McGlynn targets Falkirk scalp to kick-start season

John McGlynn and alan moore  greenock morton vs raith rovers at cappielow park
John McGlynn and alan moore greenock morton vs raith rovers at cappielow park
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RAITH Rovers manager John McGlynn has pinpointed Saturday’s match against Falkirk as a potential turning point in the club’s season.

On the back of an encouraging performance in the draw at Cappielow last week, McGlynn believes a win against the high-flying Bairns could kick-start Rovers’ stuttering campaign.

He told SportsPress: “The lads are very spirited, they are not down in any way at all, and they are up for the fight.

“Falkirk are having a great season and have their own motivation to hang in there at the top of the table, but we also feel this would be a great scalp for us at this time of the season, and a real boost to our confidence to go and kick on from here.

“We need a result to get this momentum going that we’ve never really had all season.

“We’ve had wee bits here and there, then it goes pear-shaped and we have to pick up the pieces again.

“It’s about time we won a game like this against a team at the top of table, build on it, and start to climb this table. It’s certainly not beyond us.”

McGlynn has taken encouragement from the number of chances his team created using a new attacking formation in back-to-back games against Morton.

He said: “We’ve always been a hard-working and well-organised team with a good shape, but somewhere along the line you have to adapt to the players you’ve got and I’m doing what I feel I need to do to win football matches.

“We’ve went a wee bit narrower, and more direct, and in the last two games we’ve created enough chances to have won both games.

“We haven’t, so time will tell, over the next few games, if it’s working. Playing John Baird a little deeper has certainly done him no harm whatsoever and he’s became key to this formation we’re playing now.

“You can see the hunger, spirit and desire is there. The quality is there as well – it’s just that wee break has been eluding us.

“If we keep doing what we’re doing I’m very confident that wins are not far away.”

McGlynn also highlighted the lift the team has received from new strike pairing Pat Clarke and Damian Casalinuovo.

“We’ve got two players up front with a point to prove, and a hunger to impress and earn contracts, either here or elsewhere,” he said.

“All our players are in a similar position. There’s a lot to play for individually and as a team.”

Rovers hope Willie Dyer recovers from illness in time to face Falkirk as the left back has not trained this week.

Long-term injury casualties Brian Graham, Dougie Hill and Scott McBride are all ruled out.