More late misery for Rovers

4112002 SSFF raith dumbarton 'Grant Murray issues instructions from the dugout - Raith Rovers against Dumbarton FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
4112002 SSFF raith dumbarton 'Grant Murray issues instructions from the dugout - Raith Rovers against Dumbarton FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
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RAITH Rovers suffered a bout of déjà vu on Saturday as Dumbarton snatched a 2-2 draw with a last-minute equaliser.

For the second week running Rovers dropped crucial points at Stark’s Park by conceding a late goal following Partick Thistle’s injury-time leveller the week before.

Rovers led at half-time through Brian Graham’s 12th goal of the season, only for Jim Lister to equaliser for the Sons soon after the break.

Greig Spence restored Rovers’ lead with 20 minutes left, but after bombarding the Raith goal in the closing stages, the visitors eventually equalised through substitute Bryan Prunty in the 90th minute.

After seeing possible wins turn into draws two weeks running, player-boss Grant Murray admitted that his team had blown a chance to move up the table.

“It was another missed opportunity to pick up three points,” Murray said.

“We got ourselves in the driving seat twice and to lose a goal so late in game, similar to last week when there’s no recovery, is hard to take.

“It’s definitely something we can work on. The guys have got to realise you have to concentrate for the full 90-odd minutes – however long the game lasts.

“As a player it’s always disappointing to lose late goals, but as a manager it’s very, very disappointing.”

The general consensus after the Partick game was that Rovers had played well against the league leaders and were unlucky to drop two points.

However, the mood following the draw with bottom of the table Dumbarton, who had collected only one point from their opening seven games, was very different as fans booed the team off the park following a poor second half performance.

“We got ourselves into a good position in the game, so rightly so, the fans are disappointed,” Murray said.

“I’m disappointed and all the players are disappointed but you’ve got to stand up and be counted, take it on chin and bounce back in the next game.”

With no game this weekend due to the international break, Raith have a fortnight to stew over the result.

But Murray added: “You can’t change the result.

“You can work on the mistakes and learn from it – which we will do.

“We’ve got to pick ourselves for a derby game against Cowdenbeath in two weeks.”