THERE are few more frustrating ways to lose a football match than conceding a goal from a corner kick.
Raith defender Paul Watson certainly echoed that sentiment after the 1-0 defeat to Hamilton in the opening league game of the season on Saturday.
Watson and the rest of the back four produced a solid performance throughout the 90 minutes, with several good tackles and interceptions made during periods of the game when Hamilton were on top.
However, all the good work was undone in the 68th minute when a knock-down fell to the unmarked Accies striker James Keatings inside the six-yard box and he hit home what proved to be the winning goal.
“We’re absolutely gutted,” Watson told the Press. “It’s a game we really thought we could have won.
“It’s particularly disappointing to lose the goal from a set play. We felt we were on top at that time and it was a killer blow.
“The ball got flicked on, it’s hit me in the face, and it’s bounced to their number seven.
“It’s a lucky goal and it’s really frustrating because we played well as a back four.
“Our goalkeeper hasn’t really had a save to make until the corner that led to the goal.
“I thought it was going to finish 0-0, so it’s disappointing to take nothing from the game.”
Watson joined from Livingston in the summer and has been paired with Dougie Hill at centre-half.
“I knew Dougie before I came here so we’ve gelled quite quickly,” Watson explained.
“I had a few sniffs down in England, then the manager contacted me about coming here. I know a lot of the boys here, so I was delighted to come.”
Another new face in the back four this season is left back Callum Booth who is on a season-long loan from Hibs.
He picked up the sponsors man of the match award on Saturday but that was of little consolation.
“It’s a terrible start,” he said. “We’ve had a good pre-season and we think we’ve got a right good chance this season, so it’s a tough one to take.
“We just need to move on and get ourselves ready for Cowdenbeath.”