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ROBERT Sloan has called on his team-mates to turn Bayview into a fortress to help secure a crucial promotion play-off spot.

The Fifers racked up three points on Saturday over Forfar in the first of three scheduled home fixtures.

Sloan’s first half double at the weekend set the Fifers on their way to a 4-0 win, with his man-of-the-match performance coming almost a year to the day after he suffered a horrific knee injury which ended his 2010-11 season.

The 29-year-old midfielder told the Mail: “Before the Forfar game we had something like nine out of our last 15 games still to play at home.

“The manager has told us that, if we can’t get automatic promotion, then we’ve got to make sure that we’re in the play-offs.

“We’ve got three points against Forfar and we know that if we can keep winning our games at home then we can end up there.”

Sloan has had to wait patiently to break back into the Fifers’ starting side after gradually working his way back from a serious knee injury.

“I had to rest fully for around eight or nine weeks,” added Sloan.

“When I eventually came back it took a lot longer than it probably should have but I feel 100 per cent now.

“The manager just told me I had to bide my time because the boys who were out there were doing well.

“But I’m happy to be getting my chance now.”

Sloan’s impact in Saturday’s game was crucial, with his penalty kick and stunning strike from just outside the area settling any Fife nerves within 15 minutes of the kick-off.

“I thought it was a really good team performance and it was important to get the three points at home,” said the midfielder.

“My second goal was a good strike.

“The manager is always saying to me to just hang off the edge of the box to pick up anything that comes out.

“For me personally it’s great to be back playing and getting that confidence back up.”

Manager John Robertson said he expected to shuffle his side to use his full squad ahead of the weekend, with Darren Smith, Craig Johnstone and Scott Dalziel all expected to feature.