Raith Rovers midfielder Liam Fox insists the season isn’t over despite three defeats in a week effectively ending the club’s cup and play-off hopes.
Rovers followed their Scottish Cup quarter-final exit in Inverness last midweek with back-to-back league defeats against Queen of the South and Hearts.
A lot of boys are also out of contract so obviously they want to impress the manager to get a new deal
It means that, barring a spectacularly good, or bad, end to the season, Raith are now unlikely be involved in the promotion or relegation battles, but Fox insists there is still plenty to play for.
“If you’re honest, the play-offs are maybe too far away now,” said the 31-year-old. “It’s just about winning football matches and seeing where it takes you.
“You want to finish as high as you can, and ulimately as a football player you want to win matches.
“We’ve got nine games left and it’s just trying to pick up as many points as we can, and you never know - football is a funny game.
“A lot of boys are also out of contract so obviously they want to impress the manager to get a new deal.
“It’s up to us to perform and make the managers’ decision a wee bit easier.”
Fox has returned to the Raith side in recent weeks following a spell on the sidelines with cracked ribs.
“It was an awkward injury because you can’t really do much training,” he said.
“The guys then went on a great run and I found myself out the team - that’s football.
“I’ve managed to get back in and I’m happy with my level of performance, but you always want to be playing in teams that win football matches, so that’s the plan.”
Queen of the South are now 11 points ahead of Raith with nine games left, but Fox insists the damage was done before Saturday’s defeat in Dumfries.
“Our bad run earlier in the reason why we won’t make the play-offs,” he said.
“We don’t want season to peter out with another run like that.
“That’s up to the players and manager - but more so the players.
“We need to get back to having good performances, and nine out of 10 if we have a good performance, the result comes.
“We’ll just concentrate on ourselves against Alloa on Saturday night and hope to bounce back from a couple defeats.”
Fox was speaking after Tuesday night’s home match against Hearts, where Christian Nade saw red in a 3-1 defeat.
“I could tell by his reaction that Christian thought it was going to be a yellow,” he said.
“For both sides, the referee made some decisions that were strange.
“But that’s probably making excuses because Hearts are a very good side and they showed their quality in the end.
“We need to try and regroup, recover and get ready to go for a big game on Saturday.”