Raith Rovers may feel like they were robbed in Tuesday night’s penalty shoot-out defeat to Hearts, but Calum Elliot is focusing on the positives.
The striker produced a man of the match performance against his former club as 10-man Rovers pushed the Tynecastle club all the way in the League Cup second round clash at Stark’s Park.
There was a sense of injustice in the Raith camp after the match following the controversial 75th minute red card to Dougie Hill for an alleged head-butt on Jamie Hamill. However, Elliot was keen to highlight the plus points.
“The boys are obviously disappointed but we’ve got to take a lot of positives from the performance,” Elliot told the Press.
“We’ve played with 10 men for over 45 minutes when you include extra time and I thought we deserved to go through.
“We were desperate to show what we can do against a team from the division above, and the boys were different class.
“The fans were great as well - they kept us going towards the end. We have to take that forward and make sure we produce that most weeks.”
Hill’s sending off was the major talking point, but Elliot, who was the closest Raith player, refused to be drawn on the incident, saying: “Obviously Dougie is disappointed, and rightly so, but the most important thing is making sure we push on and get ready for Saturday.”
Elliot was left with a thankless task on his own up front after the red card but he still caused problems for the Hearts defence.
“I’m a little bit tired, but I’ll go to the swimming pool today (Wednesday) to try get some of the stiffness out of the legs,” he said.
Elliot is one of six new faces in the Raith team this season and he is enjoying life at Stark’s Park.
“It’s been brilliant,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed coming in and playing in different positions.
“I’d liked to have scored more goals, but I’ve not played as the main striker in most games.
“As long as we’re getting results, the goals don’t bother me at all.
“There’s quite a few new boys but we’re starting to become a close group. Hopefully that will help us push towards the top end of the league.”