe tonight (Wednesday) as they look to preserve their League One status in the play-offs.

Gary Naysmith’s men travel to Broadwood to face Clyde after they finished in second bottom spot despite going down 4-1 to Ayr on Saturday.

Airdrie’s defeat of Arbroath means the Fifers survived at the Red Lichties’ expense.

Annan and Stirling Albion will compete the other play-off, with boss Naysmith saying the club’s from the same division have a slight advantage over his side and Clyde.

He said: “We need to get the side organised now ahead of the Clyde game.

“When you play the likes of Ayr you play them four times in a season but Clyde are an unknown quantity for the players.

“We’ve had a scout out covering their game so we’ll get a report from him and then brief the players on how Clyde play and how we go.

“It’s important that the players come back in and pick themselves up and go again.

“We need to get the players into a positive frame of mind ahead of the game.

“Our normal week is a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

“But we’re in on Monday and play Wednesday.

“The players will be back in for a recovery session on Thursday and then it’s the next game on Saturday.

“That means there’s an extra day for the players.

“But they’re happy enough with that.

“They realise that if they play the Wednesday they need to come back in so we can deal with any niggles or anything needing treated.

“The players have had to travel down to Ayr on the Saturday, then play Wednesday at Clyde and then the game on Saturday.

“We need to make sure they’re as prepared for the second leg as we can.”

Stephen Hughes should return from illness.