It’s too early to worry about the table, says boss

Gordon Smith celebrates with scorer Joe Cardle after Raith's fourth goal against Alloa
Gordon Smith celebrates with scorer Joe Cardle after Raith's fourth goal against Alloa

Raith Rovers manager Grant Murray has told his players to forget about catching league leaders Hamilton.

Rovers are currently second in the Championship five points adrift of the early front-runners who are unbeaten after six games.

However, Murray insists it is too early to worry about fighting it out for top spot, and insists his only focus is on winning games.

“Trying to catch Hamilton is not on my mind at all,” he said. “They’ve had a great start and momentum is with them, but we’re concentrating on ourselves.

“There’s loads we want to improve on but we’re generally content with where we’re sitting just now.

“We’ve found it hard in some games - teams have had good spells againt us - but we’ve handled it well.”

Rovers have drawn praise for the style of football played so far this season, but Murray is also happy to win ugly.

“The style of football we’ve played is encouraging but you need to be able to adapt to both sides of it,” he said.

“You need to have a physical side and be able to defend and do the dirty stuff like winning tackles, headers, and closing teams down.

“That’s the fundamentals but the way we’ve passed the ball has been great - that’s the way the players want to play in training.

“Some of the moves that led to our goals on Saturday were fantastic, but we won’t get carried away.

“It’s still early in the season and we will hit a dip. We can’t kid ourselves - there will be games we’ll lose. It’s how you react to them.”

Rovers welcome Falkirk to Stark’s Park on Saturday on league business just three weeks after dumping the Bairns out of the Ramsdens Cup.

“The cup game was very close and they’ll think they didn’t take their chances on the day,” Murray said.

“They’ll be looking for a bit of revenge but getting a few wins behind us should give us confidence.”