Raith results not acceptable

SSFF 1713005 hamilton raith  Brian Graham shoots over the bar- Hamilton Accies against Raith Rovers at New Douglas Park, Hamilton

SSFF 1713005 hamilton raith Brian Graham shoots over the bar- Hamilton Accies against Raith Rovers at New Douglas Park, Hamilton

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BRIAN Graham branded Raith Rovers’ season unacceptable after defeat to Hamilton consigned them to the bottom half of division one.

Rovers could have still finished as high as third until Saturday’s loss, something the 25-goal striker reckons the Stark’s Park squad should have been capable of.

“It’s a consistency thing,” he told the Press. “We want to be challenging at the top of the league, but this season has not been acceptable.

“We’ve got good players in this team and we should be up there, but we’ve lost and drawn too many games.

“We’ve lost a lot of late goals as well, and that’s killed us.

“We just need to pick ourselves up for next season because it’s not been good enough for the players we’ve got in there.”

Graham was speaking after a frustrating afternoon in Hamilton where he felt starved of service for most of the 90 minutes.

“I felt as if I was just running about chasing shadows,” he said.

“The only time I was getting a touch was when the ‘keeper was kicking it and I was flicking it on.

“Whenever I tried to bring the ball down there was four Hamilton boys round me, and when I looked for support it wasn’t there. It was just a horrible game.”

Graham, like the rest of the Rovers squad, is out of contract in the summer and his goal-scoring exploits won’t see him short on offers.

He has already been linked with Partick Thistle and Dundee United, however, the 25-year-old would be willing to stay at Raith for another year.

“As far as I’m aware none of the boys have been offered contracts because I don’t think the gaffer has his budget,” he said.

“There’s been bits and bobs from elsewhere, but it’s up to the club to offer me a contract and make my mind up.

“I’m enjoying my football here and if they offer me a deal, and it’s right for me and my family, I would sign it.

“I’ve just got to sit tight and hopefully I’ll hear something over the next few weeks.”

Budgeting for next season has been held up by league reconstruction talks, but Graham reckons it’s gate prices that need looked at.

“Fans can’t afford to go,” he said. “Clubs need to do something about pricing to get fans back. We have great stadiums, but they’re all empty.”

MATTHEW ELDER

Twitter: @mattelder_ffp