Draw feels like a defeat

4012002 SSFF raith partick 'Stuart Anderson skips between defenders - Raith Rovers against Partick Thistle at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

4012002 SSFF raith partick 'Stuart Anderson skips between defenders - Raith Rovers against Partick Thistle at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

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RAITH Rovers conceded late to draw with league leaders Partick Thistle at Stark’s Park on Saturday – although midfielder Stuart Anderson admitted it felt more like a defeat.

Rovers were just seconds away from ending the Jags unbeaten start to the league season when the visitors struck in injury time to claim a point.

Anderson, who collected the sponsors’ man of the match award, said: “It feels like a defeat but there are a lot of positives to take from it.

“Partick are a good side – they’ve had six wins on bounce for a reason – but on chances created I think we edged it.

“We just switched off at the end and it cost us. That’s the way it is sometimes in football.

“We’ll dust ourselves down and get ready for next Saturday.”

Rovers showed no ill-effects from their midweek excursion at Celtic Park as they more than matched the first division’s top side throughout the 90 minutes.

An entertaining match flowed from end-to-end but it was Rovers who took lead in the 65th minute.

A mix-up in the Partick defence saw the ball break for Greig Spence and the striker’s powerful first time effort flew past a stunned Scott Fox.

The Partick ‘keeper was to play a crucial role in the minutes that followed as he made three stunning saves to prevent his team from falling 2-0 behind.

And those stops proved crucial as substitute Kris Doolan headed home in the 92nd minute to preserve the Jags’ unbeaten record.

Raith boss Grant Murray said: “The lads are very disappointed but we’ve got to take a lot of positives from the game.

“We ran the league leaders to virtually the last kick of the ball and had a right go at them.

“We’re also still unbeaten at home – and we want that to continue.”

Murray also admitted his frustration with the performance of referee Kevin Clancy, who booked four Raith players but none from Partick.

“I didn’t think there was many bad challenges in the game,” he said. “It was petty things that players were getting booked for.

“Some of the lads have said their equaliser was offside, and I also questioned a handball in their box.

“But the referee has called it as he seen it, so you just have to accept it.”