Bad run sparks Rovers heart-to-heart

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3911042 SSFF raith ross county 'Scott Boyd send a looping header into the net for all three points - Raith Rovers against Ross County at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

RAITH Rovers’ latest home defeat led to a team meeting on Monday where views were exchanged between manager John McGlynn and his players.

And the Stark’s Park boss hopes that the ‘heart-to-heart’ can put an end to the team’s run of six competitive matches without a win.

“We had a heart-to-heart to try and sort one or two things out,” he told SportsPress.

“It’s not a crisis, but we’ve lost three games by one goal, and on Saturday we were below par.

“It was very much a two-way thing. I’ve got to read the opinion of the players, and their mentality.

“I wanted their feelings and opinions on anything and everything that we need to address.

Reaction

“I got the reaction I was hoping I was going for, although the best reaction we can get is on Saturday because that’s when it really matters.

“You can talk and train, and prepare properly, but when the whistle goes at 3 p.m, that’s the time for action.

“The players need to take everything we do during the week onto the pitch and, to a certain extent, do what we were doing last season.”

If Raith are to end their winless run this Saturday they will have to achieve what no away team has in 19 months – a victory at Almondvale.

Despite recent form, McGlynn believes his team can end Livingston’s impressive unbeaten home record.

Potential

“I’m not going to sit here and say we’re the best team in the league, but when we play at our potential, I don’t think I’ve seen a better team,” he said.

“Our performance against Hamilton was up there with anything in this league – and it wasn’t a one-off.

“We’ve played good football in a lot of games, we just had no real punch or cutting edge about us on Saturday. It was an off day – it can happen – but we know the level of performance the team can put on and how good we can be.

“We feel having had the talk we’ve had that we’ve maybe sorted one or two things out. Saturday will tell, although it will be a tall order because of the home record that Livingston have.”

Raith have injury concerns over Laurie Ellis (ankle), Brian Graham (dead leg) and Reece Donaldson (achilles) but McGlynn was hopeful all three would train today (Thursday).