Clean sheets please Raith defender Watson

Paul Watson on the trail of Falkirk strike Botte Bia-Bi.
Paul Watson on the trail of Falkirk strike Botte Bia-Bi.

Raith Rovers defender Paul Watson felt some redemption after helping the side to a second consecutive clean sheet on Saturday.

The 23-year-old centre-back was part of a defence that leaked 13 goals in four games last month, including 4-0 defeats to Rangers, Hearts and Dundee.

However, Watson pointed to the last two performances – a 1-0 win in Livingston and a goalless draw at home to Falkirk – as proof that improvements have been made in a short space of time.

“We were devastated with the 4-0 games,” Watson told the Press. “You look in the mirror and question yourself but you’ve got to rise from it.

“We worked hard in training defensively and you can see we’ve improved massively from those games.

“In our last two games we’ve defended from the top right through the team, so we’re happy.”

Raith have had considerable injury problems in defence this season, with Dougie Hill and Craig Barr yet to feature because of injury.

Watson partnered Barr, nicknamed Mango, at the back during their Livingston days and he appreciates just what Rovers are missing.

“He’s a top class player,” he explained. “I created a really good partnership with Mango when I was at Livingston.

“We know our game really well and he’ll be like a brilliant new signing when he comes back. We’ve been a bit unlucky with injuries but once we get these players back fit, we’ll be even stronger as a team.”

Rovers are currently sitting third in the table on 13 points after seven games, ahead of a tough trip to Easter Road this Saturday.

“If you offered us that at the start of the season, we’d have taken it,” Watson said.

“We’ve only lost to Hearts and Rangers, so it’s been a fantastic start.

“We had a good start last year as well but we fell away. We need to keep it going, and the boys know that.

“Last season we were doing well but we had a thin squad, so when we got a few injuries, it showed.

“This year, we’ve got a bigger and better squad and when the games start coming thick and fast around Christmas time, we’ll have players coming back who are only going to improve us. I think we can kick on and do better this year.”