Raith skipper just glad to get through

Another great save from McGurn - Linlithgow Rose v Raith Rovers. Pic: Fife Photo Agency
Another great save from McGurn - Linlithgow Rose v Raith Rovers. Pic: Fife Photo Agency

Raith Rovers captain Jason Thomson stressed that the result was all that mattered after Saturday’s poor display against Lintlithgow Rose.

Rovers were given a tough examination by the junior side at a packed Prestonfield as Rose missed several chances to take the lead before a Ryan Conroy penalty midway through the second half and a late Paul Watson header sealed a 2-0 win for the Championship side.

Thomson told the Press: “Linlithgow will be disappointed they didn’t get something from the game - they probably deserved it.

“At the end of the day we won 2-0 - and whether we performed well or not we’re in the next round.

“It was always going to be a tough draw and we would’ve taken a scrappy win over playing well and losing, which you can do. We’re just happy to be through, whether we deserved it or not.”

Thomson stressed that he always expected a difficult test against the East Region Superleague side.

“I wasn’t surprised by them,” he said. “I’ve been to more than my fair share of junior games and seen good players.

“I’ve played with a couple of guys that play for them - I thought Strickland was really good for them up front and I never expected anything less.

“Obviously they are going to raise their game a bit to prove a point to people watching or clubs they’ve had before. I knew it was going to be a hard game.”

The first half was particularly troubling for Rovers with only goalkeeper David McGurn sparing the visitors’ blushes.

“Anyone watching the first half could see we didn’t play well,” Thomson said. “We had our bits to say at half-time which needed said.

“We came out and still didn’t perform great in the second half, but we got the two goals, and clean sheet which is something we’ve not had much of this season.

“The run we’ve been on hasn’t been great so it’s good to come here and pick up a win.

“We’ve now got our hardest game of the season at Tynecastle where Hearts have been blowing teams away.

“We’ve already been on the receiving end of a few of them this season so it’s something we’ll work on through the week and go there with some sort of plan so we don’t get blown away.”