Raith boss faces fans anger after derby defeat

Christian Nade has Lewis Martin for company. Dunfermline v Raith. Pic: Fife Photo Agency
Christian Nade has Lewis Martin for company. Dunfermline v Raith. Pic: Fife Photo Agency

Raith manager Grant Murray was in the firing line for supporter’s anger after Tuesday night’s derby defeat at East End Park.

Murray was the subject of some less than hospitable chanting towards the end of the Petrofac Training Cup first round exit at the hands of arch rivals Dunfermline.

There was also a strong reaction on social media afterwards as the holders crashed out at the first hurdle.

The disappointment was written all over the Stark’s Park gaffer’s face as he faced the media.

“Losing a derby is always difficult to take,” Murray said.

“We felt at half-time it was one of those games where one goal could be decisive and what a strike from the boy it was.

“We switched off before it - we got done with the one-two from Falkingham - and when it breaks out the lad smashes it home from distance.

“As soon as it left his foot it was in the back of the net.”

Murray’s record in Fife derbies makes for grim reading with just two wins from 14 fixtures against Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath.

When asked if he felt his side deserved something from the midweek game, Murray responded: “We felt as if we created a few chances.

“We had some great deliveries from Ryan Conroy at set pieces but we just didn’t have anyone there attacking it to put it in the back of the net.

“Christian was unlucky as well when he went through. He did well but it just fell on his left foot.

“I don’t think Kevin Cuthbert had any outstanding saves to make - what he done we would expect him to do.”

Murray is now facing an uphill task to lift his players for Saturday’s league opener at home to Dumbarton.

“We have to lift our heads,” he said.

“We were happy enough on Saturday getting through in the League Cup.

“We had a massive game here in the Petrofac Training Cup and we’re disappointed to go out of that, especially after last season.

“That’s gone, we now need ot focus and get everyone back fit. We’re missing five big players tonight and that’s been key to us.

“But at the end of the day we’ve got to deal with the injury situation we have.”

Pars boss Jim Jefferies lauded his team’s display.

“At half-time I told them it was as good a performance as I’ve seen at Dunfermline,” he said. “Our tempo, pace and passing was a joy to watch.”