Raith frustrated by 10-man Airdrie

4812029 SSFF airdrie raith 'tackle on Grant Anderson that led to Jack Boyle's second yellow card & sending off -  Airdrie United against Raith Rovers at the Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie

4812029 SSFF airdrie raith 'tackle on Grant Anderson that led to Jack Boyle's second yellow card & sending off - Airdrie United against Raith Rovers at the Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie

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RAITH Rovers manager Grant Murray was less than happy his team’s performance in the goalless draw at Airdrie on Saturday.

Rovers failed to make the extra man count after the hosts were reduced to 10 men with 25 minutes left, however it was the lacklustre first half performance that frustrated Murray most.

“They certainly had the better of the first half,” he said. “I don’t think we performed at all.

“We didn’t use the ball well enough, or keep it for long enough, and they put us under a bit of pressure.

“The guys defended well and kept them out, but we didn’t cause them any problems at all.

“You’ve got to get into the opposition’s half to score goals, and we managed to turn it around in the second half and have a bit more of a go at them, but there’s no point doing it for one half.

“Based on the 90 minutes, a draw was a fair result.”

It was the third meeting between the teams this month after the Scottish Cup tie at the Excelsior Stadium on November 3 finished 2-2, with Raith requiring extra-time in the replay at Stark’s Park to secure a 4-3 win.

Raith striker Brian Graham was red carded in the first cup tie, but it was Airdrie’s Jack Boyle who took an early bath on this occasion after picking up two yellow cards in the space of two minutes.

Graham said: “There wasn’t too many chances. It was one of those games where you just need to fight your corner.

“They started particularly well, and we just had to weather the storm, but I thought the game was different in the second half. We were more on the front foot and, with an extra man, we should have went on to win the game.

“We came here with high hopes of getting the three points so it’s two points dropped for us.”