No case for the defence

Partick thistle v Raith Rovers'Paul Paton'Photo Emma Mitchell'12/12/12
Partick thistle v Raith Rovers'Paul Paton'Photo Emma Mitchell'12/12/12
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RAITH Rovers captain Allan Walker insisted the team must defend better after Saturday’s defeat at Firhill.

Rovers found themselves 2-1 down at half-time after goals from Stuart Bannigan and Steven Lawless cancelled out Greig Spence’s early opener for the visitors.

Grant Murray’s men dominated the second half and Brian Graham eventually scored a deserved equaliser with nine minutes remaining.

However, Partick snatched the win with two minutes left through Steven Craig to leave Raith skipper Walker frustrated.

“We were on top for long spells and when we scored our equaliser I thought there would only be one team going on to win it,” he said.

“Middle to front we were excellent, it’s just disappointing to come away from home, score two goals, and not get anything out the game.

“Everybody knows you defend from the front, but the goals we’re conceding are very frustrating.

“We’re not blaming anyone, we need to defend better as a team.”

Walker also insisted Rovers should have had an injury-time penalty.

“There’s a massive decision at the end of the game when their boy handballs it above his head,” he said.

“There’s a rule that says if your hand or arm is in an unnatural position then it’s supposed to be a penalty.

“The ref said it didn’t hit his arm but I know for a fact it did.”

Rovers have picked up just two points from their last four games, dropping to fifth in the table, but Walker insisted that team morale remains high.

“We just need to keep going and believe in oursleves,” he said.

“We’ve suffered a massive blow, but we’re still confident and capable of winning any game, anywhere.

“The morale, team spirit, energy and goals is all there, we just need to shut up shop a wee bit better as a unit and I’m sure we’ll start picking up points again.”