Davidson confident that County point will help Rovers beat the drop

Iain Davidson in action against Ross County. Picture by Ken Macpherson
Iain Davidson in action against Ross County. Picture by Ken Macpherson
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IAIN Davidson says Raith Rovers were well worth their last-gasp draw on Saturday against high-flying Ross County.

Pat Clarke’s 94th minute penalty means that the Kirkcaldy side are now unbeaten in their last three games and Davidson believes that despite leaving it late, Saturday’s draw was well deserved.

“It was a good point,” he said. “Maybe we would have taken it beforehand but it could have gone either way to be honest, it was one of those games.

“It was the old classic game of two halves. I thought we shaded the first half and might have snatched a goal and to be fair they were probably the better side in the second half so over the piece it’s a good point for us to get against a team that’s run away with the league and have been unbeaten for so long.”

We’ve shown a lot of effort and commitment in the last two games to come away undefeated against the top two teams in the league and they could end up being two big points.”

Davidson believes that the players will carry the momentum into the next two home matches against Hamilton and Livingston as Rovers bid to beat the drop.

He said: “There was a lot of good banter in training today, even though it was snowing and blowing a gale! “It’s a good bunch of lads. We’ve got some from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Fifers - it’s a good mix.”

Pressure

With the spectre of relegation looming over Stark’s Park Davidson dispels any notion of pressure.

“There’s no nerves -you’ve got to look forward to it,” he said. “They’re winnable games we feel, though I’m sure Hamilton and Livingston will feel they can beat us too. But if we win these it’ll be a massive boost for us going towards the end of the season.

“There’s six games left, three at home and three away and our aim is to win them all. If we can get 38 or 39 points I think we’ll be safe.

“It’s a cliche but you have to take each game as it comes. We’re concentrating and focused on Saturday before we can even think about Tuesday.”

Davidson says that battling against relegation wasn’t something he expected this season, but feels it’s been one of transformation.

“We’re not going to come out and say we don’t deserve to be where we are,” he said, “but I would say that we’ve not had too many thumpings this season despite being near the bottom of the league.

“There’s been a lot of close games where we’ve dropped points we should have picked up. Definitely some that we should have won. But it has been a big transformation this season.

Surprised

“Unfortunately finance helped dictate the way that this season went and to be honest after having done so well last year I think a few of the boys were surprised at how this year has gone.”

The long-serving player is hopeful that the Kirkcaldy faithful will turn out in numbers as the side try to move away from the relegation zone.

He said: “It’s hard for everyone. A lot of people are suffering financially and it’s difficult for them to afford every match, but they have been brilliant.

“There was a big vocal support at Dundee and a few made it all the way up to Dingwall and it really spurs you on when you’re on the pitch.

“These next six games are massive and if we can give the supporters a buzz they’ll be able to do the same for us. We’re aiming to do the business on the pitch and I know that the supporters will be right behind us.”