TV fans given false impression

3311072 SSFF raith headshots 'Allan Walker - Raith Rovers individual head shots - at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
3311072 SSFF raith headshots 'Allan Walker - Raith Rovers individual head shots - at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
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ALLAN Walker believes Raith Rovers gave a false account of themselves in front of a live television audience on Sunday.

The Raith captain was dismayed by the loss of three quick goals in just seven second half minutes as Rovers were taken apart by a rampant Partick side.

And he admitted that the players failed to do themselves justice in the Ramsdens Cup clash.

“We’ve started the season really well but in the last two games we’ve beat ourselves,” he told the Press.

“The three goals we gave away on Sunday is not what a Raith Rovers team is all about – and the manager said that.

“We caused our own problems for all the goals and a team like Partick, who are flying at the moment, are going to hurt you.”

Walker highlighted the ease with which Partick were able to switch play as being key to Rovers’ downfall.

“Switches of play killed us,” he said. “The first two goals came from throw-ins on the left and we let them play it out too easy.

“The first one isn’t even their throw-in, but you’ve got to get on with it.

“Fair play to Partick - they impressed me. They look a good side this year, but on our part, it’s not good enough.

“We’ve got to pick ourselves up because we’ve got another hard game next week.”

Raith were missing David McGurn and Dougie Hill to suspension, while Laurie Ellis was only fit enough to sit on the bench, and Ross Laidlaw was injured.

It meant a major reshuffle in defence, with teenager Reece Donaldson handed his first start of the season, and Kelty Hearts goalkeeper Alan Fleming thrown straight into the line-up as emergency cover.

But Walker refused to blame the result on the upheaval.

“In Laurie and Dougie we were missing two key players in the back four, but we’ve got the players to adapt,” he said.

“Yes the squad is small but we can’t make that an excuse.

“Everyone in Scotland has made cuts and we’re no different. It’s the way the game is now.

“Everyone was fit and we had a week to prepare for the game, so there’s no excuse.

“It’s always difficult losing the best goalie in the league but Alan came in and did really well.

“We’ve not given him any protection. He couldn’t have done anything at the three goals.

“It’s the 10 outfield players that let ourselves down.”

After starting the season with six wins and a draw, Raith have lost two games on the spin - a run which Walker wants to end at home to Airdrie on Saturday.

“You don’t want to start getting too many defeats – but at the moment it’s only two,” he said.

“If you look at our start, it’s not disastrous, and we have a chance to get back to winning ways at home this Saturday.

“We expect to win all our home games but Airdrie have started the season great, and they’ve got goals in their team.

“But if we want to put as many points on the board as possible we need to win our homes games - it’s as simple as that.”