Skipper sorry for East Fife relegation

Craig Johnstone
Craig Johnstone

Distraught Craig Johnstone apologised to the East Fife fans after their relegation to League Two.

The club captain was visibly upset when he spoke with the media shortly after Sunday’s defeat to Stirling which pushed the Fifers down a league.

Johnstone is one of a number of players who was expected to meet with manager Gary Naysmith yesterday (Tuesday) to see if he has a future at Bayview.

The skipper said: “We’re absolutely gutted and sorry to let the fans down.

“We’ll be trying our best next season to get back into the league.”

The defender admitted that the relegation hadn’t come about on the back of Sunday’s defeat and their performances over the course of the season hadn’t been good enough.

“The decision making both going forward and in defence has been pretty poor and that’s what cost us in the end,” said Johnstone.

“The dressing room was very quiet, the boys are absolutely gutted.

“We were beaten by the better team but it’s not just one game it’s been the whole season.

“It’s really hard to take and it’ll be like that for the next few weeks.

“Stirling got their goals at the right time and we missed Kevin Smith when he went off because he was holding the ball up the park really well.

“We couldn’t get up the park because, with a goal lead to defend, we didn’t want to do anything silly.”

Johnstone has been at the club for a few seasons now after being brought in from Kennoway Amateurs by then boss Stevie Crawford.

Like so many others at the club, he’s now waiting to find out if he’ll be offered a new deal, with the players due to meet with Naysmith as the Mail went to press.