Raith boss staying grounded after six-goal show

Joe Cardle celebrates scoring against Queen's Park
Joe Cardle celebrates scoring against Queen's Park
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Raith Rovers manager Grant Murray is not about to get carried away by his side’s biggest win in 21 years.

Rovers welcome Hamilton Accies to Stark’s Park this Saturday for the opening league game of the new Championship season.

And while last weekend’s 6-0 win over Queen’s Park has lifted expectation levels among fans, Murray is keeping his feet on the ground.

“It’s still very early in the season,” he stressed.

“We’ve played two cup ties so I’m not going to sit here and say everything’s perfect.

“To score six goals is great but it’s not going to happen evey week.

“We’re delighted to be through in both cups, but it’s behind us. Now we’ve got to concentrate on Saturday.

“It’s the first league game and we’ve got to be ready for it. We know how difficult it will be against Hamilton.

“They’ve had that taste of SPL football in recent years and are a very good footballing side.”

Murray has assembled a strong squad this summer and the introduction of promotion play-offs has given the club a realistic shot at promotion.

“It’s a more open situation now with the changes they’ve made to the league,” Murray said.

“Giving that opportunity to teams who finish second, third and fourth gives everyone a massive aim.

“Rather than just having one team stretching away with it, there’s something for other teams to play for.

“Everyone will have the same aim from day one and every team will be up for it.

“We’ve built a squad that we’re happy with at this moment in time.

“Time will tell whether it’s capable of challenging for the top four.”

Murray is hoping that Rovers two cup wins can encourage a good turn-out of home fans this Saturday.

He said: “We want to make Stark’s Park a difficult place for teams to come, and having a good support behind us will help.”