Two-in-a-row for manager of the month Murray

Grant Murray - Manager of Raith Rovers with his Manager of the Month Award for October 2013 - at Stark's Park. Pic: Walter Neilson

Grant Murray - Manager of Raith Rovers with his Manager of the Month Award for October 2013 - at Stark's Park. Pic: Walter Neilson

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Grant Murray praised his Raith Rovers players for their consistency after collecting his second manager of the month award in a row.

Murray scooped the SPFL Championship award for October after guiding Raith to four wins and a draw, continuing an unbeaten run that had previously secured him the monthly prize for September.

“It’s results that win you awards like this, and it‘s the players that are out there getting the results, so I’m thankful to them for that,” Murray said.

“It’s fantastic from my point of view winning it two months in a row, but it just shows the consistency the players have given me.

“I’m happy with the way we’re playing as well, I think we’ve deserved the points we’ve got so far.”

Rovers early season form has taken them into the Ramsdens Cup final against Rangers in April, while they are currently sitting third in the table, five points behind leauge leaders Hamilton Accies.

“We need to keep our feet on the ground - we’re just into the second quarter,” Murray said.

“We’ve had a good start but we’re only sitting third.

“We’re in a better position than we were last season, which for me is huge, because we want to improve every season.”

With the top two, Dundee and Hamilton, going head to head on Saturday, Rovers will be hoping to capitalise with a victory over Alloa that would see them claw back points on one, or both, of the teams above them.

“First and foremost we’ve got to look after our own situation, and it will be a hard game at Alloa,” Murray said.

“They are a very organised side that play some good football, and they are on the back of two good wins, one in the Scottish Cup.

“If we perform well we’ll have a chance of winning the game, then we can look at the table and see where we are.

“We can’t get tied up over what might happen in on other games that we can’t affect.
“Teams will be cutting each other’s throats all season - it’s that kind of league.”