Midfielder bounces back after fans fall-out

0412015 SSFF raith falkirk 'Allan Walker instructs referee John Beaton - Raith Rovers against Falkirk FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
0412015 SSFF raith falkirk 'Allan Walker instructs referee John Beaton - Raith Rovers against Falkirk FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

ALLAN Walker bounced back from his recent spat with Raith fans by turning in man of the match performance against Falkirk on Saturday.

The midfielder was involved in a heated exchange with his own supporters at the end of the Scottish Cup defeat to Morton a fortnight ago.

He was criticised by manager John McGlynn for retaliating to a group of fans who criticised his performance, but Walker let his football do the talking on Saturday, and was rewarded with cheers from the home end when his name was announced as the sponsors’ man of the match.

“Every time I pull on a Raith Rovers jersey I’m always going to give 100 per cent,” he told SportsPress.

“I’m not always going to have a good game – same as anybody. If you were top notch every week, you wouldn’t be playing in the First Division.

Frustrated

“Fans get frustrated, and players get frustrated – and sometimes it all comes together.

“Things aren’t as good this season as they have been, but people have to remember what we’ve done at this club.

“What’s been achieved since I’ve been here, and since the manager’s been here, you cannot forget.

“You only have to look at size of the squad compared to last year. We’ve lost a lot of height, strength, pace and experience.

“Take away Laurie Ellis and there wasn’t a player over 20 on the bench on Saturday.

“We’re all digging in your each other, and we all know the cause. It’s so important to stay in this league, and I’m sure we can do this no problem.”

Walker has been encouraged by Rovers’ recent performances, particularly away from home where the team is unbeaten in three games.

“We’re back playing more like we did last year,” he said.

“We’re looking hard to beat again and creating chances.

“At start of the season we were trying to pass the ball at the back too much, now we’re getting the ball into their half and playing our football in the right areas.

“We’ve got a lot of attack-minded players on the park, and the goals are starting to come.

“It’s tough being down near the bottom, but we need to be strong enough to take the responsibility on our shoulders – and that goes for every player.

“We’ve been doing that in the last three or four weeks, and I think our next big win is just around the corner.”

Streak

Despite losing a two-goal lead on Saturday, Walker believes that the draw with Falkirk, which ended a three-game losing streak at home, was another step in the right direction.

“You’re always disappointed to lose a two-goal lead at home, but if you look at the game as a whole Falkirk deserved a point so a draw is a decent result,” he said.

“If we’d managed to come in at half-time 2-0 up it might have been a completely different game, but if you’d offered us a point at the start a lot of people would have taken it.

“But being 2-0 up with 50 minutes to go makes the result a bit disappointing.”

Rovers face a trip to Hamilton on Saturday and Walker is targeting three points to close the gap on the teams above them.

“Winning breeds confidence, so once we get that win, we’ll be looking to kick on and get another, and gradually creep up this table,” he said.

“There’s nothing in this league as you seen on Saturday – four draws in four games is unbelievable.

“Every game is a cup final now, and we just hope everybody supporting the club can help us through it.”