Raith boss wants to keep derby edge

1212010 SSFF raith pars 'Allan Walker & Andy Geggan - Raith Rovers against Dunfermline FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
1212010 SSFF raith pars 'Allan Walker & Andy Geggan - Raith Rovers against Dunfermline FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
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RAITH Rovers manager Grant Murray has urged his players to take a derby mentality into every game.

Murray was delighted with the commitment shown by his team during the 1-1 draw with Dunfermline on Saturday.

And while insisting that he has had no issues with the players effort levels in previous games, he wants them to take the hard work from Saturday’s encounter into the remaining 10 games.

“Every player goes out to win games of football, but derbies always seem to have that extra edge,” he told the Press.

“Maybe that’s down to the size of the crowd, or what’s at stake, but for myself and other managers, it’s about getting the team to take that edge into every game.

“When you approach every game the same way that’s when you get consistency - and that’s what I want.

“If we can show the same effort and commitment we did on Saturday for the rest of the season it will go a long way towards winning games.”

The players motivation will be tested this Saturday when they travel to Excelsior Stadium for a SIXTH meeting with Airdrie this season.

“It’s just one of those things that if you draw a team from your league in the cups you could end up playing them six or seven times,” Murray said.

“This is the sixth time we’ve played Airdrie so we know what we’re up against.

“It will be a different type of game because it’s played on astroturf, but we have to go there in positive mood after the performance last Saturday.”

Raith could certainly do with the points to give them some breathing space ahead of Wednesday night’s trip to Dumbarton for a fixture that has been twice postponed.

“The league is very tight and we’ve got a lot of games coming up in a short period of time,” Murray said.

“We’ve got midweek games for the next four weeks running so it’s important that we get momentum going and start climbing the table.”

Raith have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip to Airdrie, although training was once again disrupted this week by the wintry weather as the players were forced to train indoors at World of Soccer in Edinburgh.

“It seems to be the Monday morning ritual at the moment that we have a downpour of snow and have to reorganise the week,” Murray said, “That’s just part and parcel of winter football.”

MATTHEW ELDER

Twitter: @mattelder_ffp