One goal should be enough

0913033 SSFF cowden raith 'Stuart Anderson & Dean Brett - Raith Rovers against Cowdenbeath FC at Central Park, Cowdenbeath
0913033 SSFF cowden raith 'Stuart Anderson & Dean Brett - Raith Rovers against Cowdenbeath FC at Central Park, Cowdenbeath
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RAITH Rovers manager Grant Murray has urged his team to close out one-goal victories in future after losing a late goal to draw with Cowdenbeath on Saturday.

Rovers led through a Brian Graham header early in the second half, but substitute Greg Stewart’s 81st minute strike rescued a point for the hosts.

Murray was disappointed that one goal was not enough to secure his team the three points.

“We’ve got to be a team that’s capable of winning 1-0,” Murray said. “We don’t want to need two or three goals every week to win a game of football.

“You’re never happy taking a point after you go ahead in game. If we were under pressure and managed to get a point, then you accept that.

“But after a scrappy first half we got ourselves into a good position by scoring straight after the break.

“I felt we could have got a second goal but Cowdenbeath made a double substitution that gave them a new dimension.

“They clearly felt things weren’t working and changed both their strikers, so you have to give them credit for that. But we should have been able to see out the win.”

Murray refused to blame defender Jason Thomson for giving the ball away for Cowdenbeath’s leveller.

“I don’t want to go down the route of saying we shot ourselves in the foot,” he said.

“You can rewind a game back to any point you want and point to someone giving the ball away.

“Unless someone’s stuck the ball in the net from 40 yards out you will always say you could have done better.”

Murray took his team to Dumbarton on Tuesday only to leave frustrated by the late postponement.

“At the end of the day the match referee has to make a decision,” he said. “He felt part of the pitch wasn’t playable and there’s nothing we can do about that.

“The majority of the pitch looked in good condition, but there was a strip down the stand side which he felt was quite firm.

“My only disappiontment is that the pitch was deemed playable at four o’clock, and I’d like to apologise to our fans. It must be very frustrating for them.

“They’ve probably had to finish work early to make the long trip, and then turn back. We appreciate them making the journey.”

Murray’s focus is now on the team’s next match - away to Falkirk on Tuesday.

“We went there early in the season and gave a very good performance,” he said. “The type of team Falkirk are, a lot of people were predicting they would be in the top two or three.

“They didn’t start as well as they’d hoped but they’ve picked up form and are on a good run.

“At this stage of season every game is very difficult.”

Raith have a slight injury concern over Simon Mensing who has a damaged finger, while Dougie Hill has one more game to serve of his ban.

Winger David Smith may have played his last game for the club as his loan deal from Hearts ran out this week.

The indication from Hearts manager John McGlynn, prior to his departure from the Tynecastle post on Thursday, was that the player’s loan would not be renewed.

MATTHEW ELDER

Twitter: @mattelder_ffp