Baird: We need to get back on track

John Baird gets ready to unleash a shot for Rovers second goal against Hamilton on Saturday. Pic: Neil Doig
John Baird gets ready to unleash a shot for Rovers second goal against Hamilton on Saturday. Pic: Neil Doig

John Baird admits that Raith need to start matching their recent cup form in their on-going Scottish Championship campaign.

Rovers have a Ramsdens Cup final against Rangers to look forward to and also a quarter final clash in the Scottish Cup with St Johnstone in the coming months.

But the club’s league form of late hasn’t been matching that from its cup runs, with the side still looking for its first league win since the middle of December.

On Saturday Rovers crashed to defeat at home to Hamilton.

However, the game did see the club’s first league goal in 2014 and also Baird’s first since returning to Stark’s in the 4-2 loss.

The striker knows the league form needs sorted out.

He said: “The team needs to get back on track in the league, that’s massive.

“The cups are a good thing to have on the side if the league’s going well, but it’s not at the moment, so we need to look to the next game and get the three points.”

Despite not having recorded a league win for some months, Baird said the atmosphere in training had been good during the week following the Hibs win.

However, Rovers were left chasing the game almost from the first minute due to Hamilton’s Anthony Andreu netting an early opener.

Baird said: “Things were great during the week, the team did take confidence from that result.

“We were trying to settle into the game and then boom, the boy scores a great goal so that wobbles us a bit.

“But we need to be better and stronger to get ourselves into the game.”

Baird remains a fans’ favourite at Stark’s due to his scoring record from his previous spell, but the player says there is a bigger picture.

“It’s not about me scoring goals, it’s about the team doing well,” he said.

“I’m somebody who works hard and is a team player, I’m not individually looking for honours.

“Against Hamilton I scored a goal but it doesn’t mean anything, we got beat 4-2.

“It doesn’t make a difference.

“We showed that we can get the goals and we need to take on board that second half performance as a positive.”