Raith move indoors to prepare for Jags

KIRKCALDY ;'Raith Rovers v Greenock Morton ;'Greig Spence scores raiths 3rd goal'Photographer ; Walter Neilson
KIRKCALDY ;'Raith Rovers v Greenock Morton ;'Greig Spence scores raiths 3rd goal'Photographer ; Walter Neilson

RAITH Rovers travel to Firhill this Saturday looking to narrow the gap to the league leaders.

Victory over Partick Thistle would see the Kirkcaldy men close to within five points of the table-topping Jags.

With eight home wins out of eight in the league this season, Partick promise to be formidabble opponents.

However, with just one defeat in their last 11 games in league and cup, Rovers are approaching the game with confidence.

Murray told the Press: “First and foremost we’ll need to concentrate for 90 minutes against a very good Partick side.

“They missed out on playing last week so will be out to put in a good performance in front of their home fans.

“At home they’ve been hard to beat, but we go there confidence and look upon it as a chance to close the gap.

“If we can take the three points it puts us right up there at the top end of the table, and that’s where every team wants to be.

“Like every other Saturday, the guy will be up for it.”

If Rovers are to take anything from Firhill they will have to defend corner kicks better than they did against Morton last Saturday.

Murray said: “Losing two goals from set pieces is disappointing, and the lads know that.

“It just comes down to an individual thing, and we’ll be looking for an improvement on Saturday.

“World Cups can be won and lost on set peices - it’s such an important part of the game.”

Rovers have been hindered in their preparations for the match after being forced to train indoors due to freezing conditions.

Murray explained: “The weather has caused us a wee bit of a problem, but we’ve managed to get indoor bookings in Edinburgh, which is great because it means we still get to train with the ball.

“Sometimes when you have to cancel training you end up down the beach doing a bit of jogging, but we’re training with the ball and preparing as best we can for Saturday.”

Murray also praised groundsman Craig Surgeon for keeping Stark’s Park playable amid the current cold snap.

“I’m really pleased that we haven’t had any games cancelled, and credit for that goes to the groundsman for getting the covers down early,” he said.

Murray confirmed that he will still be without injured Simon Mensing for Saturday’s match.

“Simon’s injury is coming along great but Saturday will be too soon for him,” Murray added.