Murray backs strikers to end goal drought

Raith manager Grant Murray. Pic: Michael Gillen
Raith manager Grant Murray. Pic: Michael Gillen

Raith Rovers manager Grant Murray has backed his strikers to end the team’s current goal drought.

The Kirkcaldy side’s poor run of form has been compounded by the failure to hit the net in any of their last four matches.

Murray has been looking to add a fresh face to the squad and has former Blackpool forward Craig Sutherland training with the club.

However, he insists he has not lost faith in his current crop of front men.

“At this moment in time I’ve got to put faith in the guys I’ve got,” he said.

“At the end of the day they are desperate to score goals, and they’ve all done it before – that’s why we brought these players in.

“We were scoring freely earlier in the season but in recent weeks we’ve found it hard to find the net.

“It would be harder to take if we weren’t creating any chances whatsoever.

“I’m confident enough in the group of players we’ve got that we’ll score goals.”

On the likelihood of adding to the squad during January, Murray added: “I’ve always stated that if the right player was to become available and it was in my hands to go and do something then yes, we would.

“But for clubs like ourselves, we could bring in loan players at any time in the season - up to a certain point.”

Rovers take on managerless Alloa this Saturday - another side struggling for form - who saw boss Paul Hartley resign after a 5-1 home defeat to Dumbarton last week.

“Some people will say it is a good time to play them, some people say it is a bad time,” Murray said.

“For us it is a great time because we want to get back to winning ways. I want a reaction from Saturday.”

Murray refuted suggestions that the squad is suffering from a loss of confidence.

“There’s no confidence slipping whatsoever,” he stressed. “We’ve got a good squad, a good bunch of guys and a good dressing room – you can see the unity we’ve had in games.”

Rovers will be without Kevin Moon, who has picked up a one-game ban for an accumulation of bookings, while Paul Watson and David McGurn remain sidelined through injury.