We can’t enjoy our summer after ‘terrible’ end to season

Paul Watson challenges for a header during Raith's 2-0 defeat to Livingston on Saturday. Pic: Neil Doig
Paul Watson challenges for a header during Raith's 2-0 defeat to Livingston on Saturday. Pic: Neil Doig

Raith Rovers defender Paul Watson admitted he won’t be able to enjoy his summer after losing to 10-man Livingston in the final game of the season.

Watson captained the side in the absence of regular skipper Jason Thomson but could do little to prevent Rovers from finishing the season with a third straight defeat.

“It’s the worst thing that can happen because you can’t enjoy your summer holidays now because you’ve got that sour taste in your mouth,” he said.

“It’s a terrible way to end - we just didn’t turn up, simple as that. It sums up our season - it’s not been good enough.

“The way we started the season I thought was different class, but since Christmas, I don’t know what’s happened to us, we’ve just fell away. It’s hard to put your finger on it.”

Watson went as far as to suggest that Saturday’s defeat could work in Rovers favour as they look to rebuild over the summer.

“I don’t accept defeat, but maybe the best thing that could happen was to lose because if we’d won it would’ve just papered over the cracks.

“The league doesn’t lie, we are where we are.

“It’s a disappointing end, but all credit to Livingston, they dug in with 10 men, and got the three points.”

Watson is currently in negotations with the club over a new contract for next season and he is keen to stay at Stark’s Park.

“The manager has spoken to me and we’re negotiating terms, but nothing has been decided yet,” he said.

“I think we’ve got a good squad here, you saw how we started the season, and if we kept that going we’d have been in the play-offs at the top.

“I feel we’re maybe one or two players away from it.”

While the league campaign failed to meet expectations, Watson is proud to have been part of the Ramsdens Cup win.

“The cup win was brilliant, although we’re kind of lucky we did win it, because the league campaign was that bad,” he said.

“It was a great day and something that will be with us and the fans for the rest of our lives.

“If you said to us at the start of the season that we’d stay in the division and win the cup we’d have taken it, but it’s disappointing after the way we started - we know we should be doing better.”