Saturday, February 5, 2011

It's no longer our pessimism. It's now official. East Fife are in the shit.

With a free Saturday due to Ayr United's continuation in the Scottish Cup, the black and gold kept themselves busy with a 5-1 defeat against a Hearts XI at Bayview.

As our strong line up went down to a bunch of fringe players and youth team guys, more concerning stuff was playing out at Alloa Athletic's Recreation Park.

Bottom side Dumbarton, who have turned to their youth set up to try and kick-start their season, edged a five goal thriller to lift themselves off the bottom of the Scottish Second Division and send East Fife crashing to the basement in their place.

We're now firmly in a relegation dogfight for the second season running.

Sure we have games in hand over the two sides directly above us. Two on second bottom Stenhousemuir and three on the now third bottom Sons. I'd rather have the points in the bag than the games in hand.

The fact that we have a defence with more gaping holes than a Cowden prostitute, means we can't rely on taking anything from these matches.

It's such a frustrating season. We can hold our own, but without taking points, from the likes of Livingston and then we draw blanks and can't take our chances in games like Tuesday nights match at Forfar.

When you look at the fact that Ayr and Brechin are sitting in second and third spots, having played the same number of games but with nearly double our points total, you see just how far we've fallen off the pace.

On the plus side, we have half a season of games still to play out and it's quite scary that we have no firm idea as to just how they will.

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