I’ll take more TV thrills if we get the points, says Raith boss

Raith manager Grant Murray points the way during Saturday's win over Cowdenbeath. Pic: Fife Photo Agency
Raith manager Grant Murray points the way during Saturday's win over Cowdenbeath. Pic: Fife Photo Agency

Raith Rovers manager Grant Murray will accept another TV goalfest with Queen of the South - if he ends up on the winning side this time.

Rovers travel to Dumfries on Saturday for a league match that has been moved to a 5.30 p.m kick-off to accomodate a live BBC Alba broadcast.

The previous game between the two sides at Stark’s Park in October was also shown on the Gaelic station and ended in a 4-3 win for the Doonhamers.

While it was one of the games of the season for the neutrals, it was a sickener for Rovers, who conceded an injury-time goal to lose to 10 men.

While Murray would prefer a better defensive performance in front of the cameras at Palmerston Park, he would gladly settle for another seven-goal thriller if it meant the three points coming back to Kirkcaldy.

“Hopefully it won’t be similar to the last game, unless the result is reversed,” he said. “We’d settle for a 4-3 win right now.

“That was a disappointing night because of what we put into the second half.

“In the first half we found out how good Queen of the South were, but we had a lot of chances in the second half and after coming back from two goals down, coming away with nothing was a sore one.

“Hopefully the players remember that and use it on Saturday.”

Rovers go into the match on a high after coming from behind to beat derby rivals Cowdenbeath at Stark’s Park on Saturday.

A second consecutive victory would take Rovers to within a point of third-placed Queens, who held Hibs to a 0-0 draw at Easter Road at the weekend.

“Any win helps you going into the next game,” Murray said.

“Winning breeds confidence so hopefully we can take that into the Queens game.

“We’re coming into an important stage of the season so it would be great to put back-to-back wins together.”

Christian Nade is almost certain to return to the Rovers starting line-up after playing a starring role from the bench against Cowdenbeath.

“Christian gave a good account of himself on Saturday,” Murray said.

“He’s been out for a long time so it’s great to have him back.

“A player like Christian brings something to the team and he gave us something different on Saturday when we found ourselves behind.

“He’ll certainly come into contention for Saturday.”

The worst of Rovers recent injury crisis appears to be easing with only Craig Barr and Kevin Cuthbert still sidelined, but Murray is taking nothing for granted.

“We know how quickly things can turn around,” he said.

“You can lose two or three in a week - we’ve been there already and know how difficult it is.

“I’ll be delighted when we have everyone fit and champing at the bit to play.

“I’d rather have that selection headache than have it the other way.

“There will be competition for places so hopefully the players will bring out the best in each other.”