Anderson gets off the mark for Raith

Grant Anderson heads home his first goal of the season against Alloa on Saturday. Pic: Steve Gunn
Grant Anderson heads home his first goal of the season against Alloa on Saturday. Pic: Steve Gunn
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Grant Anderson was delighted to score his first goal of the season on Saturday, but disappointed that it only earned his team one point.

The 28-year-old winger, recently recalled to the side after a spell on the bench, headed home his side’s 34th minute equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Alloa at Stark’s Park.

It was one of only two attempts on target that Raith mustered in a disappointing match.

“It was one of those games,” Anderson told the Press.

“Apart from the goals, nothing much else has happened in the game.

“The wind kind of killed it to be fair. There was plenty space on for diagonals but as soon as you put it in the air it was either slowing down, speeding up or changing direction.

“It was hard - not a great game for the spectator - but one of those games where just had to dig in.

“I was happy with the goal. I’m trying to get myself into the back post more often and I managed to time that one quite well.

“A draw isn’t a great result for us, but it was a fair result.”

Raith are now without a win in five games and Anderson admitted: “You can probably say that, as a full team, we’re just not all clicking at once.

“Last week at Ibrox we struggled to defend properly but managed to attack quite well. This week, apart from the goal, we’ve defended quite well but we’ve just not managed to create enough.”

This Saturday Rovers take a break from the league - and senior football - as they travel to Linlithgow Rose in the Scottish Cup third round.

Anderson was a latecomer to the senior game having served his apprenticeship in the juniors with Kirkintilloch Rob Roy so he knows what to expect at Prestonfield this Saturday.

“I know what the pitches are like, and what the fans are like,” he said.

“It’s going to be a massive game for them, but for us it’s just one of those ones that you want out the way and into the next round.

“But we can’t treat it with contempt. It’s going to be a hard game.

“They’ll have been building up for this since last week so all their players will be charged up for this.

“We’ll have to watch ourselves and play the best we can to get a result.”