Malone finds the positives

3212020 SSFF raith rovers 'Eddie Malone - Raith Rovers individual head shots - at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
3212020 SSFF raith rovers 'Eddie Malone - Raith Rovers individual head shots - at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
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RAITH Rovers defender Eddie Malone tried to focus on the few positives from the disappointing goalless draw against 10 man Airdrie on Saturday.

Rovers failed to register a shot on goal in the first half, and were unbale to make a numerical advantage count after the break as Airdrie’s Jack Boyle was sent off in the 63rd minute.

Malone told the Press: “The first half was all Airdrie and we were lucky to go in at 0-0.

“It took us a good half an hour to realise what sort of game we were in.

“We were trying to get the ball down and play and Airdrie were pressing us high up the pitch.

“In the second half we played the game in their half without creating anything so a draw was a fair result.

“I don’t think we can say we deserved to score – their goalie hasn’t had a save to make.

“They’re probably disappointed they didn’t take the three points as big Ross made some great saves in first half.

“The positives are that we kept a clean sheet and managed to take a point when we didn’t look like scoring.”

Malone refused to put the performance down to a Fife derby hangover, adding: “We weren’t even thinking about last Saturday, you just move on as a footballer.

“We knew it was going to be hard against Airdrie, we’ve played them four times now and there’s not been much in any of the games.

“We’ll take the point, the clean sheet and move onto next week.”

Fortunate

It proved to be a busy day in defence for Malone, who started the match at left back, before moving to centre-back following a first half injury to Laurie Ellis.

“I’ll play wherever I’m asked to,” he said. “I’m fortunate in that I’ve played in a few different positions in my career.

“We’ve got a small squad so most of the boys will be asked to play a different position at some time in the season.

“I’ve played centre-half plenty times before, so it’s not a problem.”

Raith welcome Deveronvale to Stark’s Park on Saturday for a Scottish Cup fourth round clash and Malone will not be taking the Highland League club lightly.

“They’ve beaten Stirling and Peterhead in the previous rounds so we can’t underestimate them,” he said. “They’ve obviously got decent players.

“We played Wick at the start of the season and they were a decent team, but Deveornvale are ahead of them in the league, and they took six goals off Wick the other week.

“It’s not going to be easy. The fans might expect us to turn up and turn them over but it won’t be like that.

“They’ll be a decent team with players who have been at Ross County and Inverness.

“It will be a tough game so we just need to be patient and hopefully get through to the next round.”