We won’t get carried away

2712049 SSFF grant murray 'Grant Murray, new Manager of Raith Rovers - at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
2712049 SSFF grant murray 'Grant Murray, new Manager of Raith Rovers - at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

RAITH Rovers manager Grant Murray is refusing to get carried away with his team’s stunning start to the season.

Rovers have won all five competitive matches under Murray so far – three cup ties and two league games – and will look to make it six out of six at home to Livingston this Saturday.

It is the best start the new Raith manager could have possibly hoped for, but he is keeping his feet firmly on the ground.

“We’re just taking it one game at a time, and all the staff and players are of the same mind-set,” Murray told the Press. “We don’t have players here who will get carried away with anything.

“All we’ve done is have a good start to two league games, and two cups. Other teams in our league are winning games as well – look at Airdrie.

“Getting off to a flyer against Wick was key for us.

“Winning breeds confidence and we’ve taken it on since then.

“But this is a very competitive league and on their day, all the teams are capable of beating each other.

“We’ve just got to make sure we’re focused and prepared for the next game.”

Murray refuted any suggestion that Saturday’s win in Falkirk was his best result of the five.

“Personally, I think the week before against Hamilton was just as big,” he said. “Every week’s going to be a test. It’s a very competitive league with some great sides in it.”

Raith have a big week coming up with the Livi match followed by a League Cup trip to Ross County on Tuesday and a Fife derby at East End Park next Saturday.

Murray has yet to decide whether he will rest players in the cup tie – or plough ahead with his winning 11.

“You have to look at everything,” Murray said. “But if you’ve been involved in a team that’s started how we have, you want stay in that team no matter what.

“We’ll assess how the players are after Saturday, and take it from there.”

Raith took only one point from a possible 12 against Livingston last season, with the aggregate score over the previous two games 7-0 to the Lions.

“We’ve had two heavy defeats to Livingston in our last two games against them, but that’s something you learn from,” Murray said.

“They are a very good side. John Hughes and John Collins have them playing great football.

“But we’re at home so the onus is on us, and hopefully there will be a good crowd behind the boys, which there has been in every game this season.”