Sooner we learn the better

1013029 SSFF raith 3tickets 'L - R: Grant Murray, Laurie Ellis - promoting the Raith Rovers three-match ticket offer - at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
1013029 SSFF raith 3tickets 'L - R: Grant Murray, Laurie Ellis - promoting the Raith Rovers three-match ticket offer - at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
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RAITH manager Grant Murray has demanded more resilience from his side after the loss of another late goal cost them victory in Falkirk in Tuesday.

The injury-time equaliser prevented Rovers from earning a first away win since October, and means they have now lost 11 points in the last 10 minutes of games this season.

Murray, who played himself for the first time since August, told the Press: “I’ve told the players that we can’t be a team that needs to score two or three goals to win games.

“I want us to be able to see out 1-0 wins. We got ourselves into a good position in the game, but we leave disappointed because the late goal knocks everything out of you.

“It was the same against Cowdenbeath - we were 1-0 up with 10 minutes to go but only took a point.

“We need to see out these games by making better decisions and doing what’s required to get the three points.

“The sooner we learn it, the better.”

Murray was a surprise starter on Tuesday night having spent almost the entire season in the dug-out, but with Simon Mensing injured and Dougie Hill banned, he felt his hand was forced.

“We were missing two centre-halves so we had a decision to make at the back,” he said.

“I’ve never sat out for that long before so I didn’t really know how I would cope.

“I’ve kept myself fit in training because I knew at the start of the season that there would come a time where I might be needed - and I certainly was on Tuesday night.

“I’ve been involved in reserve games but there’s a big difference at first team level. I do miss it and I enjoyed the game.”

Hill will return from suspension for the home match against managerless Livingston on Saturday, which is followed quickly by the visit of title-chasing Partick Thistle on Tuesday.

Raith have not tasted victory over Livi since 2001 - a statistic Murray is desperate to end.

“We haven’t got a good record against them and that’s one thing I want to fix sooner rather than later,” he said.

“They have just lost their manager, and their head man in John Collins as well, but the new manager could be sitting in the stand, so their guys have got something to play for.

“They are a very good footballing side, but it’s all about what we do at home.”

Raith have brought in winger Josh Watt on-loan from Motherwell for the remainder of the season as a replacement for David Smith, who has returned to Hearts.

Meanwhile, Rovers are hoping to encourage supporters to attend three home games in the space of a week with a special “hat-trick” ticket offer.

The club is offering a three-match ticket for the upcoming home games against Livingston (9th), Partick (12th) and Dunfermline (16th) for a cut price of £40 for adults, and £20 for concessions, saving £11 and £7 respectively.

The tickets are on sale now from the Stark’s Park office, ACA Sports on Kirkcaldy High Street, and online from Livesport.co.uk.

MATTHEW ELDER

Twitter: @mattelder_ffp