Craigen targets more goals from Raith midfield

James Craigen in action at Alloa last month. Pic: Fife Photo Agency
James Craigen in action at Alloa last month. Pic: Fife Photo Agency
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Raith Rovers midfielder James Craigen is keen to get himself back among the goals after two months without one.

Craigen last found the target in the 2-1 away win over St Mirren in the middle of September and the midfielder admits he is now falling behind his own personal goals target.

While refusing to reveal what his target is, Craigen, who has two for the season so far, is eyeing up the next three games, which fall within the space of a week, as a chance to boost his tally.

“You need to be a goal-scoring midfielder these days so I need to chip in with a few more goals,” Craigen said.

“I get into lots of good positions, it’s just about being composed.

“I’ve shown a lot of composure this season in front of goal and hopefully this coming week I’ll get a few more.

“I’ve set a target of what I want to achieve. I was on track but I’m a bit behind now maybe.

“A couple goals next week and I’ll be back there.”

Craigen was unfortunate not to score against Falkirk in the previous game - a stunning goal-line clearance preventing him from netting an equaliser that would have earned Rovers a point.

“It’s small margins,” he said. “The good thing about last Saturday was that we got back to passing the ball well.

“It was an encouraging performance but we just didn’t get the finishing touches.

“That’s what football is all about - we need to score goals to win games.”

The need for Craigen to contribute to the goals column is all the more apparent in a Raith side that doesn’t have a runaway leading scorer.

“We’ve not got someone who is ahead of the rest, but everyone is chipping in,” he said. “There’s goals coming from all over the pitch.

“We do need to score goals and we’re working on it.

“We’d be more worried if we weren’t getting into positions to score goals, but we’re creating chances and if we keep creating them we’re bound to score goals.”

After an inactive weekend saw Raith drop to fifth in the table, the Kirkcaldy side travel to Dumbarton on Saturday looking to end a run of three successive defeats.

“We want to get into that play-off position and I think we’re good enough to do it,” Craigen declared.

“It’s tightened up now since our last game, which we knew would happen.

“There was a seven point gap, and now we’re down to fifth with two games in hand.

“If we want to be in and around it we need to go and win games like Saturday.”

After a closely fought 1-0 home win over Dumbarton in September, Craigen is expecting another testing match at the Rock.

“If we can go there and get an early goal we could get a couple on Saturday, but it will be a tough game like every game in this league is.

“We need to do the ugly side of it first.

“Everyone is much of a muchness in the league so we can’t take anything for granted.

“If we can get the three points it would get the week off to a great start, and we can take confidence into the Tuesday night when St Mirren come and just go from there.”