Raith Rovers relishing crucial double-header

Raith players congratulate Pat Clarke after his last minute penalty equaliser at Ross County. Picture by Ken Macpherson

Raith players congratulate Pat Clarke after his last minute penalty equaliser at Ross County. Picture by Ken Macpherson

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RAITH Rovers left it late to snatch a point against runaway league leaders Ross County - now boss John McGlynn is looking to take that never-say-die attitude into the next two crucial home games.

Pat Clarke’s injury time penalty meant that the Kirkcaldy side came away undefeated in their away games with the division’s top two sides, points that manager John McGlynn believes were deserved.

“Over the 90 minutes in Dingwall we deserved a point,” he said.

“We played very good, well controlled football in the first half, but we came under a bit of pressure and lost a scrappy goal with six minutes to go.

“However, the guys showed great spirit and a never-say-die attitude and kept going right to the end.

Pressure

“There was a lot of pressure on Pat but he was very calm and tucked it away it could turn out to be a very crucial point.”

McGlynn hopes that Rovers’ improved performances of late have proven some doubters wrong.

He said: “There would have been a lot of people outwith the club who would have thought that we’d have got no points from these last two games, and although we always look to win I think we’ve done well.

“We’ve now got to make sure that because we’ve done well away from home against Ross County and Dundee that we don’t think it’s just a matter of turning up and getting the points in our next two games.”

Double-header

Rovers face a testing home double-header with Hamilton the visitors on Saturday, before Livingston come to Stark’s Park on Tuesday.

McGlynn said: “We’ll need to work extremely hard - in fact, even lift our game to make sure that we do pick up the points and get above Ayr United as soon as possible.

“We go into every game looking to win and these are winnable.

“We’ve had good, close games against Hamilton. The draw at their place was a great game, and we beat them here in a real nail-biter.

“They’ve picked up recently but we feel we can do something against them.”

McGlynn believes his side can be lifted by looking for revenge against Livingston having suffered a heavy defeat from the West Lothian side in February.

“We’re due Livingston one. They played well against us last time - hands up, they did us - but now we need to rectify that.”