Ref got handball decision wrong!

Liam Fox battles for the ball against Morton
Liam Fox battles for the ball against Morton

Raith star Fox dismayed by penalty award

Raith midfielder Liam Fox was relieved to take a point from Cappielow on Saturday after conceding a first half penalty.

However, the 29-year-old was adamant that referee Barry Cook was wrong to penalise him when the ball struck his upper arm in the box.

“It wasn’t deliberate handball,” he told the Press. “I just turned around and the ball cannoned off my shoulder.

“From where the referee was I don’t know how he saw it - he basically admitted to me that he didn’t - and I don’t think any of his assistants did either.

“There was a handball just before it in their box that he missed but I don’t want to sound like sour grapes.

“We came away with a point so we look at the positives.”

Fox highlighted Rovers’ character and fitness levels as key components in Saturday’s comeback.

“We probably didn’t start the game as well as we would have liked - and we’re disappointed about that,” Fox said.

“Tuesday’s exploits against Hearts didn’t help that - but that’s maybe an excuse.

“To come back into game showed great character. It was a great ball from wee Lewis and a great header from Grant.

“This is difficult place to come. Teams will come here and drop points so a point isn’t the worst result.

“What I will say is the boys are very fit. We worked very hard in pre-season and it’s showing in games.

“We showed good desire, character and fitness levels to get something out of the game.

“We’ve got six or seven new guys, myself included, so to come back from a goal down at a place like this shows we’ve got a good dressing room.

“We’ve got boys who have been about and who know the division and know what it takes. I hope that bodes well for the rest of season.”

Next up for Raith is a Ramsdens Cup quarter-final at home to Falkirk this Saturday and Fox is targeting a place in the semis.

“We’re up against a Falkirk side that are in good form, so it will be another difficult encounter,” he said.

“We definitely won’t be standing off them, we’ll be taking the game to them.

“I’ve played in the semi-final of this competition before and Joe Cardle has won it. These are the games you want to play in.”