We will learn from friendly drubbing, says Raith boss

Raith forward Mark Stewart breaks between two York City players. Pic: Fife Photo Agency

Raith forward Mark Stewart breaks between two York City players. Pic: Fife Photo Agency

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Raith Rovers manager Grant Murray has insisted the team will learn from Tuesday night’s hammering at the hands of York City.

Rovers were comprehensively out-played in the 4-0 pre-season friendly drubbing but gaffer Murray insisted the match served its purpose.

“Whether you win, lose or draw you learn something from every pre-season game,” he told the Press.

“I think you learn more from defeats, especially heavy defeats like that.

“I expected a difficult game, but it was very frustrating to lose four goals.

“They punished us at every opportunity.

“We gave away two soft, poor goals from set pieces, and after that York kept things simple and made us work.

“It was difficult for us, but it lets us know it was a difficult test.”

Murray pointed out that Rovers also lost heavily this time last year, suffering a 5-0 friendly defeat to Hearts at Stark’s Park, before going on a 15-game unbeaten run.

“You’re better having these games in pre-season than during the season,” Murray added.

“We probably learned more from it than we did in the previous two games.”

Pre-season has not gone as smoothly as Rovers would have liked with several key players missing games due to injury.

Kevin Cuthbert, Craig Barr, Martin Scott and Dougie Hill have yet to feature in any friendlies while Kevin Moon also missed the York game.

Murray hopes to have some of his key men back for this Saturday’s final warm-up match against Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Stark’s Park.

“We’ll be looking for an improvement,” Murray said.

“First of all we want to eradicate the goals we lost on Tuesday, and we want a clean sheet.

“We hope to get some of our injured players back on Saturday, but maybe not all of them.”

Recently released Rangers defender Ross Perry trained with Raith last week and was offered a short term deal to help cover injuries.

However, the 24-year-old centre-back rejected the offer as an agreement could not be reached over the length of contract.

Out of contract striker Archie Campbell, previously with Morton, also featured for Raith as trialist in the 2-2 draw with Edinburgh City last week.

However, he was not been involved in the following two matches and does not appear to be on his way to Stark’s Park.

Murray explained: “He asked if he could train with us to see if anything was available but at this moment in time it’s not a priority.”

When asked if he was considering bringing any other players to the club, Murray added: “Not at the minute, but if it happens, it happens.

“I’d rather get the players we’ve got signed fit first and foremost.”