Raith must do better, Fox says

Liam Fox, Raith Rovers
Liam Fox, Raith Rovers

Raith Rovers may still be holding onto a top four place in the Championship, but the form guide suggests they will need to improve to stay there.

Rovers have collected 10 points from the last 24 available and only Dumbarton, Cowdenbeath and Morton have a worse record over the last eight games.

Saturday’s defeat to Livingston was the first time Rovers have lost a league game by three clear goals under the management of Grant Murray.

And midfielder Liam Fox offered up no excuses for the nightmare performance against his former club.

“It wasn’t great,” he said. “We need to be better individually and collectively as a team.

“There’s no hiding place or looking for excuses - it just wasn’t good enough. You never like losing goals at all, and for us it’s been individual errors.

“It wasn’t the return to Livingston I’d hoped for but I just treated it like any other game.

“There’s no point looking back on it because we’ve got a big game on Thursday and we need to pick ourselves up for it.”

Rovers were missing five first team regulars on Saturday and Fox acknowledged that the squad was stretched.

“We’ve got a small squad as it is so when you’re miss one or two it’s bound to have a wee bit of an effect,” he said.

“That should give others an opportunity but we didn’t perform as individuals or as a team. We cannot really have too many complaints. We just need to dust ourselves down and get going again.”

Team spirit has been highlighted as a key factor in taking Rovers into the top four, and Fox insists that must be retained through the current slump.

“Everybody just needs to stick together,” he said. “Teams don’t go through a whole season playing well and winning every week.

“We’re under no illusions over what is needed to get us back on track. There’s a long way to go and we’re taking each day as it comes.”

League leaders Dundee arrive at Stark’s Park today (Thursday) with a seven-point lead over Rovers - a defeat could spell the end for any title aspirations Rovers may have.

“The Dundee game was always going to be a big one no matter whether we won or lost at Livingston,” Fox said.

“We got beat, so it’s now up to us to get ourselves back out there and get back to winning ways.”