RAITH Rovers boss John McGlynn has conceded that his team is now battling for nothing else other than First Division survival after back-to-back defeats dragged the club further into the relegation mire.
Up until last week, McGlynn was hopeful that Rovers could still finish in the top half of the table, but after a 4-0 drubbing in Livingston on Saturday and a midweek 2-1 loss in Hamilton he has now set his sights firmly on securing eighth place and simply avoiding the drop.
“We’re now in a league of three,” McGlynn stressed. “I felt a few games ago that we could have caught a Partick, Morton or Hamilton.
“Now that gap is a lot bigger, and if we win our league of three at the bottom, you have to say that will be a success. I’ve got to be realistic, that’s where we are.
“Up until recently I felt even fourth place was still possible because there was only five or six points between a number of teams.
“But they’ve picked up points in recent weeks and we’ve not picked up enough.”
Rovers are now seven league games without a win, a run that has saw them fall to within a point of bottom place Ayr United, who have two games in hand.
“I can’t defend the facts, but they won’t make a difference from here on in,” McGlynn said. “We must stay positive, and battle our corner – it’s as simple as that.
“We thought we saw light at the end of the tunnel after drawing three games with Falkirk, Ross County, and Morton away, but Saturday was big disappointment and a step backwards.
“We rallied on Tuesday night and responded to a heavy defeat by showing a lot of character to work hard and fight for one another. We didn’t get the result we needed because we didn’t defend two set pieces.”
McGlynn, who will welcome Iain Davidson back from suspension for Saturday’s visit of Partick Thistle, was critical of his team’s defending in Hamilton.
“Both goals were very disappointing,” he said. “The ball is there to be cleared.
“It’s a ball breaking in the box that we should be ready to defend against, and show a desire to get rid of the ball.
“We scored a goal, and then lost one very quickly. That’s an Achilles heel we’ve developed.”