Raith want to keep pressure on league leaders

Calum Elliot retrieves the ball from the net as Dougie Hill celebrates his goal against Cowdenbeath. Pic: Neil Doig

Calum Elliot retrieves the ball from the net as Dougie Hill celebrates his goal against Cowdenbeath. Pic: Neil Doig

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Raith Rovers hope to bring some festive cheer back to the club this Saturday after the derby disappointment against Cowdenbeath.

Rovers conceded a 90th minute equaliser to draw 3-3 with their Fife rivals, and drop four points behind league leaders Dundee, who won at Alloa.

Rovers travel to Livingston this Saturday and defender Dougie Hill does not want to fall any further behind the Dark Blues ahead of the club’s meeting at Stark’s Park on January 2.

“People think Dundee might spend when the transfer window opens so we want to stay as close to them as possible,” he said.

“Four points isn’t a massive gap but it would’ve been good to have won on Saturday and kept it at two points when they come here next week.

“We need to get the points at Livingston to make sure that gap doesn’t get bigger.”

Hill played a key role in the Cowdenbeath match scoring a first half equaliser, and winning the penalty that put Rovers 3-2 ahead. He felt that referee Greg Aitken may have got both penalty decisions wrong.

“To be honest I thought my penalty was quite soft,” he said. “He had a grip of me and I had a grip of him.

“I think the ref was just trying to even it up because the first penalty was never a penalty in a million years. I think he’s realised he made a bad decision and levelled it up.

“Big Ross (Laidlaw) has given him a decision to make, and I don’t think he had to, but he got two hands on the ball. I’m at the same angle as the ref and I can see it’s not a penalty.”

Raith boss Grant Murray added: “It’s hard to take losing a goal so late and the players are very disappointed.

“We’ve dropped two points but, apart from the first game of the season, we’re still unbeaten at home so we’ve got to take positives.

“We had to make a lot of changes and tinker with a lot of things but I felt it worked for us.”

Grant Anderson could return to training this week after a knee injury, but Joe Cardle remains suspended for the trip to Livingston. Laurie Ellis and Greig Spence are also doubtful after picking up injuries against Cowdenbeath.