Raith midfielder answering the critics

Liam Fox steers the ball away from Liam Buchanan - Alloa v Raith. Pic: Fife Photo Agency
Liam Fox steers the ball away from Liam Buchanan - Alloa v Raith. Pic: Fife Photo Agency

Two weeks ago Liam Fox was sarcastically cheered by Raith Rovers fans as he was substituted in a Challenge Cup defeat against Dunfermline.

On Saturday, the 30-year-old midfielder was one of the best players on the park as Rovers made it two wins from two in the league with a 1-0 victory in Alloa.

Fox has showed impressive character to bounce back from the criticism, and his main aim is to retain his place in the team.

“These things happen,” he told the Press. “That’s football and people are entitled to their opinions.

“As long as the players and management are happy that’s my main concern.

“It was a massive disappointment against Dunfermline and we felt we’d let ourselves down.

“We didn’t perform the way we could, and being a derby we understood how much it meant to the fans.

“The best way to get over that was to win these first two league games and that’s what we’ve done.

“Even this early in the season the boys had to stick together.

“We’ve got a good group who want to do well for the football club, which is important.

“It’s a team game and my main concern is that the boys are winning, and that the manager is happy with my performances.

“I’m delighted to be playing, and it’s up to me to keep myself in the team.”

Rovers made eight new signings in the summer and Fox is convinced that they have improved the side.

“The whole squad has improved, you can see that from the standards in training,” he said.

“We’ve got stuff to work on but it always takes time for people to build up relationships when you have that many new signings.

“It keeps the players who are playing on their toes knowing there’s boys who can come in at any given moment.

“Competition is healthy.”

Fox is now looking forward to taking on his first club, Hearts, in Saturday’s big league match at Stark’s Park.

“Winning games breeds confidence so it’s a game we can look forward to,” he said.

“Obviously Hearts are a massive club but it’s just another league with three points at stake.”