Video evidence leaves Rovers feeling hard done by

0212044 SSFF raith morton 'Damian Casalinouvo & Fouad Bachirou - Raith Rovers against Greenock Morton at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
0212044 SSFF raith morton 'Damian Casalinouvo & Fouad Bachirou - Raith Rovers against Greenock Morton at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
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RAITH Rovers will travel to Greenock on Saturday with a sense of injustice after reviewing footage of their Scottish Cup defeat to Morton.

Rovers boss John McGlynn told SportsPress that the club’s own video analysis equipment has revealed that his team had two goals wrongly ruled out for offside, and that the foul that led to Morton’s penalty kick winner was a fraction outside the box.

McGlynn said: “With modern technology we’ve been able to see that both John Baird and Iain Davidson were level with defenders, meaning they were onside.

“I can appreciate that they were tight calls, and it’s very easy for us to stop the video when the ball is leaving the players foot.

Split second

“In that split second when a defender steps out and an attacker steps forward it can appear to a linesman that the player is offside.

“However, we feel very hard done by because if these goals had counted we would have been 3-0 up at half-time, which we deserved from our first half performance.

“That wouldn’t excuse our second half performance because we made it very difficult for ourselves by giving the ball away far too much and giving our opponents time to play, although again, we look at the video evidence, and see that Grant Murray makes the challenge outside the box, albeit marginally.

“The momentum takes the striker into the box, and the referee is a good bit behind the play so I don’t think he can call if it was in or out the box.

Frustrated

“These decisions influenced the result of the game, so I feel frustrated, but it still doesn’t change the fact that we shot ourselves in the foot.”

Rovers snapped up striker Damian Casalinuovo prior to the cup match, and McGlynn hopes the Argentinean can fire his team to First Division safety.

He said: “We have a freshness up front now with Pat Clarke coming in and looking the business, and we know that Damian will do a good job.

“We’ll be looking to cause defences a lot of problems in second half of season.

“If we can turn these very tight 1-0 defeats we’ve suffered into 1-1 draws, or 2-1 victories, we will get a lot more points on the board.

Willie Dyer will return to the squad for the trip to Capppielow after serving a one-match suspension in the Scottish Cup last week.

Meanwhile, Rovers midfielder Allan Walker was involved in a heated exchange with his own supporters at the end of Saturday’s Scottish Cup defeat.

Walker walked from the halfway line to confront the group of fans – sitting near the front of the South Stand – at full-time before making his way down the tunnel.

A few hours later, the midfielder posted on social networking site Twitter that he was “absolutely devastated” adding “always play for the jersey and everyone involved with the club.”

McGlynn was aware that Walker had been involved in the spat, but added: “I was so down and disappointed after the game that although I seen something I never really got involved in it.

“However, it’s not something you would encourage. Allan shouldn’t get himself into that situation.

“Fans have the right to voice their opinion and as football players and managers you have to accept that.“