Fixtures key to revival

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EAST Fife’s three games in hand over their league rivals will play a pivotal part in deciding at which end of the league they’ll battle it out in the second half of the season.

Following on from Monday’s crushing 4-0 derby day loss at the hands of Cowdenbeath, manager John Robertson has pointed to the postponed fixtures against Forfar, Dumbarton and Albion Rovers as being make or break.

The Cowdenbeath defeat (action pictured) left the Methil side sitting in third bottom place in the league, but with nine points still up for grabs when the fixtures are re-arranged, the manager knows time is still on his side to see the club shoot back up the league.

Speaking after the defeat at Central Park, boss Robertson said: “If we win the three games, then we’ll be right back up in the promotion play-off area.

“But now we know if we don’t take anything from those games, then it’s a different play-off battle we’ll be in.”

The manager said he expects to bring in some new signings in the coming weeks, now that the January transfer window has opened back up.

Former Scotland under-21 cap Darren McCormack has already been brought in, with Mark Ridgers, Rob Ogleby and Matthew Park leaving this week to go back to their parent club, Hearts.

“We’ve brought in Darren because we need numbers,” said the manager.

“But we still need to go out and bring in another two or three players.”

The derby day defeat disappointed the manager, who said he felt his side was denied a “stonewall” penalty for a second half handball - just moments before Cowdenbeath netted their third.

He added: “Their first goal was absolutely unbelievable. Jordan Morton’s strike was enough to grace any game.

“I thought there was very little between the sides at that point and Bobby Linn had a strike which went just wide for us.

“But then Bobby switched off at a corner and we were up against it.

“We haven’t played a game for four weeks but we have trained well, so I’m not going to use that as an excuse.”

This weekend, East Fife travel to Falkirk on Scottish Cup duty without Scott Dalziel.