Team spirit goes a long way

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Joe Cardle believes team spirit could be the key to a Raith Rovers promotion push.

Rovers 4-2 victory over Alloa on Saturday added more fuel to growing talk of the club as a potential title contender.

Joe Cardle (far right), pictured celebrating Grant Anderson's goal in the 4-2 win over Alloa, believes Raith's team spirit can take them far

Joe Cardle (far right), pictured celebrating Grant Anderson's goal in the 4-2 win over Alloa, believes Raith's team spirit can take them far

And Cardle, who won the league with Dunfermline in season 2010-11, believes the dressing room atmosphere at Stark’s Park could take them down a similar path.

“I wouldn’t have joined the team if I didn’t think the boys would be sitting near the top,” he told the Press.

“The boys have got a great chance this season. It’s one of the best team spirits I’ve been involved with and that goes a long way.

“When it gets to the dark winter months, and you get those tough away games, that’s when it can really kick in.

“It’s a great changing room and there’s some quality in there as well, as we’ve shown in the last few weeks.

“If we keep winning games you never know what can happen.”

Cardle was instrumental in Rovers victory on Saturday, scoring two and setting up another as Rovers moved into second place in the table.

“We knew Alloa would be a tough side to play against,” he said.

“Even though they’ve just came into the league they’re always going to be all guns blazing.

“We made it hard work but 4-2 is a good result in the end.”

One of Cardle’s goals came direct from a cross that was dummied into the net by Calum Elliot.

“That’s my job - to make goals,” he explained.

“I’ve just cut inside from the touchline and done what I normally do - aimed for the far post.

“Calum’s left it and the ‘keeper’s missed it so I’ll take that all season - they call count towards the tally!”

Another key moment in the match was Alloa striker Andy Kirk’s open goal miss at 2-2.

“I played with Kirky for four years at Dunfermline and never in my time have I seen him miss one like that,” he said.

“It was unfortunate for him but we’re happy he missed it.

“It’s a massive let-off because if he scores that they probably go on to win the game.

“The game changed from there and we got the goals and took them well.”