McGlynn mucks in but Rovers lose out

1512034 SSFF raith livingstone 'John Baird tries to find a way through the Livingstone defence - Raith Rovers against Livingstone FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
1512034 SSFF raith livingstone 'John Baird tries to find a way through the Livingstone defence - Raith Rovers against Livingstone FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
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RAITH Rovers manager John McGlynn played his part in ensuring the midweek match against Livingston went ahead - and then wished he hadn’t as his team were taken apart.

McGlynn mucked in to help the ground-staff fork the pitch before kick-off as match officials decided whether or not to postpone the game following a day of heavy rain.

Thanks to their efforts the match went ahead, only for Rovers survival hopes to be dented by a resounding 3-0 defeat.

“We’ve not got many complaints. Livingston passed it better, moved it quicker and played the better football,” McGlynn said.

Chances

“We had chances before they scored, and won a few corner kicks early on which could have put us in front.

“But Livi are set up perfectly to play counter-attacking football, and once they got the first goal they just hit us on the break.

“I imagine they are wishing they could play us every week because that’s the second time in a row they’ve done that to us.

“It’s disappointing from our point of view.

“We came here on the back of a good victory on Saturday, and felt there was a good opportunity to build on it – and it’s not happened.

“We’ve put as many balls into the box as we have in any game this season, but never really got anything from it at all.

“We’ve only got four games to go so we just have to look on it as a blip because our form had been good.

“Perhaps we shouldn’t have forked the pitch and took so much water off it. We might have been better sitting in the house.”

Debatable

Rovers hopes of taking something from the match were damaged by debatable penalty kick awarded to Livingston by Iain Brines in the 16th minute.

“I’ll need to have a look at it on the video analysis, but it seemed soft,” McGlynn said.

“I’m more concerned about the very poor defending that allowed their boy to run along our by-line for their second goal.”

The defeat means Rovers claimed just a single point from a possible 12 against Livingston this season.

However, the shoe will be on the opposite foot this Saturday as Rovers travel to Firhill looking to complete a clean sweep of victories over Partick Thistle.

“We’ve played them three times and beaten them three times so I would imagine they’ll be looking to make amends for that,” McGlynn said.

“However we’ve got to go there with plenty belief and spirit because the situation is still very much up in the air.

“There’s no room for feeling sorry for ourselves, we’ve got to dust ourselves down, get back into training and start preparing for the Partick game.”

Ross County’s 3-1 victory over Ayr United at Somerset Park last night (Wednesday) kept Rovers two points ahead of the relegation zone ahead of the trip to Firhill.

Midfielder Iain Davidson has been ruled out of the next two games. A knee injury will prevent him playing against Partick, while he is suspended for the trip to Falkirk.