Raith boss frustrated by match officials

1312044 SSFF dundee raith 'John Baird can't believe it as Referee William Collum chalks off Jonathon Stewart's goal - Raith Rovers against Dundee FC at Dens Park, Dundee
1312044 SSFF dundee raith 'John Baird can't believe it as Referee William Collum chalks off Jonathon Stewart's goal - Raith Rovers against Dundee FC at Dens Park, Dundee

RAITH Rovers manager John McGlynn has admitted his frustration at the decisions that have gone against his relegation-threatened side recently.

McGlynn felt his team was denied a stonewall penalty kick in the 2-2 draw against Ayr a fortnight ago, and video evidence has also shown that Rovers had a goal wrongly ruled out for offside near the end of Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Dundee.

The Rovers boss rarely voices his opinion on match officials, and he chose his words carefully as he picked through the bones of the past two games.

“I’m not been one for criticising referees, and I don’t want to start,” he told SportsPress.

“But I do get frustrated when the same situation crops up in different games and the verdict of the referee is completely different – even although it’s the same referee.

“Against Ayr we saw what everyone Rovers-minded thought was a penalty for handball.

“On Saturday, the same referee gives a penalty for handball against a Motherwell player lying on the ground. These are difficult things to take.

“There’s a number of things you think are going against you, but I don’t want to go down that road. It’s not the way I go about things.

“When you constantly have a go at referees it becomes an excuse and you hide behind the responsibilities of doing your job and making your players do better.

“We appreciate they’ve got a difficult job and we’ve got the advantage of looking at video anaylsis and slowing things down, but it would seem we were denied a perfectly good goal at Dens and another two points would have had us sitting above Ayr United in a much better position.

“That doesn’t take away from our performance on the day, which was very good.”

Rovers hope their luck will turn in Dingwall this Saturday where thy face champions-elect Ross County. Dundee’s 4-1 midweek win over Ayr has prevented the possible scenario of a title party at Victoria Park.

And while the result also boosted Rovers survival hopes, McGlynn’s focus is on his own team.

“We’ve got to look after ourselves – simple as that,” he said, “A result has gone our way but it makes no difference because we can only do it ourselves.

“We’ve not had many favours, and I’m not looking for favours.

“As it stands we’re two points behind Ayr with a superior goal difference - and we’re up for the challenge.

“Like Celtic, it’s fairly obvious that Ross County are going to win the league because they are so far clear.

“They have not lost in 27 league games, and in a 36-game calender that tells you the task we face.

“However, we played very well on Saturday at Dens Park, and we’re in a good vein of form, so we go with confidence.

“We’re up for the fight and we will go up there looking to win the points.”

Rovers will be without their two top scorers, John Baird and Brian Graham, who are both suspended but McGlynn is confident he has the resources to cope.

“We’ve got good back-up in this situation,” he said.

“Especially with Damian Casalinuovo looking more confident now that he’s scoring goals and picking up match sharpness.

“We’ve also got Pat Clarke who’s come on in games and been lively, and Jamie Walker has also made an impact in bits and pieces.

“We go into the game feeling as though we have enough firepower in the last third to cause County problems.”