Rovers lodge appeal against Hill sending off

Dougie Hill pleads his innocence
Dougie Hill pleads his innocence

Raith Rovers have lodged an appeal against the red card shown to defender Dougie Hill in Tuesday’s League Cup defeat to Hearts.

The Stark’s Park club believe Hill was unfairly dismissed by referee Brian Colvin and have asked the Scottish Football Association’s judicial panel to re-examine the incident.

Hill was ordered off for violent conduct after squaring up to Hearts midfielder Jamie Hamill, who collapsed to the turf holding his face.

However, Raith manager Grant Murray insists video evidence will clear his player of wrong-doing.

“It’s not a sending off,” Murray said. “I’ve seen the video evidence. Nothing.

“They’ve just walked to each other then the Hearts player went down. It’s very disappointing.

“It changes the game, but we have to take it on the chin and move on.

“We just take the positives out of the game and there were lots of them.

“I thought the commitment our players showed was fantastic and I was very proud of them.”

Rovers will now have to pick themselves up from the cup heartache for an important league clash away to Morton on Saturday.

“Tuesday night will have taken a lot out of the guys, and heads were down in the changing room, but we’ve got to pick the heads up,” Murray said.

“It will be a very hard game at Morton but if we go there and show that level of commitment we’re capable of getting a positive result.”

The appeal against Hill’s red card means the defender is now free to play until the appeal is considered by the SFA.

However, Rovers look likely to be without Greig Spence once again for the trip to Morton on Saturday as the striker recovers from a thigh strain.

Murray added: “We’ll weigh Spencey up, but he would need to train before Saturday to be considered.

“It’s important that he’s ready rather than trying to rush him back.”