Saturday, August 14, 2010

We felt that last season we were saying pretty much ad nauseum as to how much of a rollercoaster we felt East Fife's season was.

Well it looks like we have another one in store. Not only that, the games are rollercoasters in themselves, as this afternoon's narrow 3-2 loss away to Alloa Athletic showed perfectly.

The problem with the "we'll try and score more goals than you, no matter how many that might be" approach that we seem to have adopted this season, is that it's not always that easy.

With the defensive frailities that we currently have, any team that takes it's chances or can shut us out or are just simply better than us, will beat us pretty much every time and some of those beatings will be pretty fierce, as the Raith Rovers League Cup tie showed.

Today's defeat could both have been worse and better in equal measures. Stewart Baillie produced another penalty save, this time in the opening minute from Andy Scott, to keep the game goalless at the half, but once again having gone in front,admittedly after having fought back from being a goal down ourselves, we surrendered a lead and were unable to come back.

The dour first half, which saw Alloa have the better chances, didn't offer much of an exciting prospect for the second forty-five but how wrong we were.

Bryan Prunty shot Alloa into a lead on 51 minutes but Craig Johnstone levelled things up just three minutes later from close range at the back post. Stoney was then instrumental in the Fife taking the lead when his cross was head home by Jonathan Smart on 65 minutes.

Thoughts of another Fife goal fest, or at least a victory, were soon dented though when Alloa got their second penalty of the game three minutes later after Robert Sloan upended Kevin McDonald. McDonald got up and he made no mistake from the spot to tie the game at two apiece.

The game was back on and Alloa's pressure on the Fife defence saw it's rewards when Kevin McDonald's cross left the East Fife's back line in no man's land and James Lister headed home the what proved to be the winner with thirteen minutes remaining.

A disappointing loss, but another exciting attacking performance from the Fife, with lots of promising signs.

With a couple of weeks left before the transfer window shuts, we badly need an experienced centre half and maybe one other more solid defender. Our defence was perfectly described to me by someone today as a "bombscare". Our inability to deal with long balls and defend set pieces is seriously worrying.

If we can plug this and quickly then I honestly believe we have a team and an attractive attacking style that will do some damage in this League and a playoff spot shouldn't be too far out of our reach.

One point from six though is concerning and we don't want to fall too far off the pace right out of the gate.

The next couple of weeks will be key. Let's hope we find the lock.

C'mon the Fife.

EAST FIFE: Baillie, Durie, Smart, Murdoch, Deland, Linn, Sloan, Johnstone (S. Campbell 81), Young, Hislop (Tansey 69), Byrne. [Subs Not Used: Brown, Dick, Cargill]

ATT: 688


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