GREIG Spence was delighted to hit his pre-Christmas goals target – now he wants the defence to stop conceding them.
The Raith Rovers striker made it 10 for the season with the opening goal at Firhill on Saturday, but left disappointed as Thistle scraped a 3-2 win.
Rovers have scored five goals in their last two league games but taken just one point, and Spence admitted that has been frustrating for the forwards.
The 20-year-old told the Press: “We’ve worked our socks off for 90 minutes and when we get the late equaliser we think we’ve got a point out of it – which I think we would have deserved.
“To lose another late goal is a bit frustrating.
“When we go forward it’s like we can score goals at any opportunity but at the other end we’re letting them in a bit too cheap.
“If you’re wanting to do anything in league have to defend as well as attack. Right now I don’t think we’re defending really well.
“But it’s something we need to work on as a team.”
After struggling to make an impact on loan at Hamilton last season, former Celtic kid Spence has made an impressive start to his Raith career.
Both he and Pat Clarke are currently fighting to play alongside the first division’s top scorer, Brian Graham.
“I aimed for double figures before Christmas so I’m happy to get there,” he said.
“As long as I’m playing and getting chances I’m confident of taking them.
“It’s great playing up with big Brian. He’s got a lot of experience behind him.
“Obviously he’s on fire right now, and we’ve got a good wee partnership going.
“He’s more physical so he’ll win his flick-ons and I just try to play off his scraps.
“I had a run of games where I was playing every week and scoring, but found myself out the team for a few weeks.
“I guess that happens when you’ve got three strikers and such a small squad.
“If I can score goals and play well, hopefully I can keep myself in the team.”
Rovers have picked up only two points from the last 12 available but Spence insists team morale remains high ahead of this Saturday’s trip to Dumbarton.
“We’re keeping our heads up,” he said. “We felt we played well in the second half against Thistle, and we did well to get into a winning position against Morton the week before.
“We’ve been holding our own against teams with bigger squads, it’s just frustrating that the results haven’t been coming. We just have to keep going.
“We’ll put the Partick defeat behind us, get a good week’s training in and hopefully fire on all cylinders at Dumbarton.”