We’ll work hard to come back brighter

Jonathan Page
Jonathan Page

While other clubs enjoy their Scottish Cup ties on Saturday, Jonathan Page says East Fife will be working on bouncing back from defeat at Elgin.

The Fifers certainly have reason to feel disgruntled with their 4-2 reversal at Borough Briggs, having been on the receiving end of a couple of crucial ropey decisions.

Both Elgin’s third and fourth goals were contested by the Methil men after the game.

But the Fifers won’t feel sorry for themselves, with Page saying the defeat can act as a catalyst for a positive reaction when league duty resumes a week on Saturday.

He said: “If you lose any game the one thing you really want to do is go out there, play again and put it right.

“We can’t do that so what we’ve got to do is make that right in training and make sure that we’re ready to go again in two week’s time.”

At Elgin East Fife got off to a bad start and found themselves two goals down within the opening five minutes.

To their credit, the side managed to regroup and get back on level terms until Elgin scored a third.

The goal arrived after what looked a pretty clear foul on ‘keeper Ryan Goodfellow.

It’s of no consolation at all, but even the hosts admitted they had got a rub of the green with the call.

“Their players are laughing about it as well, telling us they couldn’t believe that it has been given,” said the centre half.

“So that says it all.

“In the first half we didn’t want the half time whistle to come after a nightmare first five minutes.

“We were the better team and created all the chances once again.

“It’s a really difficult one to take - the boys are gutted - we don’t know how we lost that game and just didn’t see it coming.”