Thomson’s relief from goal grief

Jason Thomson lifts the ball over Jamie Ewings for Rovers second goal against Dumbarton. Pic: Neil Doig
Jason Thomson lifts the ball over Jamie Ewings for Rovers second goal against Dumbarton. Pic: Neil Doig
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Jason Thomson was delighted to score his first goal for Raith Rovers on Saturday for two reasons.

Not only did his 74th minute strike secure victory over Dumbarton, it also got the assistant-manager off his back!

The Raith captain got on the end of a flowing counter-attack move to put 10-man Rovers 2-0 up, bagging his first goal in his 63 appearances.

And the right back hopes that will bring an end to Paul Smith’s constant reminders about his blank record.

“It was my first goal for the club so I was delighted with it,” said the 26-year-old.

“I’ve taken a bit of stick from Smudger over past couple of years so hopefully that’ll put an end to that!

“It was a great counter-attack and I just took off to make sure I got on the end of it.

“It was nice wee dinked finish as well - I don’t know where I produced that from!

“The ‘keeper was that close to me it was probably the only way I could score.”

Strong winds and driving rain made conditions difficult for the players and Rovers had to dig even deeper following a 60th minute red card to Joe Cardle.

“Conditions didn’t make for an easy game to play football, so just getting the three points was most important,” he said.

“We’d have fancied ourselves strongly at home to Dumbarton but weather like that makes it a level playing field.

“It probably wasn’t our best performance of the season, but it was never going to be pretty football.

“What we did show is that we can dig in and win games in a battle, even with 10 men.

“I’d actually forgotten we had 10 men, which just shows how well we did.”

Rovers welcome Cowdenbeath to Stark’s Park on Saturday for a pre-Christmas derby and Thomson expects a tough challenge.

“They got a great result at Dens Park so they’ll take confidence from that,” he said.

“We’ve done well at home, only losing once on the first day of the season, so hopefully we can keep that going.

“We’re only three points off the top of the table so a win is vital.”