McKeown hails Raith character in ‘massive’ derby win

Rory McKeown, Raith Rovers
Rory McKeown, Raith Rovers

Raith Rovers left back Rory McKeown hailed the win over Cowdenbeath on Saturday as a “massive” three points.

It was Rovers first league win in seven games and the Northern Irishman - who scored for the Blue Brazil in the corresponding fixture last season - admitted that it was important to end the run on Saturday.

“We went 1-0 behind, which I thought we didn’t deserve in the first half, but we showed good character,” he said.

“We showed that we wanted to go out and play and it was very open in the second half.

“We were a bit lucky at times with O’Brien’s shot coming off the post, but I thought we held out well and it’s a massive three points.

“The results have gone for us as well, so it’s an even bigger three points.

“First and foremost we had to do our own job and I thought we did that.

“I thought the fans got well behind us in the second half - there was even some singing which was nice.

“We maybe could’ve scored a few more because it was very open in the second half but we’re happy with 2-1.”

Rovers were booed off the park at half-time but they got the fans back onside with a spirited second half display.

“We’d like to do that every week, but Cowdenbeath gave us a difficult game,” McKeown explained.

“It’s a derby and all form goes out the window.

“The fans got against us a wee bit at half-time, which is understandable because we didn’t do well enough.

“But we knew that we were still in the game.

“We came in and the gaffer just said to go out and score the next goal, which we did.

“It’s a massive three points and hopefully we can go and build on that next week.”

Raith face Queen of the South in Dumfries on Saturday and McKeown admitted that the 4-3 home defeat in October is still in the player’s minds.

“The Queens game here was disappointing when they beat us in the last minute,” he said.

“That’s still in the back of our minds a little bit, but we’re just focusing on the next game.

“We’ll work on a bit of shape this week and hopefully go down there and get the three points.”