Raith vow to address defending

Raith Rovers boss Grant Murray has insisted the team’s defending will be addressed after watching his side ship eight goals in two games.

Rovers suffered a 4-0 home loss to Hearts on Saturday and then went down by the same scoreline away to Dundee in the League Cup on Tuesday.

Action from Raith's defeat to Hearts on Saturday. Pic: Fife Photo Agency

Action from Raith's defeat to Hearts on Saturday. Pic: Fife Photo Agency

It leaves Rovers with plenty work to do on the training ground ahead of this Saturday’s Fife derby against Cowdenbeath at Central Park.

“As a whole team you don’t want to be losing goals,” Murray said.“The standard we’ve played against - Hearts and Dundee - are very good sides.

“We knew it would be difficult, but losing four goals - that’s for us to address.

“The players have to stick together.”

Murray was particularly frustarted by the number of defensive errors his team made in both games.

“We made a mistake at every goal on Saturday and Hearts punished us at every opportunity,” he said.

“We didn’t get off to the best start of Tuesday - losing a goal so early from a set piece is criminal.

“But I thought we came into the game, we adapted to it, and had a lot of the ball.

“We just couldn’t turn that possession and chances we created into goals.

“Then we lose a second one - we probably should’ve cleared the ball, but what a strike it was.

“We go into half-time 2-0 down having played well in the game..

“But you can’t go to a place like Dundee and give them a two-goal start or you’re never going to recover.”

There are injury concerns over Christian Nade and Ross Perry, both of whom limped out of the defeat at Dens.

Dougie Hill is due to undergo surgery to clear a long-standing groin problem next Thursday, while Craig Barr remains sidelined.