Raith boss wants players and fans to stick together

Christian Nade is held back by team mates after getting into a dispute with a fan after the defeat to Dumbarton. Pic: George McLuskie
Christian Nade is held back by team mates after getting into a dispute with a fan after the defeat to Dumbarton. Pic: George McLuskie

Raith Rovers manager Grant Murray has pleaded for players and fans to stick together after the flashpoint at the end of Saturday’s defeat in Dumbarton.

Christian Nade got involved in a verbal exchange with a fan as frustrations spilled over following Rovers third straight league defeat, but Murray insisted the players are giving their all.

“It’s important that fans and players stick together,” he said.

“Fans can get frustrated at football matches but hopefully they can see that the players are battling.

“It was a different scenario against Livingston but you could see the effort the players were putting in with 10 men.

“Sometimes you just need that wee bit luck or something to go for you on the day.”

Murray was clearly hurting after the Dumbarton match which saw his team deliver a good performance only to lose out to a dubious late penalty decision.

“We went down there with a belief that we could win the game and up until the 88th minute that was still there,” he said.

“Losing a penalty like that so late on takes a lot out of you after you’ve put so much into the game.

“I’ve watched it over and over again and it’s never a penalty.

“You can be the best team in the world but when decisions like that go against you it makes it very difficult.”

Raith entertain a rejuvenated Hibs side at Stark’s Park this Saturday.

When the sides last met at Easter Road in October the Kirkcaldy outfit were third in the table, four points clear of Alan Stubbs’ side.

Now two months later Rovers are seven points behind the Edinburgh club and have dropped to seventh in the standings.

“We need to get back to that belief and confidence we had earlier in the season,” Murray said.

“We’re not a team struggling down at the bottom of the table. We’re capable of winning games and we want to get back to that.

“It’s important we get the backing of the fans and give them something back in return.”

Ross Perry could return to the squad after suspension but Liam Fox remains sidelined with a rib injury.