WE DEFEND AS A TEAM

Simon Mensing is congratulated after his last minute equaliser for Rovers at Cowdenbeath
Simon Mensing is congratulated after his last minute equaliser for Rovers at Cowdenbeath
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RAith boss Grant Murray praised his players for the fighting spirit they showed in coming back twice from being two goals behind in the Fife derby against Cowdenbeath and admitted it was a game they may have lost last season.

Murray is delighted that Rovers are finding the net with relative ease this season in contrast to last year’s campaign when the team found goals hard to come by, but admitted he was disappointed with the goals conceded.

He said: “In the end it was a good point when you score so late in the game and having been two goals behind twice you’ll take it.

“Credit to the guys for getting right back in it and scoring right at the end. But after scoring four goals away from home and coming away with only a point you’re disappointed. Colin Cameron will be feeling the same - they were in a great position twice in the game. But overall, I’m disappointed with the goals we lost.”

The boss is unhappy with the amount of goals that Rovers have shipped recently - six in their last two league games - and is determined that the team get the balance between scoring and conceding correct.

“We had a spell at the start of the season where we had a few clean sheets which was great,” he said. “I’m delighted that we’re scoring goals but in this league you have to make sure you don’t concede.

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“If you don’t then you’ve got a good chance of winning games.”

Murray was keen to stress that losing goals is down to the whole team - not just the boys at the back.

“It’s teams that lose goals,” he said. “Just because we lost four doesn’t mean that the defence gets pinpointed, We’ve got to work on it as a team.

You get punished in this league for making mistakes and you have to work on it to eradicate them and make sure they don’t happen week in, week out.”

With the first quarter of the season complete Murray’s confident that Rovers are still in touch with the teams at the top of the table, despite dropping a few needless points on the way.

“We definitely dropped points at home against Partick and Dumbarton which would have kept us even closer to that top tier,” he said.

Rovers now head to New Douglas Park on Saturday to take on Hamilton on league duty with a full squad to choose from, aiming to get another victory over the side defeated 2-0 at Stark’s Park back in August.

Murray said: “It’s going to be a very difficult game. Hamilton are a good footballing team. Billy Reid’s got a very young enthusiastic squad there along with experienced guys as well.

“He’s got them playing really well and you have to be aware of that.

“It’s a great pitch there and we’re looking forward to playing on it.”