Raith defender Dougie says Dumbarton defeat was harsh

Dougie Hill felt Raith were robbed in Dumbarton
Dougie Hill felt Raith were robbed in Dumbarton

Raith Rovers defender Dougie Hill left Dumbarton on Saturday in no doubt that his team had been robbed following a 2-1 defeat.

Hill was fuming with referee Bobby Madden’s decision to award the hosts a contentious late penalty kick, while he also felt that Rovers’ performance deserved something from the game.

“We were the better team and we deserved to win,” he told the Press. “We’ve limited them and created numerous chances ourselves so it’s frustrating.

“Their first goal - it’s one of those ones he could hit another 100 times and never hit the target. We maybe needed to close him down a wee bit quicker but I thought we defended really well as a team.

“And it’s not a penalty any day of the week. The only person that thought it was in the stadium was the ref, but he’s the only person that matters.

“I didn’t expect any more from him to be honest, he gave us nothing all game.”

Hill believes that more performances like Saturday will drag Rovers out of their current slump.

“There are positives to take but you can play brilliant every week and get relegated, or play terrible every week and win the league,” he said.

“It’s about grinding out results then if we keep playing the way we did today then I’ve no doubt that we’ll start winning games and start climbing the table. It’s just tyring to stick to that and hopefully the fans can get behind us.”

Hill’s team mate Christian Nade was involved in a dispute with an angry fan at full-time, but Hill felt the criticism was harsh.

“I know the fans are frustrated, we’re frustrated - everyone’s frustrated - but it doesn’t help when you come off, and they must know themselves that we didn’t play badly, but they’re giving a couple of boys stick,” he said.

“Sometimes team’s need it every now and again but when you’re down in the dumps and it’s continuous - even when you’ve played well and been unlucky - there’s times and places to do it. I don’t think we deserved that.”

Despite the defeat, Hill is delighted to be back in the side after seven months out injured.

“It’s been a bit of a baptism of fire but for me I’m probably 90 per cent fit just now,” he said. “Getting more games will help.”