The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

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shown in last two weeks and they are both as important.

“Last w e ek we thoroughly deserved to win and perhaps today I don’t think we deserved to. We ground a result out and that is what it is all about at this stage — results.

“It has changed for us in recent weeks and all credit to the players to come back from a 5-0 defeat and get six points from away games at Dunfermlin­e and Forfar.”

Naismith also praised goalkeeper Jack Hamilton after bringing him in on loan but said everyone had played well for him.

An entertaini­ng first half see-sawed back and forth after Forfar started brightly.

Jack Hamilton in the visitors’ goal was kept busy and had to look sharp to smother a shot from Forfar’s Chris Duggan.

He then blocked shots from Dale Hilson and Chris Templeman at the expense of a corner and from the kick Martyn Fotheringh­am’s cross was headed home by Duggan in the 33rd minute.

But East Fife hit back quickly. Just a minute later, Liam Buchanan fired high into the net from eight yards after a Nathan Austin shot was only parried.

Then right on the stroke of half time, East Fife made a lightning break up the left and Kevin Smith’s low centre was well tucked home from six yards by Austin.

Scoring opportunit­ies were few in the second half, although Forfar enjoyed the better possession.

But it was East Fife who went closest with two late chances.

Austin headed on to the roof of the net with seven minutes remaining then Buchanan cracked a shot off the crossbar with goalkeeper Hill well beaten.

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