McGlynn: Raith players can approach semi-final with confidence

Raith Rovers boss John McGlynn says his side can go into the Premiership semi-final play-off with confidence.

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 2:58 pm
Gozie Ugwu celebrates his goal against Dunfermline (Pic: Fife Photo Agency)

The manager says the players were given a huge boost after the two-leg victory over their rivals Dunfermline and are now relishing the prospect of a double-header against Dundee to try and make it to the final.

The first leg is played as the FFP goes to press tonight (Wednesday), before the return leg kicks off at 7.45pm on Saturday night at Dens Park.

Both games will be televised live on BBC Scotland to add to the excitement.

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McGlynn said: “To win a derby game in the quarter-final of the play-offs is something that the guys have taken a lot of confidence and belief from.

“It was a big boost to us because we lost the last two games of the season so to get back to winning ways means they came out of it with a massive amount of credit.

“It was such a crucial game where the guys had to stand up, put their heads above the parapet and go on and win the match, which they did.

“There are a lot of positives to come out of the two legs.”

The Stark’s Park boss said he was particularly pleased that his players kept a clean sheet in both games, especially as the quarter-finals came straight after an uncharacteristically sloppy defensive performance in the 4-0 defeat at home to champions Hearts in the last game of the league season.

“There was a lot of character shown by the players to make sure that defeat to Hearts didn't affect them,” he says.

“Getting the clean sheet at East End Park and then following that up to make it back to back clean sheets was really good. We've only done that a couple of times this season

“It breeds confidence and helps everyone.

"It makes them believe that if you go and work hard and you've got a good organisation about you and everyone is willing to pull together, then you can get clean sheets.”