RAITH Rovers manager John McGlynn deflected all negative talk this week to focus on the positives – despite winning just one of his last 10 games.
Defeat at Falkirk saw Rovers drop to within a point of Dundee at the foot of the First Division – with a trip to Dens Park next up this Saturday.
But McGlynn has backed his players to turn around results if they continue to perform as they did at Falkirk Stadium.
McGlynn told SportsPress: “You can try to paint the bleakest picture in the world and it’s very easy to get caught up in that.
“But I’ve watched the Falkirk game again and there’s no way we deserved to lose. We played the better football for more consistent periods.
“I do concede that Falkirk were a threat, but they’ve been a threat to every team this season.
“There’s a very thin line between winning and losing, so there’s no point in feeling down – that would be ludicrous.
“I would be unconsciencious if I wasn’t concerned, but we’re working very hard, and playing good football. We’re just not getting the breaks.
“It’s a very tough league and we’ve got a fight on our hands, but then so has everyone else.
He continued: “If we were rubbish and didn’t have good players I would maybe be thinking that we’re really up against it.
“But we’re playing football as good as anyone in this league – maybe better – so that gives us confidence.
“I’m optimistic because we’re playing well. We just have to keep believing.”
Rovers could go bottom with defeat in Dundee but McGlynn believes the home side will be feeling more pressure.
“Last year they didn’t lose at home, this year they haven’t won at home, so from that point of view, there’s a lot of pressure on them,” he said.
“They will look at our situation and see it as a good chance to jump above us. But we have to go there and frustrate them, and get the crowd to turn on them.
“We could do with a victory to kick-start a wee run of form – and we’re constantly striving to achieve that. Nobody here is not pulling their weight.
“We want to get that feel-good factor back and while we appreciate it will be a hard game, we’ll make it a hard game for Dundee as well.”
Rovers will still be without injured duo Scott McBride and Iain Davidson, while McGlynn is once again seeking a back-up goalkeeper as short-term cover after deputy Ross Laidlaw picked up another knee injury.
McGlynn has also added to the squad by signing Denis Prychynenko on an Emergency Temporary Transfer from Hearts.
The 19-year-old Ukranian midfielder was a member of the Hearts Under 19 squad that finished second behind Celtic last season, and was awarded the Hearts U19 player of the year after finishing top scorer with 14 goals.
The agreement between Rovers and Hearts will see Denis at Stark’s Park until January 4, 2012, and he is expected to feature in the squad for this Saturday’s match at Dens Park.