Raith boss wants to end season with five wins

Grant Anderson is denied against Dumbarton
Grant Anderson is denied against Dumbarton

RAITH Rovers may be safe in division one for another season, but player-manager Grant Murray wants to finish the season with a bang.

Rovers erased any lingering fears that they could be dragged towards the relegation play-offs with a 2-1 away victory over Dumbarton on Tuesday night, which came just hours after local rivals Dunfermline were hit with a 15-point deduction for entering administration.

The pressure may be off, but Murray insists there will be no letting up in the final five games.

“Nothing changes in our dressing room because we put pressure on ourselves,” he told the Press.

“We want to be greedy and go for the 15 points that are still up for grabs.

“I’ve said to the players that there’s nothing stopping them from going and getting five wins.

“It’s one game at a time, but that’s the aim.

“We have to make sure we keep performing and churning out results between now and the end of the season.”

Rovers midweek win was payback for the 4-2 defeat suffered at the Bet Butler Stadium just two weeks ago. Since then, the team have collected seven points from nine.

Murray explained: “We all realised how big a defeat that was and how low we felt after it.

“It left us in a position where a couple of defeats could have drawn us right into trouble.

“But we’ve picked ourselves up and performed well in the last three games.

“Tuesday night was all about rectifying the performance and result from two weeks ago.

“The lads certainly did that for me.”

Rovers will be looking to claim their first Fife derby win of the season at the eighth and final attempt this Saturday.

In the previous seven games against Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath this season, Rovers have managed four draws and three defeats.

They will get a final chance to address their poor derby record when Colin Cameron’s Cowdenbeath visit Stark’s Park on Saturday.

“We’ve not won against Cowdenbeath this season, but we’ve been very close,” Murray said.

“We then bounce straight into an away game against Partick on Tuesday night and that’s one we want to win as well.”

Murray also intends to give some of the club’s youngsters some game time in the remaining matches.

“Now’s a good time to start blooding them in,” he said. “A few of them have already had a taste of it this season.

“We’ll assess each game at a time and if they merit a place in the squad, they’ll be in.”