Cuthbert backs supporters as he starts to find form

Kevin Cuthbert makes another important save against Livingston. Pic: FPA
Kevin Cuthbert makes another important save against Livingston. Pic: FPA

Raith Rovers keeper Kevin Cuthbert says he’s confident that his indifferent form of the past is now well behind him.

Having been handed the No.1 jersey for this season ahead of David McGurn, ‘Cat’ freely admits that his form was below par last year but says that he has been working hard over the summer to get in peak condition for this season.

One thing I like about our supporters is that they’re very vocal

Kevin Cuthbert

And it would appear to be paying off - Cuthbert arguably having his best game for the club with two stunning saves against Livingston on Saturday.

He puts the improvement down to the new training regime at the club installed by manager Ray McKinnon.

“If you compare last season to this season so far in terms of training, demands in training, demands upon yourself and in games, the manager has set a standard for the players from the very first training session.

“I think you want that tempo in training so that you can push yourself and everybody who has come in so far this season has contributed, myself included.

“There’s a feeling that this season there’s potentially going to be a bit more consistency in performances. The manager has got his own style and he won’t let in any laziness or slackness. We’ve won three games and after two of them he’s come in and he’s not been happy!”

Cuthbert said he imposed a fitness regime upon himself over the summer break and is enjoying the season so far.

“I was in the gym constantly during the summer because I was well aware that this is a big season and I wanted to make sure that no matter what happened I gave a good account of myself.

“I don’t think I did that last season, but that’s in the past. You could analyse it left, right and centre, but this is a fresh start. I’ve enjoyed the first few games including pre-season and hopefully we can keep it going.”

Cuthbert is aware that his team mate McGurn is a big fan’s favourite but says that’s natural and has praised the supporters in playing their part in the team’s good start to the season.

“I think if you go anywhere where there’s been a goalie who has done well for four or five years it’s difficult.

“I’ve come to Raith Rovers and it didn’t start out as I wanted. The fans haven’t really seen me play regularly or with consistency so it’s difficult.

“But one thing I like about our supporters is that they’re very vocal. This season you’re really seeing the supporters backing the team.

“We need to make Stark’s Park a difficult place to come and the supporters are important in that.”