JOHN Baird limped out of Dens Park with a dead leg on Saturday, but he insisted that Raith Rovers are still in good shape despite their latest set-back.
The striker is adamant that things are not as bad as they seem despite the 1-0 defeat in Dundee dropping the Kirkcaldy side to eighth place in Division One – with only goal difference keeping them ahead of Ayr United in the relegation play-off zone.
It comes on the back of dismal run that has seen Rovers win just one of their last 11 games, but Baird feels that recent performances deserved better.
“I don’t see any reason to panic,” Baird told SportsPress. “It could be a lot worse.
“We played well against both Falkirk and Dundee, and I felt we deserved something from both games.
“I’m frustrated that we’re not winning, but you’ve got to look at the effort everyone is putting in.
“We’re not in a rut, we just need to keep doing what we’re doing and results will come.”
Raith have now failed to score in their last three matches, but Baird retains belief in his strike partnership with Brian Graham.
“If anybody is trying to say me and Brian aren’t doing our bit I’d like to show them the DVDs and prove them otherwise,” he said.
“It’s a team game and you’ve got to stick together, but I can’t remember me or Brian getting in the box and having a strike at goal. If I was missing sitters I’d be worried.”
Baird was stunned to hear sections of the support turn against John McGlynn after the full-time whistle on Saturday, while some fans have also used internet forums to question the manager’s position.
“It’s comical,” he said. “The gaffer has 14 senior players to work with, which says it all. Fans are entitled to their opinion but who are they going to get that is any better?
“The gaffer won manager of the year last year, but he can only work with the tools he’s got. We all knew what we were up against when we lost all those players during the summer.
“You lose guys like Stephen Simmons and Mark Campbell and it affects you off the park, as well as on the park.
“Those guys are big characters, and they make demands of people in training. They were the spine of our team.
“I’m not saying the players that have come in haven’t done well, but we’re down on bodies. There’s not much competition so boys have got to take responsibility.
“We’re playing well enough. If we keep doing what we’re doing we’ll be fine, but we can’t keep on saying that.”
Rovers now face a huge match at home to Ayr on Saturday and Baird believes only three points will do.
“We’ve got to look to win that game,” he said. “There’s no-one to fear in this league but we’re at the bottom end of the table now and it’s about getting the sleeves rolled up, showing character and taking responsibility.”