Gary Naysmith said Saturday’s 4-1 hammering of Montrose was the side’s best result of their season - but not their best performance.
Nathan Austin’s hat-trick and Scott Mercer’s terrific finish gave East Fife what looked to be a comfortable win over Paul Hegarty’s side, helping them to the top of League Two.
But Naysmith said the performance wasn’t the best, though he refused to be negative on his players after they went top of the league.
He said: “I don’t want to be negative on my lads because they’ve come to a team that’s won all their home games and only conceded one goal, so for us to win and score four goals, the boys deserve an enormous amount of credit.
“In the first half, to be honest, I thought Montrose edged it. They won more of their individual battles.
“Their front two gave our centre halves as a hard a time as they’ve had all season. I thought their centre halves were getting the better of Fash up until he scored and I thought the lad McCord in the midfield was winning his battles. So right through the spine of our team you’d say we were losing our battles.
“We were creating a bit going forward but Montrose looked a real threat. For us to come in 1-1 at half time we were really happy. We changed it a bit and put Kyle up front with Fash. Obviously we got the goal early then they got a lad sent off.
“From where I was and speaking to Kyle, he said he had caught him but he didn’t think it was a sending off and I’d have been pretty upset if one of my players had got sent off. We’ll maybe look at it and take it back. That sending off changed the game and Scott
“Mercer’s scored a brilliant goal. Fash will get the headlines for his hat-trick but I thought Scott was the best player on the park. He’s been our best player this season.”