Midfielder says Raith are in a false position

0712073 SSFF raith ross county 'Iain Williamson in action - Raith Rovers against Ross County at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
0712073 SSFF raith ross county 'Iain Williamson in action - Raith Rovers against Ross County at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
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Iain Williamson believes the Raith Rovers squad is good enough to be at the opposite end of the first division table, but admits that the side need to prove they are good enough to remain in the league.

Speaking after the side’s last minute 1-1 draw with league leaders Ross County on Saturday, the midfielder said that the scoreline was a fair reflection on the game and hopes the result can spur Raith on in their fight against relegation.

“The point just gives us confidence,” he told SportsPress. “I’d like to think that the squad we have here is better than our league position suggests, but I suppose the points don’t lie.

“However, I think we’ve got the players and the ability to push on. Lately we’ve been playing well and we’ve had some good performances, so hopefully we can keep going in that vein and we’ll climb the table.”

First-placed County are 19 points ahead of Raith in the table having played two games less, and went into Saturday’s match on the back of a 17-game unbeaten run, but Williamson thinks the teams were equally matched at Stark’s Park.

Injustice

“Had we not got something from the game, it would have been an injustice,” he said. “They have been flying, the run they’ve been on recently has been tremendous, so for us to match them over 90 minutes has given us the belief that we can and should be up there.

“But we can’t just say that, we have to go and prove we can do it, and, of late, we have been playing well, so we just have to keep going.”

Williamson also said that the team never lost their focus despite going a goal down, and always believed that they could find a way back into the game.

“To come out of that game with one-nil defeat would have been demoralising after what we put in,” he said. “They didn’t have too many chances.

“They scored a good goal to be fair and had a good spell just after half-time, but after that, we were on top, so I think the effort we put in deserved a goal in the end.”

Rovers earned their point thanks to a late goal by on-loan Hearts youngster Jamie Walker, and Williamson was understandably pleased for his team-mate.

He added: “Last minute goals always help, and Jamie has come on and done really well, I’m really pleased for him, everybody is. He’s just a young lad so it was great for him to grab a goal right at the end.”

The midfielder also hailed the new system put in place by the manager and hopes that the team can carry the momentum from Saturday’s result into next week’s game away to fourth-placed Livingston.

System

“I’m enjoying playing in the new system, I think it’s been working in the past few games, and we’ve really come on as a team,” he explained. “We’ve been picking up results against really difficult sides, like Falkirk and Ross County. So I think it’s working well and I’m enjoying the role I’m playing in, so long may it continue.

“We want to take the same level of performance into next week, with just as much energy as we had on Saturday. We used the ball well, and we believed in what we were doing. If we can do that in our next few games, I think we’ll do well.”

Williamson refused to be distracted by the clubs off-field problems, and thanked the fans for their continued support of the club during a difficult season.

He said: “I didn’t pick up on any of the news during the week about the club’s financial state, but we know that finances everywhere in Scotland at the moment aren’t as healthy as they used to be, so results like Saturday’s help lift everyone at the club, especially the fans, who were brilliant.

“They kept us going right to the end and they were very supportive so a big thanks has to go out to them as well.”

The draw keeps Raith two points clear of bottom side Ayr, albeit having played two games more than their relegation rivals.