Brown lashes out at ‘pathetic’ East Fife fans

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EAST FIFE manager Billy Brown launched an astonishing rant against his own club’s fans as his toiling side’s slim hopes of avoiding a relegation play-off suffered another setback with a 2-1 defeat at home to Stenhousemuir.

After the Fifers fell behind to a Scott Buist goal just before the break, the former Hearts and Hibs assistant manager grabbed hold of a microphone at half-time to tell disgruntled supporters: “If you don’t want to support the team then get out. These boys are doing their best – support your team.”

John Gemmell put Stenhousemuir further ahead after the break before Scott McBride pulled one back for the Fifers, who had Darren McCormack sent off and have now gone 14 games without a win. And afterwards, a clearly agitated Brown launched into another astonishing rant against the Fifers’ fans. “It’s pathetic,” he said. “I couldn’t care less if they’re shouting at me – they’re shouting at the players. I thought I was coming to a club that were all as one, but that’s clearly not the case. The players are trying to do their best and all they get is abuse. You feel when you go out there that everyone’s against you.”

The second-bottom Fifers are five points adrift of Stranraer, who lost 2-0 at Queen of the South, with Kevin Holt and Nicky Clark taking the champions within three points of Gretna’s Second Division points record.

Alloa remain second after a 1-0 win at home to Forfar thanks to Kevin Cawley’s goal. Third-place Brechin are almost over the line in the battle for a play-off slot after Andy Jackson and Gerard McLauchlan earned a 2-0 home win over fifth-place Arbroath. Ayr won 3-1 at rock-bottom Albion Rovers, with Michael Moffat, Liam Buchanan and Scott McLaughlin on target.