Raith boss - We need fans to roar us to victory

Paul Watson celebrates scoring Raith's first goal against Dumbarton. Pic: FPA
Paul Watson celebrates scoring Raith's first goal against Dumbarton. Pic: FPA
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Grant Murray said he was unaware of any online fan revolt following Raith’s Petrofac Training Cup crash to Dunfermline.

A small section of supporters had taken to the internet after the Rovers fell 1-0 at East End Park, while others made their feelings clear at the full-time whistle.

However, the Raith boss said he felt no pressure from the stands during Saturday’s league opener against Dumbarton which Raith won 3-1 thanks to a stunning second half showing.

In fact he hailed the support for the way they got behind the team at the weekend, and said encouragement from the home stands would be crucial as Raith plough through a testing 2014-15 campaign.

Murray said: “I don’t read fans’ forums so I’m not interested in that side of things.

“At the end of the day I’m here to do what’s right for the club and the players.

“A performance like we gave against Dumbarton gives the players a bit of confidence and a lift.

“But it’s one league game - there are another 35 to go.

“We know how difficult things are going to be, but I’ve said to the players ‘what a year to be in the Championship’.

“The fans were brilliant against Dumbarton and got behind the players because they can see the effort we were putting in.

“The effort was the same as we put in a few days before, but Dunfermline were better than us on the night.”

Raith got their campaign off to the best possible start with the convincing 3-1 win.

Despite waiting until the second 45 to turn on the style, Murray said he was equally as content with what he saw from his side in the opening half.

He said: “I was pleased with the whole 90 minutes.

“I thought we were very organised and disciplined in the first half.

“At the end of the half there wasn’t much in it, Dumbarton maybe had more of the ball but we were organised. In the second half we stepped it up and scored three great goals.

“I said to the players that, in the first league game, everybody wants to get off to a good start.

“Not everyone can, but we certainly did by scoring three great goals.”

This weekend Raith make the journey to Alloa, a side who are amongst the relegation favourites.

However, Murray says that the tricky proposition posed by Dumbarton at the weekend was an indicator of how tight every game would be this season.

The manager was reluctant to single out players for praise in the early part of the season, but admitted he was delighted for Christian Nade.

“His work rate was brilliant,” said the boss. “He was unlucky with a couple of efforts but was cool in finishing.”

Raith travel to Recreation Park with virtually a full squad to pick from, with former Wasp Callum Elliot the only main doubt.

Elliot was taken off early in the first half at the weekend.

Murray said: “I don’t think there was any contact he just fell and his foot jammed.

“He tried to play on but there came to a point when he had to come off.

“Mark Stewart was disapointed to be left out but he was another who showed a great work rate.

“I’ll be looking for that level of commitment, performance and consistency over the course of the season.”

Open day invite to all supporters

Raith Rovers have confirmed an open day at Stark’s Park.

The free event is on Sunday from 11.00 a.m. until 2.00 p.m. and the timetable will include a public training session held by the first team from 11.15-noon.

There will be photographs and autograph opportunities with players and management, interviews, a penalty skills test, a chance to ride the ‘Smoothie Bike’ and a mini golf competition.

There will also be a chance to look behind the scenes, and community groups will have displays.

The large gates at the north and south ends of the stadium will be open for access.

Parking will only be available behind the McDermid North Stand which will be locked at 2.15 p.m. sharp.