Raith fans urged to be more vocal

4211025 SSFF raith partick 'Laurie Ellis celebrates his opening goal with Brain Graham & Grant Murray - Raith Rovers against Partick Thistle at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

4211025 SSFF raith partick 'Laurie Ellis celebrates his opening goal with Brain Graham & Grant Murray - Raith Rovers against Partick Thistle at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

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RAITH Rovers fans have been urged to be more vocal after manager John McGlynn branded the atmosphere at recent home games ‘flat’.

Rovers’ victory over Partick on Saturday was only their second home win out of five so far this season – and McGlynn believes a quiet stadium is not helping.

“We appreciate everyone who comes to the games because we know it’s difficult, but we need to hear more noise from them,” he said.

“Our away support give us fantastic vocal backing, and from a manager’s point of view you just wish all the away fans would get together at home games and do the exact same, and encourage others to join in.

Intimidating

“There’s a lot of people who come to football matches to take out their anger, while others go into their shell, but that doesn’t really help the players to go out and express themselves.

“We’ve got to realise it’s working against us. Ross County got a lift a few weeks ago because it wasn’t intimidating. We needed more backing and noise to create an atmosphere.

“Teams like Ross County don’t bring any fans with them so we have to try and create that atmosphere ourselves to help the team.

“Of course, the team is there to try and get the fans on the edge of their seats and give them something to shout about and that’s what we always try to do – but it goes hand in hand.”

McGlynn hopes fans respond to his plea when a Queen of the South side complete with ex-Rovers Mark Campbell, Stephen Simmons and Kevin Smith visit Stark’s Park this Saturday.

Friends

“I’m sure they will come here and try to get the better of us,” he said. “It will be nice to see them again, but for 90 minutes they won’t be any friends of ours.

“We have to make sure we’re going about our business professionally and looking to be very selfish and take all three points.

“It was a good all-round performance against Partick so I wouldn’t imagine we’ll make any changes if that 11 stays fit between now and Saturday.”

The Partick match brought the first quarter of the season to a close and McGlynn insists his team are achieving its targets.

“We had to be sensible and realistic with forecasting how many points we’re looking to get,” he said. “With 12 points we’re roughly where we wanted to be.”

Iain Davidson has yet to train this week due to a groin injury and is a doubt for Saturday.