Hill loses red card appeal

Dougie Hill can't believe his red card against Hearts

Dougie Hill can't believe his red card against Hearts

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Raith Rovers defender Dougie Hill has lost his appeal against his recent red card against Hearts.

Hill was ordered off for the fourth time in the last nine months for allegedly headbutting Hearts midfielder Jamie Hamill in the League Cup tie at Stark’s Park last Tuesday.

Raith boss Grant Murray, who travelled to Hampden for the hearing, was adamant that his defender was not guilty of violent conduct.

“We hope it gets overturned,” he told the Press. “We can only hope the panel see what what we think is right and overturn it.”

However, that was not the case, and Hill will now be automatically suspended for this Saturday’s Ramsdens Cup quarter-final against Falkirk at Stark’s Park.

“There’s a lot at stake for both teams,” Murray said. “Falkirk have done well in cup competitions in recent years, but we know that a win puts us into a semi-final.

“Games like that don’t come along as often as you might hope or expect them to so the players have to make the most of the opportunity.”

Rovers are two points behind second-placed Falkirk in the Championship after taking five points from the opening four games.

“You always want more, but I’m happy enough with the way we’ve performed so far,” Murray said.

“The most pleasing thing for us is the goals we’re conceding from open play are very few and far between.”