Exhausted - but bring on the derby

4612146 SSFF raith airdrie 'Allan Walker celebrates with Grant Anderson after scoring Raith's third goal - Raith Rovers against Airdrie United at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

4612146 SSFF raith airdrie 'Allan Walker celebrates with Grant Anderson after scoring Raith's third goal - Raith Rovers against Airdrie United at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

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GRANT Anderson left Stark’s Park on Tuesday night exhausted after playing a huge role in Raith Rovers’ energy-sapping extra-time Scottish Cup win over Airdrie.

But the on-form winger insists he will be ready to run himself into the ground again this Saturday in the big Fife derby clash against Dunfermline Athletic.

Anderson, who picked up the man of the match award following a goal and an assist against Airdrie, told the Press: “I’m absolutely shattered after that, but it’s a good win so it was worth it.

“Airdrie always make you battle for everything, but it was very important we got through the tie.

“We’ve got Deveronvale at home in the next round so that gives us a great chance of getting to the last 16, then you’re only one step away from the quarter-finals.

“We’ve got a day off tomorrow (Wednesday) and we’ll take it easy on Thursday and make sure we’re rejuvenated and ready for Saturday.

“We’re going into the game on a good run, and we’re still unbeaten at home, so we want to keep that up.”

Anderson admits that Rovers failed to do themselves justice in the first derby of the season at East End Park, which they lost 3-1, and he insists the players are up for making amends this Saturday.

“We’re 100 per cent up for it,” he said.

Zapped

“We were up for it the last time as well, maybe a little too much, and it zapped us of energy.

“The performance wasn’t good enough last time.

“They got into our faces and the first tackle set the tone of the game.

“Hopefully we can reverse that and get in their faces, get the crowd behind us and give them a real tough game.”

Dunfermline are going into the match on the back up of a 5-1 defeat at Firhill, and Anderson hopes to capitalise on any uncertainty in the Pars defence.

“We’ll be looking to play on that,” Anderson added.

“They might be nervous at the back, but they’ll be wanting to rectify last week’s result and Jim Jeffries will have them ready.”

Anderson has won his starting place back after a recent spell on the bench, and two impressive performances – as well as two goals – against Airdrie and Falkirk looks to have cemented his place back in the side.

“Touch wood I’m able to keep my place now,” he said.

“I probably needed a few good performances.

“I was coming on as a sub in games and doing well, but you need to be able to get your chance and grasp it – and I feel I’ve managed to do that.

“Hopefully I can stay there, and maybe manage another goal on Saturday.

“I seem to be popping up in right areas now whereas at the start of season it just wasn’t falling for me.

“Long may it continue.”