Davidson puts points before panache

0912004 SSFF raith partick 'Paul Paton nicks the ball from Iain Davidson's foot - Raith Rovers against Partick Thistle at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
0912004 SSFF raith partick 'Paul Paton nicks the ball from Iain Davidson's foot - Raith Rovers against Partick Thistle at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

IAIN Davidson insists Raith Rovers will need more performances like Saturday’s if they are to survive in this season’s First Division.

The 28-year-old was back in midfield after a spell in defence and was the driving force as the Kirkcaldy team came from a goal behind to beat Partick Thistle to end an eight-game winless run.

Davidson charged about the pitch like a man possessed, winning a number of 50-50 balls that helped turn the tide in Rovers’ favour.

And he told SportsPress afterwards that Raith will need to keep winning ugly if they are to avoid the drop.

“We’re in a situation now where it doesn’t matter how we get points, as long as we get them,” he said.

“At the start of season we tried a philosophy of nice football but we weren’t getting rewarded for it.

“From now until the end of the season it’s not going to be pretty.

Workmanlike

“We produced a workmanlike performance on Saturday, and got the three points which I think we probably deserved.

“That’s three wins against them, and they’ve all been good team performances.

“And that’s what we’ve got to remember; we’re not a group of individuals – we’re a team.”

Raith’s longest-serving player hopes his all-action attitude will rub off on his team mates.

“You’ve got to stand up and be counted,” he said.

“When I play in there, I give everything I’ve got.

“If I do it, then you’re hoping others follow on.”

Davidson was also pleased to get the Raith fans back on side after the miserable back-to-back defeats in Livingston and Hamilton last week.

“Fans are the most important people at a football club,” he said.

“You’re going to get them back on side if you give them effort, work rate and commitment – all the things they would do if they were on the pitch.

Applauding

“Maybe in the last two games that was missing, but on Saturday we looked a good, well-organised unit, and the fans showed they appreciated the efforts by applauding us of the pitch.

“That’s what you want as a player – it’s a nice feeling.”

With big games against their relegation rivals coming up, Davidson knows Rovers must tighten up at the back.

“We’ve been our own worst enemies lately so cutting out the mistakes will obviously help us,” he said.

“We never got close enough to Livingston last week, and we lost two cheap goals from corners in Hamilton last Tuesday.

“Losing games can become a bad habit that’s not easy to get out of.

“Those two games were really disappointing because the games before that had been good against the top sides.

“We need to gets wins against the teams we’d expect to beat, and we’ve got another chance to do that at home to Morton on Saturday.

“Hopefully Saturday’s win gives the lads a bit of belief and confidence to try get away from situation we’re in.

“The league table doesn’t lie, we deserve to be where we are, and it’s up to us to do something about it.