Both teams claim daylight robbery!

Partick Thistle v Raith Rovers'Saturday 14th April 2012'Irn Bru 1st Division'Firhill Stadium'Score 1-1'Stephen O'Donnell is held down by Brian Graham'Photo by Tommy Taylor

Partick Thistle v Raith Rovers'Saturday 14th April 2012'Irn Bru 1st Division'Firhill Stadium'Score 1-1'Stephen O'Donnell is held down by Brian Graham'Photo by Tommy Taylor

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IT is rare for both teams to feel robbed after a draw.

However, that was the case at Firhill on Saturday as Raith Rovers came from behind to snatch a point against Partick Thistle.

The Jags dominanted long spells of the match, prompting boss Jackie McNamara to claim his team deserved the three points.

However, Raith striker Brian Graham insists it was the Kirkcaldy side who left Maryhill feeling swindled.

Graham played a key role as Partick defender Paul Paton headed into his own net with 15 minutes left to gift Rovers an equaliser they barely merited based on the run of play.

However, the striker believes Raith were denied the win late on by the assistant referee after Grant Murray’s 88th minute headed was ruled out for offside.

“Fair play to Partick, they’re a good side and they had us under the cosh,” Graham said.

Character

“But we’ve shown great character to come back again, and at the end of the day, I think we should have taken the three points because I don’t believe that goal was offside.

“I was at the back post looking right across the line, and I don’t see anyone offside so what chance has the linesman got who’s further away than me?

“It’s a goal, and I can’t believe we’ve been robbed after so much hard work to get back into the game.

“I thought we’d won it in injury time as well when John Baird’s shot hit the post.

“I’m not sure if it’s a save or if it’s took a deflection, but I was ready to celebrate because I thought it was in.

“We should have went away with three points, but it’s another big point because it keep us at the top of our wee league at the bottom, even if it is on goal difference.

“It’s still in our hands so with three games to go we just need to kick on and believe.”

The match was Graham’s first start for Raith since his costly red card against Ayr United three weeks ago, and he was keen to make it up to the fans.

“I let myself, the fans, my team mates and the club down by getting sent off against Ayr,” he confessed.

“I’ll learn from it, and I just need to kick on in these last three games and hopefully do the club well.”

The striker partly repaid his debt with his role in the equaliser – it was his shot that forced Paton to head into his own net – and the striker is keen to claim the goal as his eighth of the season.

“Laurie’s gave me a great ball, I’ve took a touch and tried to dink it over the goalie, and the defender has put it in,” he said. “It’s my goal – it was going in so I’m claiming it!

Lucky

“Sometimes you’ve got to take your wee bit of luck when it comes along.

“On another day we might have been really lucky because we didn’t get a break near the end when Murray scored.”

The point kept Rovers out of the relegation play-off position on goal difference, after Ayr United’s surprise away win over Livingston drew them level with Raith on 35 points.

“The way Livingston played against us during the week, you have to say fair play to Ayr for going there and getting a result,” Graham added.

“It’s a big result for them, but our point at Firhill could be massive because we’re still above Ayr with three games to go.

“Neither of us seem to be letting up so I think it could go down to the wire.

“I believe we have the players, the manager, and the fans behind us to stay up.”

Graham believes Rovers away form allows them to travel to Falkirk on Saturday with confidence.

“We’ve taken something from our last three away games,” he said.

“We’ve gone to big grounds and got results, so we’ve got to believe in ourselves.”