There's no panic!

LINLITHGOW Rose travel to Forfar tomorrow aiming to turn around their recent dismal run in the league.

Saturday's loss to Glen-rothes at home saw the club relinquish top spot to Kelty, while a number of clubs are now within touching distance of the Rose who suffered their fourth league defeat in a row.

Boss Brian Fairley said the club is crying out for a "rub of the green".

Fairley believes his side is lacking confidence and that is accentuated if they go behind. He said: "There is not a lot we can do except try to score a goal early on.

''We are creating goal-scoring opportunities but just not taking them

''There is, however, no panic at the club but what we (the management team) have to do is instil confidence within the players to go out and start winning again."

On last week's defeat, Fairley said the first half performance was as good as they had played all season but, once they went a goal down, a nervousness came over the side and they tried to play a long

ball game which allowed Glenrothes to counter-attack.

Fairley was keen to highlight the continued support from the fans and is encouraged that, despite the recent losses, fans know the players are still giving their all week in, week out.

The Rose boss confirmed Brian Carrigan's move to Alloa on a loan deal plus payment until the end of the season while Craig McEwan joined the club from Stenhousemuir last Friday.

McEwan played under the Rose boss when he managed Dumbarton and is a right-sided player in defence or midfield.

Preparations for to-morrow's match against Forfar took a blow on Monday when snow forced cancellation of training but Fairley is confident his side can get back to winning ways although it will be a tough task.

There has been a growing criticism that Linlithgow Rose are only intent on signing from the senior ranks.

But coach Brian Fairley was quick to quash these rumours claiming that he had identified no less than six junior players from within the Superleague plus four goalkeepers in recent months as possible targets.

Each bid had failed either through speculative personal terms or clubs just not willing to sell their best players to the opposition.

Fairley said: "Such is the competitive environment within the Superleague that no team is willing to sell.

''I would love to bring in junior players we identify but is it just not happening at the moment."

He added the club is currently looking at options to sign a couple of players within the next 10 days either on loan or on permanent deals.