Fox: We must take Heart into derby

Liam Fox shuts down Hearts midfielder Prince Buaben at Tynecastle on Saturday. Pic: Scott Louden

Liam Fox shuts down Hearts midfielder Prince Buaben at Tynecastle on Saturday. Pic: Scott Louden

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Liam Fox insists that Raith Rovers must take the effort from Tynecastle into Saturday’s derby at home to Cowdenbeath.

Rovers were unfortunate not to take a point from league leaders Hearts and the midfielder stressed that the standard must now be maintained.

“There’s no point putting in a performance just because it’s Tynecastle and a big crowd - that’s just not acceptable,” Fox told the Press.

“We have to take that onto next week. It’s a derby and Cowdenbeath always do well when they come to our pitch.

“So it’s a big game - and it’s probably got bigger because we didn’t take any points on Saturday. But it’s one to look forward to. Derbies are always good games to play in.

“We had a good result against them earlier in the season and we’ve got players coming back from injury which will help the competitive edge of the whole squad.”

Fox revealed that the Raith players left Tynecastle disappointed not to have taken something from the game.

He said: “After conceding the early goal you’re thinking, ‘oh no - here we go again’, but the boys dug in.

“We managed to stifle them, and in the second half we came into the game a wee bit more. I wouldn’t say we had glaring opportunities - but we had chances - and on another day one of them might’ve went in.

“The attitude, application, energy levels and commitment from the boys couldn’t be questioned - and I don’t think it should ever be. We know how hard we work during the week and on a Saturday - and how much work the manager puts in with us.”

Raith are looking for only their fourth home league win of 2014 this Saturday. Loud booing has been a feature of recent home matches but Fox hopes the fans stay behind the team on Saturday.

“If you get backing from the support it does make a difference,” he said. “I’ve never known a football player to respond well to being booed.

“ Our away form has been great - our home form hasn’t been too good. By the same token we have to go and perform to get them back onside, which I totally accept.

“Hopefully they’ll get behind us on Saturday and more importantly we get the three points. If we do that and perform well you’re hoping the fans stay with you and back you - that’s important.”