DAVID McCallum felt Fife Elite deserved their victory this evening as the Gers under-18’s struggled to create chances in the 1-0 home defeat.

It was the first league defeat of the season for the Light Blues as an 86th minute Craig Renicks strike sealed the three points for the visitors.

Speaking after the game, McCallum said: “I think it is a result that Fife Elite deserved, I thought for the duration of the game they created more chances than us and our keeper had more saves to make than what theirs did.

“For all the possession we had, we felt that we struggled to make any impact or go with any purpose.

“We didn’t play through the middle of the pitch particularly well and when we got ourselves in the forward areas we didn’t create enough.

“We tried to fix that at half-time and spoke to the boys about purpose when we have the ball, to try and make sure we have got option to play from the back to the middle and how we make those options but then when we got to the final third of the pitch the impact that we need to make.

“When you get in those areas of the pitch it is about the players and making decisions and recognising spaces and making sure the quality of the pass is right.

“I think at the end of the game their keeper might’ve had two saves to make which gives an indication of our lack of imagination and creativity in the final third, which is not nice to say.”

After a strong start to the campaign, the Gers’ form has dipped in recent weeks and McCallum says it is hard to put a finger on why.

He added: “We just had that conversation in the dressing room, there’s many things that we can look at.

“It’s not something we can put our finger on easily and say that’s what it was. The players have a better feeling for what it was in terms of why we got the outcomes that we did but that is something we will need to work on.

“It is not something that has been happening all season, it is more recent in the last couple of games but it is something that we need to resolve because we need to keep trying to implement how we want the team to play but we never seen that tonight.”

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