Arbroath v East Fife: Fifers hope for better luck on return to Angus

2 January 2013 10.23am.

EAST FIFE manager Billy Brown is confident his players can put the weekend’s 3-2 defeat to Forfar behind them when they return to Angus for the second time in five days.

Arbroath are this afternoon’s hosts and the Fifers will be determined to consign Saturday’s capitulation to memory, having been two goals to the good before eventually coming away with nothing from their trip to Station Park.

Today’s game at Gayfield could be viewed as a potential turning point for Brown’s men, who sit the same distance off third place in the league as they do bottom spot, but Brown is taking one game at a time.

“There’s very little between the teams in this league and two victories put you right up there, and two defeats shoot you right down,” he said.

“We’re well aware of that and we go into every game thinking we’ve no divine right to beat anybody.

“Let’s be honest, we were sitting second bottom when I came here so we’ve done well to get where we are.

“Saturday is a game I think we would have won had we had 11 men, but they played pretty well and we just have to move on to the next game.

“We’ve had Forfar away and now Arbroath away, so we’ve had two difficult away games – it’s been a tough spell for us.”

Brown was confident of securing the services of another two of his loan players until the end of the season.

Bobby Barr, who had been on loan from Livingston, committed himself to the club last week, and he was soon followed by Hibs keeper Calum Antell, who will also be at Bayview until the end of the current campaign.

But Brown was also hoping to have a deal struck to prolong the stays of Dunfermline midfielder Paul Willis and Hibs central defender Jordon Forster.

Darren McCormack will be suspended following his red card at Forfar, while Barr and Darren Smith are rated doubtful.

Arbroath boss Paul Sheerin wants to see an improvement this afternoon after scraping a win at the weekend.

A penalty in the 94th minute from Steven Doris ensured the Lichties saw off Albion Rovers 2-1 on Saturday, but Sheerin reckons the performance in general was below par and is keen to see better from his charges at Gayfield today.

“We left it late, but I thought we were all over them in the last 15 minutes and it was just a matter of time,” he said.

“We got the penalty and Steven Doris did what he does best, but I thought we were as poor as we’ve been in a long time and lacked a bit of quality.

“We were poor in possession, we gave up the ball too easily, and with the greatest of respect to Albion Rovers it wasn’t the greatest game of football.

“But we got the win and hopefully we’ll be better when we play East Fife.

“I’m sure we’ll up our quality a bit because I think we can only improve from Saturday.”

Keeper Scott Morrison is Arbroath’s only doubt as he continues to recover from a wrist injury.