Raith Rovers: Manager Ian Murray targeting Viaplay Cup last 16 spot with victory at Annan Athletic this Saturday after winning penalty shootout at Kilmarnock

After his team’s fine exploits in winning 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw at Kilmarnock on Wednesday night, Raith Rovers manager Ian Murray says he is looking forward to receiving backing from an increased away support in their Viaplay Cup Group F decider at Annan Athletic this Saturday, kick-off 3pm.
Raith boss Ian Murray surveys the action at Rugby Park (Pic by Roddy Scott/SNS Group)Raith boss Ian Murray surveys the action at Rugby Park (Pic by Roddy Scott/SNS Group)
Raith boss Ian Murray surveys the action at Rugby Park (Pic by Roddy Scott/SNS Group)

Raith will go into the tie third in the group table on six points from three games, trailing leaders Dunfermline Athletic (eight points from four matches) and second-placed Kilmarnock (seven points from three fixtures), as the battle to secure a second round spot intensifies. Only the eight group winners and the three best runners-up will reach the last 16.

“As a team and as a unit I could not have asked for any more,” Murray told RaithTV after full-time at Rugby Park.

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"Regardless of whether we’d won the game or lost the game, be that on penalties or in 90 minutes.

"Because overall we stood up really well against a really professional top league team with a fantastic manager.

"And we've given ourselves an opportunity now to hopefully be in that last 16 come Saturday evening.

"We know it’s going to be a really tough game down at Annan.

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"We know now we’re probably going to have a bit more backing at the game than we would have because we’ve made it a big game and that’s all you can do.

"We look to replicate the same level of work-rate, tempo, enthusiasm and hopefully the quality takes care of itself. If we don’t do it, it won’t be for a lack of trying.

"Our biggest thing is recovery because the boys need to recover very quickly, it’s a tough ask for them.

"We had Jack (Hamilton) back tonight and Euan Murray back tonight but they are not quite up to match speed to go and play in such a big game probably.

"And the boys that played tonight deserve an opportunity.”