Murray’s men ready to put Livi loss behind them

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Grant Murray says his players are hurting after their 5-1 defeat to Livingston and can’t wait to set things right by taking three points off Dumbarton.

Raith visit the Bet Butler Stadium at the weekend still licking their wounds after the Livi thumping.

John McGlynn’s men took full advantage of Ross Perry’s second-minute sending off at Stark’s Park by going on to make their man advantage count fully.

Murray, though, says the dressing room is determined to make up for the heavy loss at Dumbarton.

He said: “The players were really down following the Livingston game and it was up to us to get them lifted again this week.

“It was very difficult to lose a man after a couple of minutes – you don’t look for that happening and we had to make an early substitution by bringing another defender on.

“We then got a double punishment because they got a penalty from it and a goal.

“After that, they got another couple of goals but we managed to get one back and at 3-1 at half-time, I knew we weren’t out of it.”

Murray said that, despite being a man and a couple of goals down at half-time to Livingston - his side still showed attacking intent.

“We had eight, nine or ten corners but they scored again while we were pressing forward,” said the

boss.

“But it’s difficult to play virtually a full 90 minutes with 10 men.”

Saturday’s hosts Dumbarton currently sit just two point behind Raith, with Murray saying the game is an ideal chance to claw back ground on those above them – while kicking the chasing pack further behind.

“As a footballer, when you get beaten like we did on Saturday, the first thing you want to do is get back out there again to play and put it right,” said Murray.

“Saturday gives us the chance to do that but Dumbarton will also be looking at the game and seeing it as a chance to go above us. But we’re also looking at the game as a chance to cut the gap on the teams above us.

“We have already had a good result against them this season but that counts for nothing.”

The manager added that Martin Scott and Liam Fox had picked up niggling injuries but was hopeful both would recover in time for Saturday’s game.