BILLY BROWN insists that Cowdenbeath’s misfortune in front of goal will change if they can take confidence from recent performances.

The Blue Brazil boss was left perplexed by Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Stenhousemuir – their third successive league defeat by that margin – after another 90 minutes that he felt should have yielded at least a point.

Profligacy at the sharp end of the pitch once again haunted Cowden, who have hit the net just twice in their opening five League Two matches.

In Kris Renton, who moved to Alloa Athletic, and on-loan Dale Carrick, the Blues lost two potent attacking threats in the summer but snapped up the promising Hawick Royal Albert striker Josh Morris, while highly-rated teen Cammy Muirhead led the line at Ochilview.

But the goals have not yet started to flow for the new frontline, and Brown told Times Sport: “To have lost three of our five games and only concede four goals is quite incredible.

“But we’ve only scored two so goalscoring has been very difficult.

“It wasn’t the result that we deserved on Saturday; I felt we were very unfortunate not to get something. In the second half we were in the ascendency, like the previous week against Berwick, where we also played well in the second half and should have got something.

“I can’t complain after Saturday in terms of the performance, application and effort from the Cowdenbeath players. At the moment it’s just not going for us and it’s difficult to take.

“The players need to keep believing in themselves. If you let your head go down then things won’t come for you.”

Although early in the season, the weekend’s results dropped Cowden to second bottom of the table and Brown is desperate to avoid another season of struggle.

He added: “I don’t think that Cowdenbeath have had much luck over the last few years. There is a cloud across the place after two relegations and finishing bottom last year that we need to try and lift.

“We’ve just got to keep going and keep our spirits up. On Saturday we’ve got another difficult game against Peterhead; they’re probably one of the favourites to get promoted, so we have to hope for the best.”

Brown added that defender Jamie Pyper, who missed the Stenny defeat with an ankle knock picked up in training last Thursday, should be fit to return for Saturday.