Graham hits 20 but Raith take nothing

0313007 SSFF livingston raith 'Brian Graham gets his head to the ball first - Raith Rovers against Livingston FC at Almondvale, Livingston
0313007 SSFF livingston raith 'Brian Graham gets his head to the ball first - Raith Rovers against Livingston FC at Almondvale, Livingston
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BRIAN Graham surpassed his best ever goal tally on Saturday but it was not enough to prevent Raith Rovers from a disappointing defeat in Livingston.

The striker’s first half equaliser was his 20th goal of the season – his previous record was 19 on loan at East Stirling – but that was of little consolation come full-time.

“It’s good from my point of view that I scored another goal but it goes down as a bad day at the office,” Graham said.

“We came here for the three points and it’s disappointing to come away with a defeat.

“It’s an opportunity missed. We always look up the table and when the teams above us drop points we hope to close the gap.

“It wasn’t to be and now Livingston have climbed above us into fourth. We are all bitterly disappointed in there.”

Whether Graham remains at Raith beyond the transfer window remains to be seen, however the striker is out of contract at the end of the season.

“I’ve not heard anything, and the club hasn’t had any offers either,” he said.

“I’m just concentrating on playing my football. I’m a Raith Rovers player until someone tells me different.

“I’m in contract until the end of the season but I’ve not spoken to the board yet.

“The way Scottish football is at the moment, how can the club offer contracts when they don’t know what’s going on?

“All the players just need to keep doing what we’re doing and hopefully at the end of the season contracts will come our way.”

Livingston opened the scoring in the 29th minute when Iain Russell swept home a cut back, despite Dougie Hill’s best efforts to prevent the ball from crossing the line.

Raith equalised five minutes later as Pat Clarke saw a header brilliantly saved by McNeil but Graham was the quickest to react to stab the rebound into the net.

Livingston’s winner arrived five minutes after the break when Raith failed to properly clear a corner and defender Craig Barr drilled home from 12 yards.

Raith boss Grant Murray said: “I’m very disappointed. After last week’s win we came here feeling confident, and we put a lot into the game.

“But the second goal is the killer for us. We didn’t clear it properly and got punished. We seemed to lose it a bit after that.”