Raith keeper bounces back from howler
Raith goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw responded to his critics with a man of the match performance in the goalless draw at Morton.
Laidlaw bounced back from his Dundee howler with some stunning saves to help the team earn its first clean sheet in the league since October 29.
Some fans had called for the 21-year-old to be dropped after his costly error gifted the league leaders a victory at Stark’s Park last week.
But manager Grant Murray’s faith in his young stopper was rewarded as Laidlaw hit back with an impressive Cappielow shut-out.
“I’m delighted with my performance,” said the big ‘keeper.
“I was obviously disappointed with the goal I let in last week. It was my fault and I take full responsibility for that. Some words were said after the game and it was difficult to put it out of my mind.
“But it’s all about bouncing back and I’m glad I did that by getting a clean sheet and playing well for the team.
“I have faith in my ability and the manager, coaching staff and all the players do as well. They’re all right behind me so I just had to come here and do what I do.
“I made a good early save and that helped settle me into the game right away. I’m really pleased with the clean sheet.”
Saturday was only Laidlaw’s 21st senior appearance and he admitted that he is still learning the position.
“Maybe I should’ve stayed on my line for the goal last week, but I’m learning all the time,” he said. “It’s just one of those things that comes with the position.
“I’m hoping that I can play every week and with Davie out injured this is my big chance. I was delighted that the manager showed faith in me, and hopefully I repaid him with that performance.”
Laidlaw was pleased to secure the 0-0 draw against a Morton side that has invested in several new players.
“We’re looking at it as a point gained,” Laidlaw added.
“We had a few chances in the first half that we could’ve scored from, but in the second half we had to dig in.
“The gaffer changed shape a bit and it helped us look a bit more solid at the back.
“We’ve hit a bit of a slump recently but we’ve had a few suspensions and injuries so it was always going to be a tough spell for us.
“I think that’s us coming through it now.”