Get the balance right ...

Dougie Hill in action against Dunfermline
Dougie Hill in action against Dunfermline

RAITH Rovers defender Dougie Hill admitted that the team is still trying to strike a balance between attack and defence after defeat in the New Year derby against Dunfermline.

After a run of games where Rovers were losing as many goals as they were scoring, manager Grant Murray switched to a 4-5-1 formation for the East End Park clash in a bid to frustrate the home side and catch them on the break.

A more solid defensive display was of little comfort come full-time as the team’s failure to score resulted in a 1-0 defeat.

Hill told the Press: “That’s the best we’ve defended as a team for a long time, but we never offered much going forward.

“We did have chances, but we didn’t take them and they took one of theirs. That’s the thin line in these games.

“They had the better share of possession, and we were defending for most of the game, but we looked dangerous on the break.

“It’s the best we’ve defended in a month, but we haven’t scored.

“People sometimes don’t understand that the consequence of being more attacking means you’ll be more open defensively.

Higher level

“That’s why we’re First Division players. If we could do everything we’d be playing at a higher level.

“When we do score goals, we look like conceding goals, and when we defend well, we don’t look like scoring.

“It’s all about finding that balance and hopefully we can get it right in coming weeks.”

Hill had a new centre-half partner on Wednesday with Simon Mensing taking the place of Laurie Ellis in the back four.

“Simon made a bit of a difference in there,” Hill said.

“Myself and Laurie are a bit similar, maybe we’ve been missing a big powerful guy in beside us.

“It’s horrible to lose another derby, but it’s always a hard place to come.”

After a run of six league games without a win, Hill is now targeting a win over Airdrie on Saturday.

“It’s about time we started beating the teams below us, and keeping them below us,” he said.

“We’ve dropped points to the likes of Airdrie, Cowdenbeath and Dumbarton, and no disrespect to them, they are teams we should be looking to beat.

“They are just promoted whereas we are an established first division team now so we should be good enough to beat them.”