McGlynn happy with ten-man Raith performance despite defeat

John McGlynn says his side are getting back to a level of consistency in their performances to match the start to the season.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 9:00 am
Gozie Ugwu against Inverness (Pic: Fife Photo Agency)

The Stark’s Park boss said he was played with the display against Inverness, albeit unhappy with the result, and says Raith have been getting back to their best in recent games after an inconsistent run.

"I think the performance was very good against Inverness,” he says, “there was a consistency in the performance.

“So, we were beaten, but the consistency was there, whereas before we were going very good, then very poor.

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“I can see there's a level of consistency that you can guarantee we're going to deliver.

“I can't guarantee that we're going to score goals, though we hope to do that as we did for two-thirds of the season.

“We're doing the same things, it just didn't fall for us against Inverness, but that was made more difficult as we were down to 10 men. You don't have those same options.

"There was an upheaval. We had to lose one of the wingers to go more compact and stay in the game.

“The sending off changed our whole gameplan, but I thought once we worked out what to do as 10 men, we did well.

"To lose such a cheap goal though, that’s what is galling about it.”

Raith now travel to play Ayr United who will be bolstered with a good display against Hearts and an excellent win over Dundee in new boss David Hopkin’s first two games in charge.

"They had a good result against Dundee and they made it difficult for Hearts at the weekend.

“I was at the game. It took a long time for Hearts to go in front. Ayr played a low block and were very difficult to beat.

“They've scored three against Dundee and won that one. they haven't won too many games this season so, yes, they will take confidence from that, but we've got to dust ourselves down and look to bounce back.

“We had to do it against Alloa when we had to bounce back and we did it in that game.

“We want to stay in the top four, but at the same time we want to stay away from the teams at the bottom.”

He added: “We're not out of the woods yet.”