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Mensing prefers engine room role

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Simon Mensing celebrating Raith Rovers first goal - Airdrie FC against Raith Rovers at the Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie

4512028 SSFF airdrie raith Simon Mensing celebrating Raith Rovers first goal - Airdrie FC against Raith Rovers at the Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie

SIMON Mensing is hoping to nail down a regular place in the Raith Rovers midfield.

The 30-year-old free agent was snapped up by Grant Murray in September and despite spending most of his career as a midfielder, he played his first handful of games in the heart of the defence.

Mensing has been switched to a midfield role for the last two games, and while he is experienced enough to know that his versatility will be called upon at times, he has set his sights on staying in the middle.

“I feel that’s where I’m best,” he told the Press.

“I like to be in and about the engine room, breaking up play, getting on the ball and making runs forward at times.

Happiest

“I feel I’ve got a lot more to offer in the middle, and that’s where I feel happiest.”

Mensing certainly impressed in midfield on Saturday, scoring a goal and earning the sponsors man of the match award as Rovers rescued a replay with a last-gasp equaliser in a 2-2 Scottish Cup draw at Airdrie.

“Considering the circumstances we found ourselves in, it feels like a win,” Mensing said.

“Going down to 10 men is always difficult, but we certainly pulled together. The work-rate was high and the attitude was spot on.

“It was great to see Spencey pop up in the last minute and get the equaliser.

“After all the boys putting in so much hard work it was the least we deserved.”

Mensing credits Rovers’ late equaliser to the excellent team spirit at the club.

“It’s a great dressing room,” he said.

“We are a close-knit group and that helps us show a never-say-die attitude.

“It’s always good to pop up with a late goal but hopefully we can put ourselves in a position where we don’t need to score last minute equalisers.

“But in the circumstances we’re delighted to get a replay.”

Mensing admitted he did not see the incident that led to Brian Graham’s red card, but felt his team mate only had himself to blame.

“There seems to have been a bit of handbags between them both,” he said.

“The linesman has called it as he’s seen it, but Brian says they were both at it.

Risk

“As soon as raise your hands, whether you’re in the right or the wrong, you’re taking a risk of being punished.”

Mensing now hopes to make home advantage count in Tuesday’s replay at Stark’s Park.

“We’re delighted to still be in the tie,” he said.

“We’ve beaten them at home 2-0 already this season but Airdrie have shown they are a decent side.

“We have to make sure we are on the mettle and get the job done.”

Before that, Raith have a league game to attend to as Falkirk visit Stark’s Park on Saturday.

“It can’t come quick enough,” Mensing said.

“We’ve been hard to beat - and we need to make sure we continue like that.

“We should’ve picked up a few more wins instead of draws, but that’s by the by now.

“As long as we’re not getting beat, and putting in some decent performances, that’s the main thing.

“We had a good win against Hamilton last week, and we’re looking to continue against Falkirk.

“We got to make sure Stark’s Park is a hard place to come, and I think teams are finding that.

“The longer that continues the better it will be for us.”

 

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