Massive games ahead for Fifers

East Fife players celebrate Scott Dalziel's opener
East Fife players celebrate Scott Dalziel's opener

EAST Fife will play “four cup finals” between now and the end of the season according to boss Gordon Durie.

The Methil side have put themselves in a strong position going into the last few matches and sit level on points with Airdrie in a tie for fourth place.

Their case was helped with a fine 4-1 away win at Forfar on Saturday, with Ryan Wallace and Scott Dalziel helping themselves to a brace each.

And now the manager wants their good run to continue to help secure a play-off spot.

Speaking to the Mail on Monday, Durie said: “We’ve said to the boys that we have four cup finals now between now and the end of the season.

“The play-offs are where we want to be, so it’s all about what we do until the end of the season.

“Dumbarton went on a great run but seem to have lost some form.

“We play the bottom teams in the last few games but that carries it’s own difficulties.

“We’ve got Albion Rovers this Saturday and, like Forfar, they’re another side who are fighting for their lives.

“They’ve never made it easy for us any time we’ve played them, so I expect a difficult one on Saturday.”

The manager admitted that he was delighted with his side’s showing at Station Park, and heaped praise on striker Dalziel.

“The big man has had a tough time of it this season with injury so I was happy for him that he got his two goals.

“We spoke to the players before the game about making sure that we got off to a good start and we did that.

“The goal we lost was maybe a bit sloppy, but that was the only disappointing thing.

“But I thought we really deserved the win for the way that we played.”

Andrew Cook is expected to miss out on Saturday’s fixture with a hamstring injury picked up in the game against Stenhousemuir.

“We’ll have a look at Cookie this week,” added the manager.

“He’s a pretty quick healer, but with any injury like that then you’re looking at a couple of weeks.”