Praise for Laidlaw after penalty save

KIRKCALDY ;'Raith Rovers v Greenock Morton ;'Ross Laidlaw saves Matin Hardie penalty'Photographer ; Walter Neilson
KIRKCALDY ;'Raith Rovers v Greenock Morton ;'Ross Laidlaw saves Matin Hardie penalty'Photographer ; Walter Neilson

RAITH Rovers manager Grant Murray praised goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw after the youngster made a crucial penalty save in Saturday’s 3-3 draw against Morton.

Laidlaw has been deputising for the injured David McGurn in recent weeks, but the 20-year-old kept his place in the team with fit-again McGurn named on the bench.

And Murray’s faith in Laidlaw was rewarded when he saved Martin Hardie’s 43rd minute penalty to keep the score level at 1-1 at half-time.

Murray said: “At the time it looked a soft penalty but the goalkeeper is there to make saves like that, and it’s great credit to Ross that he saved it.

“It’s the first game Davie has been available for us for some time so it would have ben difficult to put him straight back in when Ross has looked very comfortable in goals.

“It’s a great selection problem to have two goalkeepers who are well capable of playing.”

Laidlaw was pleased with his penalty save - his first in senior football - but disappointed to lose three goals, blaming himself for one.

“I was delighted to save the penalty but I should have done better with their second,” he said.

“We’ve also lost two goals from set pieces, which is obviously disappointing.

“It’s two points dropped in the sense we were 3-2 up but Morton were the better team so a draw is still a decent result.”

Rovers twice fell behind in Saturday’s topsy-turvy encounter but a double from Brian Graham, who took his tally for the season to 17, and an 85th minute strike from Greig Spence put Rovers 3-2 up.

With just five minutes left it seemed the points would stay in Kirkcaldy until Martin Hardie rescued a draw for Morton with an 88th minute header.

Raith boss Murray was happy to accept the point after admitting the visitors had played well.

“We knew it was going to be a difficult game,” he said.

“You want to accept the point when you’re losing, but when you go ahead so late in the game you become greedy and want all three.

“However, it might prove to be a good point against a good Morton team.”