Dougie Hill: Rovers need to stop rot after Alloa defeat

Raith defender Dougie Hill clears his lines at Recreation Park, Alloa. Pic: Neil Doig
Raith defender Dougie Hill clears his lines at Recreation Park, Alloa. Pic: Neil Doig
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Raith defender Dougie Hill has backed the team to recover from their first back-to-back league defeats since February.

Defeats to Alloa and Dundee have left Rovers eight points behind league leaders Hamilton, and only three ahead of fifth-placed Falkirk.

Hill, who was recalled to the starting line-up on Saturday, believes a victory over Queen of the South this Saturday will get the Kirkcaldy side back on track.

“We just want to get back to winning ways and stop the rot,” he told the Press.

“It’s the first time this bunch of boys have had to deal with two losses in a row and it’s just about sticking together.

“The goals will come, we got chances on Saturday without playing that well.

“Wins will come again it’s just a matter of sticking together until they do.

“Every team will have a spell in season where they’re not picking up results.”

Hill admitted that Rovers failed to perform in Alloa on Saturday, although he felt the standard of the Recreation Park artificial pitch was a factor.

“They’re hard to beat, especially at home, but the surface is absolutely shocking,” he said. “You don’t get a true bounce. I was speaking to Andy Kirk during the game and he agreed the pitch was murder.

“I’m not making any excuses but they play on it all the time so they’ll be used to it.

“We have to look at ourselves though, and the gaffer had a go at us because we weren’t good enough

“We worked hard, but we lost too many balls in the middle of the park, and there were too many short passes at the back. It was a slack performance, especially in the first half.”

Hill said it was good to be back in the team after a spell on the bench following his fifth red card in a year against Hamilton.

“At one point I was wondering if I’d ever get back in because they were winning all the time,” he said.

“I have to put my hand up for the red card at Hamilton - if you get two yellows you deserve it.

“But I don’t think I’d be under as much pressure if I didn’t have some of the straight reds I had last season.I feel I was very hard done by and now I’ve got a reputation.”