Raith defender sickened by late goal

Irn Bru Scottish League Division One, Falkirk v Raith Rovers. Picture by Gary Hutchison, Murdoch goal/cele.
Irn Bru Scottish League Division One, Falkirk v Raith Rovers. Picture by Gary Hutchison, Murdoch goal/cele.
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EDDIE Malone wants Raith Rovers to kick their bad habit of losing late goals.

Falkirk’s injury-time equaliser on Tuesday night means Raith have now lost 11 points in the last 10 minutes of games this season.

Brian Graham’s 23rd goal of the season looked to have won the match for Rovers until Stewart Murdoch headed home a 91st minute corner kick to rescue a point for the Bairns.

Malone told the Press: “To lose a goal from a corner kick in the last 30 seconds is a kick in the teeth. We just have to go and defend it better, but that’s the way things have gone for us recently.

“We’ve probably deserved to pick up more points in the the last three or four games than we have, but we just cant seem to grind out 1-0 or 2-1 wins.

“It would have been good to come away with a win because Falkirk are only a few points ahead of us and we have games in hand. It’s a bit of a sickener but we just need to roll on to Saturday now.”

Tuesday’s match saw Malone play alongside Grant Murray for the first time since August and he was pleased to see the player-manager back in the side.

“I thought he was solid,” Malone said. “He’s very vocal on the pitch and that helps keep everyone in their positions. He speaks to the whole team.

“He maybe should have played himself a bit more than he has, but I think he’s wanted to give boys their chance. We can rely on him to come in and do a job with big Simon being out. It’s like having a new player in the team.”

Rovers also introduced new loan signing Josh Watt from the bench for the last 20 minutes – a player Malone had difficulty against earlier this season.

“I played against Josh earlier in the season when he was on loan at Airdrie and he caused me lot of problems,” he said. “I probably got him his move here!

“He can go inside and outside, and when he came on he did really well taking us up the pitch by going on runs.

“It’s good to bring him into the squad and I’m sure he’ll do well between now and the end of the season.”

Raith take on bogey side Livingston this Saturday looking to end a seven-game winless run against them.

“We beat Livingston five times at Ayr last season but it seems we can’t get anything out them here,” Malone said. “We just need to forget that it’s them and treat it like any other game.

“The boys will be itching to get on the pitch and put a few things straight because we don’t think there’s much difference between the teams.”

MATTHEW ELDER

Twitter: @mattelder_ffp