Fighting spirit hailed by boss

Stirling v East Fife''21/01/12
Stirling v East Fife''21/01/12

THE fighting spirit shown by John Robertson’s battling Fifers in their 1-0 win at Stirling has been praised by the boss.

Robertson’s men lost midfielder Darren McCormack early on in the fixture against the Binos, but, as can often be the case in football, the 10 men battled to snatch a precious three points, despite the numerical disadvantage.

The boss said: “If you ask any manager or fan, they’ll tell you that you always seem to get a bit more out of 10 men.

“As a manager, I would love to be able to bottle the strength and resilience the players showed on Saturday when Darren was sent off.

“The players worked really, really hard and kept the ball very well.

“It was unfortunate for Darren because, on another day, it may only have been a yellow, but we’ve no complaints about it really.

“We had to react to it and we did. We kept the two men up front and just went with a tight three in midfield.

“Once we got the goal, we felt pretty comfortable,” added Robertson. “Apart from one chance at the end when their boy should have scored, I don’t think they really troubled us.”

The Fifers were due in action at home to Albion Rovers last night (Tuesday), in the first of three fixtures to be replayed.

A trip to Forfar and a visit from Dumbarton have still be arranged, with the boss admitting he’s keen to simply get the points on the board.

“We knew before the Stirling game that we had to start picking up points,” said Robertson.

“Having games in hand is all very well but you’d much rather have the points in the bag.

“If we can pick up the wins in these games, then that would move us a lot closer to where we want to be.”

The manager told the Mail he expected David Muir to be fit for last night’s game, but revealed a skeletal issue the midfielder has may see him in and out of the team until the season’s end.

The problem largely affects the midfielder’s hips, meaning he has to wear supports in his boots to help ease the condition.

Darren McCormack will serve a two-game suspension following his sending-off but the side has no fresh injury worries.

Robertson added that, despite reported interest in forward Ryan Wallace from SPL and Division One clubs earlier this season, nobody has yet made any sort of approach for him.

The boss says he’s also still on the trail of new signings himself, possibly loan deals.