We’re playing for our jobs

Partick Thistle v Raith Rovers'Saturday 14th April 2012'Irn Bru 1st Division'Firhill Stadium'Score 1-1'Man of the Match Stuart Bannigan holds off the challenge'Photo by Tommy Taylor

Partick Thistle v Raith Rovers'Saturday 14th April 2012'Irn Bru 1st Division'Firhill Stadium'Score 1-1'Man of the Match Stuart Bannigan holds off the challenge'Photo by Tommy Taylor

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RAITH Rovers boss John McGlynn confirmed that jobs are on the line as the club battles to stay in the first division.

The Kirkcaldy side is in a precarious position sitting above the danger zone on goal difference with just three games left to play.

And with a return to part-time football a possibility should the club be relegated, the outcome could shape the club’s long-term future.

“We could be looking at people losing their jobs, which could affect their whole life,” McGlynn told the Press.

Pressure

“Last year we had the pressure of possibly going to the SPL and there’s a pleasure and excitement attached to that, however this is a totally different experience.

“We’re three games away from either staying in the league, or going to the second division, but it’s still in our hands.

“The players know the situation and it’s a challenge they are ready to face head on.

“We’ve got to stay very positive and make sure we get out of this situation, and I believe we’ve got the character and spirit to do it.

“We’ve come back from behind in many games, too many in fact as I’d rather we were taking the lead, but it shows we have the credentials you need to pull away.

“We’ve got enough experience in the squad, so we’re as well-equipped for it as any of the teams at the bottom.”

Not helping Rovers’ cause, however, has been their recent misfortune with refereeing decisions.

Aggrieved

They have had four goals disallowed in their last three away games, and a soft penalty awarded against them at home to Livingston, leaving McGlynn aggrieved.

“On Saturday, we’ve scored a perfectly good goal late in the game that’s been disallowed,” he said.

“If you take the one at Dundee as well that’s four points, and that would have us sitting in a very comfortable position right now.

“When you’re down at the bottom you don’t get these breaks – and it’s very frustrating.

“These mistakes could cost someone their livelihood.

“You could rant and rave, and run on the pitch, square up to the referee and give him dogs abuse.

“But you have to keep control of the situation, stay focused and represent the club in the best way.

“All we can do is try to get the best out of the players in the next game.”

Rovers battle for survival takes them to Falkirk this Saturday and Greenock on the final day, either side of a must-win clash at home to bottom club Queen of the South next week.

However, McGlynn is looking no further than this weekend’s trip to Falkirk Stadium.

“You’ve just got to focus on the next game,” he said.

“We can only put everything into the Falkirk game and then see where we are at five o’clock when the other results come in.

“We have played very well at Falkirk Stadium both this season and last, but not got the results to show for it – I think we’re due a break there.

“And without actually winning games, our away form has been good.

“The only blip was losing to Queen’s down at Palmerston, and there was nothing in that game.

“We’ve gone to places like Dens, Dingwall and Firhill and played some good football and made our opponents sweat.

“We feel we’re capable going to Falkirk and getting a result.”

Raith will be without the suspended Iain Davidson, while left back Willie Dyer is doubtful.