Cuthbert: Stark’s Park is becoming a fortress again

Raith Rovers goalkeeper Kevin Cuthbert. Credit -  Fife Photo Agency -
Raith Rovers goalkeeper Kevin Cuthbert. Credit - Fife Photo Agency -

Raith Rovers goalkeeper Kevin Cuthbert reckons Stark’s Park is fast becoming a fortress again.

Rovers maintained their 100 per cent home record so far this season with a 1-0 victory over Queen of the South on Saturday.

With five wins from five, and just one goal conceded to Hamilton in the cup, Raith have made a good start at home.

After leaking 40 league goals at Stark’s Park last season, Cuthbert believes teams should now fear coming to Kirkcaldy.

“I can remember over the years that this was always a difficult place to come,” the stopper told the Press.

“You always felt that shooting down into the home fans was always a difficult half.

“It seems we’re making the place a bit more like a fortress again this season.

“I don’t think it was our best performance by an stretch against Queens. In the first half we were marginally the better side, but in the second half they were on top.

“It’s a sign of a good team when you don’t play particularly well and you come out with three points. The result is the most important thing so we’re delighted.”

Cuthbert, who made a crucial save midway throgh the second half to keep the score at 0-0, was pleased to bounce back from losing five at Ibrox the previous week with another home clean sheet.

“Ibrox is going to be a long 90 minutes for everybody - I was so impressed by them,” he said.

“We just needed to dust ourselves down after that and forget about it.

“As the gaffer said, we’ll be judged on how we do against teams like Queen of the South and we got the three points.

“It sets down a good marker, but I think it was an even game. We take three points knowing that we can improve and do better.

“As a team we’ll work on that and try to be better against St Mirren on Friday.”

Raith travel to Paisley tomorrow (Friday) looking to pick up their first away points of the season.

“St Mirren will be a tough game,” Cuthbert added.

“They were an SPL club last year and have still got SPL-standard players but we’ve got assets as well that we can bring to the table. If we can continue to be as solid as we’ve been then we’ll be difficult to beat, and we’ll probably win more than we lose.”