Rovers look to get back on track at home

Raith manager Grant Murray (right) on the touchline at Falkirk on Saturday with assistant Paul Smith. Pic Lisa McPhillips
Raith manager Grant Murray (right) on the touchline at Falkirk on Saturday with assistant Paul Smith. Pic Lisa McPhillips
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Raith Rovers will hope to use home advantage to get their season back on track after three consecutive away defeats in the league.

Rovers have endured a tough run on the road recently with three defeats against teams in the top five.

But with the next two matches both at Stark’s Park - where Rovers are unbeaten since August - against teams from the bottom half of the table, there is an ideal opportunity to bounce back.

But manager Grant Murray has warned against any complacency ahead of the visit of Dumbarton this Saturday.

“I don’t look upon it as a winnable game on paper - I think if you get carried away with that, it can slap you in the face,” he said.

“With it being a home game, and the form we’ve produced at home this season, it’s a winnable game.

“We’ve got to take all the positives from our games this season and if we can get that right on the day, then we’re capable of winning it.

“If we don’t start well and allow Dumbarton into it, we know they are capable of scoring goals. If we allow that to happen, it will be a difficult day for us.”

Murray described Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Falkirk as a “learning curve”, adding: “There’s one thing the squad have got, they’ve always got fight in them, and there will be weeks where we don’t perform. It’s about how you bounce back from defeats that matters.”

The manager, assistant Paul Smith and coach Laurie Ellis all put pen to paper on new contracts last week that will keep them at Stark’s Park until the end of season 2015/16.

Murray added: “Things have gone reasonably well over the last year and a half.

“Getting the job in the first place was great for myself; now the board have shown another bit of faith in us again.”

Rovers are hopeful Liam Fox might return to the squad this Saturday but Paul Watson and David McGurn remain sidelined.