Goal ace Graham frustrated by league position

0913043 SSFF cowden raith 'Brian Graham celebrates his goal - Raith Rovers against Cowdenbeath FC at Central Park, Cowdenbeath
0913043 SSFF cowden raith 'Brian Graham celebrates his goal - Raith Rovers against Cowdenbeath FC at Central Park, Cowdenbeath

BRIAN Graham is pushing to be the First Division’s top scorer this season.

But the 22-goal Raith striker is disappointed that the team has not been able to hit similar heights in the league.

Graham’s goals, 13 in the league and nine in cups, currently puts him in second place in the division’s scoring charts behind Falkirk’s Lyle Taylor, who has scored 25.

However, after a strong start to the season, Rovers have drifted down to sixth in the table, 23 points behind league leaders Morton and just six ahead of second bottom Dumbarton.

Graham told the Press: “I’m delighted with the goals I’ve scored but I just wish we were higher up the league and challenging.

“It’s frustrating to find ourselves down where we are because, with the players we’ve got, we should be challenging at the top.

“We’ve got a great dressing room and great boys, and the gaffer gets us all going, but for some reason it hasn’t always clicked on a Saturday.”

Raith ended a bad run of form with a good 3-2 win against on-form Dumbarton last week, then followed it up with a 1-1 draw at Cowdenbeath on Saturday.

“A draw away to Cowdenbeath isn’t the worst result, but the first half was anti-football,” said Rovers’ goal-scorer Graham.

“It wasn’t good to play in so it couldn’t have been pleasing on the eye.

“We came out for the second half, got an early goal, and for 20 minutes we had them on the back foot.

“But we didn’t capitalise on our pressure, and Cowdenbeath got their goal.”

Raith travelled to Dumbarton on Tuesday night hoping to make it three games unbeaten only to be left frustrated by the late call-off.

“It was deflating,” Graham said. “We had prepared properly, had a pre-match meal and everything, so it’s probably cost the club a fair bit.

“When you get yourself up for a game, then get told to go home so close to kick-off, everyone’s left raging, especially when it passed an inspection at four.

“We were out on the pitch and we were saying to ourselves that it was quite hard in places, the next thing we know the referee has come out, done an inspection, and called it off.

“You’ve got to consider the fans. It’s an hour before kick-off so some of them will be nearly there. It’s a bit of a farce.”

Rovers next match leaugue match sees them travel to Falkirk next Tuesday.

“We’ve beaten them twice already this season so we’ll be going there confident we can get another three points,” Graham added.

“The aim has got to be to finish as high up the league as possible.”


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