Loan signings helping us to turn the corner

Liam Smith celebrates with Allan Walker after scoring  against the Spiders.
Liam Smith celebrates with Allan Walker after scoring against the Spiders.

Gary Naysmith says East Fife’s growing squad is the reason behind the New Bayview club’s reversal of fortunes on the park.

After a stuttering start to their League Two campaign, East Fife are now firmly back on track and have taken seven points out of a possible nine.

The most recent point came on Saturday as Naysmith’s men played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with Queen’s Park.

Since the season started, the Methil boss had had added the likes of Jonathan Page and Liam Smith on loan deals to the squad, and reckons it’s the addition of these players which have helped the Methil side improve.

Naysmith said: “The competition for places has helped us.

“Liam Smith did great again against Queen’s Park and that’s the thing when you’re a young lad.

“Nothing bothers you, you just want to get the ball and get forward and he’s like that.

“Jonathan Page again was good.”

However, the manager said he expected more from those who have been at the club longer against Queen’s.

“I’m honest with the players and it wasn’t good enough from the likes of Allan Walker, Fraser Mullen and Stevie Campbell - that’s probably the worst I’ve seen them play.

“I think it was the only real time this season that we haven’t really had a go.”

This weekend the Fifers will make the journey to Montrose as they look to make it four league games on the bounce without defeat.

“I’ve never been to Montrose but people say that the pitch isn’t great,” said the boss.

“It may be one of the worst that we’ll play on so we’ll need to take that into consideration.”

The manager himself had to be pulled out of the Queen’s Park game after feeling a pain in his knee so may be unavailable for selection for the journey north.