Eddie’s ready for derby day

3212020 SSFF raith rovers 'Eddie Malone - Raith Rovers individual head shots - at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
3212020 SSFF raith rovers 'Eddie Malone - Raith Rovers individual head shots - at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
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EDDIE Malone has warned his Raith Rovers team mates that form counts for nothing in the Fife derby.

Rovers head into this Saturday’s big match against Dunfermline at East End Park unbeaten since April, and on the back of a stunning 4-1 midweek League Cup win over Ross County.

But Malone, who played in the Ayrshire derby last season, is expecting a tough match against the Pars.

“I don’t think many teams will go up to Dingwall and take four goals off Ross County this season,” he told the Press.

Confidence

“That can give us great confidence for the derby, but we know it will be a hard game. Derbies can go either way.

“I played for Ayr against Killie at Hampden last season, but the boys have been telling me all about this game and I’m really looking forward to it.

“There’s nothing better than when it’s close to a full house, and there’s a good atmosphere in the stadium.”

Malone enjoyed a run to the League Cup semi-finals with Ayr United last season, and is plotting a similar course with Raith after Tuesday’s remarkable win in Dingwall.

“​For a club like Raith, it’s important we go on cup runs for the coffers,” he said.

“I went on a few good cup runs with Ayr last year, and it’s great to test yourself against teams in the league above.

“I’ve played in some great cup games and Tuesday night was up there with some of the best.”

County made nine changes to their team for the Raith match, but Malone refused to let that take the shine off the result.

“We knew County would change their team, but they still had players out there who are SPL quality,” he said.

“Martin Scott was bought for £75,000, whereas we’ve got guys who worked a shift in the morning before travelling up.

Professional

“We’ve just got to beat whatever team is put in front of us, and I thought we did a really professional job.

“They maybe took their foot off the gas a little bit, but I thought we were bang on it.”

Malone joined Raith in the summer and is enjoying the start his new team has made to the season.

“Coming here has worked out brilliant,” he said.

“The new gaffer has been different class, training has been really good and all boys have been really professional.

“It’s been really good so far but we’re not getting ahead of ourselves.

“It’s still early days, and we’re just taking each game as it comes.

“None of us are big-headed in dressing room, and if anyone gets ahead of themselves they get brought back down a peg or two.

“It’s worked for us so far so we need to continue that.”