Players credited for Murray’s winning start

2712049 SSFF grant murray 'Grant Murray, new Manager of Raith Rovers - at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
2712049 SSFF grant murray 'Grant Murray, new Manager of Raith Rovers - at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

RAITH Rovers boss Grant Murray insists his players deserve all the credit for his stunning start in management.

Murray made it five wins from five games in charge of the Kirkcaldy side with a 2-0 victory at Falkirk on Saturday thanks to goals from Allan Walker and Pat Clarke either side of half-time.

Rovers are still in both the League and Challenge cups, and sit joint top of division one with Airdrie and Partick after two league games.

But Murray has played down his own role in the team’s 100 per cent start to the season.

“I’m just new into the job - it’s the players that have done the business out on the park for me, so the credit has to go to them,” he said.

“To come away from a place like Falkirk with a 2-0 victory is magnfiicent for the players.

“The effort they put in was tremendous, and I couldn’t give them any more credit

“Falkirk caused us a lot of problems early on, and their formation was getting their key players onto the ball.

“But we got the jist of it, dealt with it and weathered the storm to come in at half-time 1-0 up - and that shows that players have belief in themselves.”

Midfielder Walker played a captain’s role in Saturday’s win at Falkirk, scoring one and setting up the other.

Walker believes that gaffer Murray’s popularity among the players is being reflected in results.

“Grant was the players’ choice – so we need to keep him in the seat,” he said.

“He’s got good back-room staff around him, and he’s taken on the manager’s role with ease.

“You can’t do pranks on him anymore because he’s the gaffer, but he’s still the same guy. Everyone respects him.”

Walker, who racked up 200 appearances for Raith in the midweek cup win over Montrose, is also delighted to wear the captain’s armband.

“I was shocked to get it, but on a personal note, it’s great,” he said.

“I’m only 26 young but the manager explained that we’ve got a young squad, I’ve been here a long time and, touch wood, I’m always available for games.

“I’m delighted that he’s put faith in me and hopefully I can repay him.”