Dunfermline defender Aaron Comrie has spoken of his frustration after the Pars slumped to a 3-0 home defeat against Queen’s Park on Saturday.
Aaron returned early from a calf injury in a bid to help Dunfermline end their woeful run of form, but it was to no avail as the visitors took the lead midway through the second half and left the Fifers chasing the game. That was not exactly the script the fans or management were seeking, they had hoped for a reaction to their previous week’s result, Aaron stressed “so were the players.
“We tried to come out and play the game in their half, we tried to be bit more direct. We tried to get crosses and shots in but it just never happened for us.”
Aaron felt Dunfermline’s confidence was sapped after falling behind to Queen’s Park’s opener but he believed fight was still evident:-
“Obviously confidence will be low with the run that we’ve been on but we tried to come out and give the fans something to cheer but it just never happened. There was a lack of quality but the fight was there. We really are trying, hopefully things will turn.”
There were frustrated reactions from fans at full-time, hard to take it “totally understand” admitted Aaron:-
“As players we need to try and change that and give them something to cheer. Try and turn it around and win games. Once we do that I’m sure they will come with us and try and back the team.”
Comrie tore his calf muscle back in January in the away game against Queen’s Park but made an early return from injury in a desperate attempt to help the team. However, after playing the full 90 minutes on Saturday, the 27 year old said:-
“It has been horrible. I was probably meant to be out for another two weeks but I was just desperate to try and come back and help the boys. I feel pretty sore, I have not done much over the last five weeks so it has been a wee bit zero to 100.”
With Dunfermline facing a crucial relegation six-pointer at home to Arbroath next weekend, Aaron knows there is no hiding place for the players.
“It needs to try and be a positive week. We will look at the game and see where we went wrong, what we can do better. There is no hiding away from it, it is a massive game next week. We will be under pressure so it is up to the boys to step up and show their quality. There is enough quality in there to get us out of it.”
Despite Dunfermline’s poor run of form, Aaron backed boss James McPake’s belief that results will soon improve.
“We are all backing each other. I have said it a couple of times, the quality just needs to come out. Confidence needs to lift and hopefully next week we can get the fans on side early doors, put pressure on Arbroath and lift the pressure off us.”