RAITH Rovers players were dragged into Stark’s Park on their day off this week after a performance that left manager John McGlynn “disgusted”.
McGlynn ripped into his team following the 2-0 defeat to Airdrie in Tuesday night’s Scottish Communities League Cup second round tie at the Shyberry Excelsior.
And he told his men to scrap their plans for yesterday’s (Wednesday) day off and instead report to the stadium to go over the horror performance on video analysis.
“The first half was totally disgraceful, a total lack of attitude,” McGlynn fumed. “I was disgusted by the performance.
“The second half was slightly better because at least we fought a bit, which is the least you would expect, either as a manager or someone paying to watch.
“What we put on in the first half was absolutely disgraceful. We’re absolutely livid and raging.
“We were beaten by a team that basically showed a bit of fight and spirit – and we were lacking in that.
“We all let ourselves down badly, and because of that, we’ve missed an opportunity to draw a big game in the next round. Financially, that doesn’t help anyone.”
Under McGlynn, Raith have built a reputation as a strong hard-working side, but the manager admitted there was no evidence of that on Tuesday night.
“It’s very hard to take,” he said. “We’ve tried to change the way we play, but that shouldn’t mean we don’t still go out and compete.
“But we didn’t compete so we got what we deserved.
“Airdrie were trying to bounce back after a heavy defeat at the weekend, and we’ve been put into a false sense of security, and paid for it.
“We’ll see if we’ve got the character in the dressing room to bounce back.”
Rovers head to Ayr on league business on Saturday but McGlynn won’t tolerate another performance like Tuesday night.
“We’ll demand a lot more hunger and aggression than we showed on Tuesday night,” he said.
“You can’t give your opponents as much time and space on the ball as we did.”
Raith have two injury concerns ahead of the trip to Somerset Park with Iain Williamson (knee) and Reece Donaldson (foot) rated “touch and go”.