Skipper delighted as Raith refuse to crumble

Jason Thomson challenges Martin Boyle at Easter Road on Saturday. Pic: Toby Williams
Jason Thomson challenges Martin Boyle at Easter Road on Saturday. Pic: Toby Williams

Club captain Jason Thomson admitted that the Raith Rovers side of a few months ago may have suffered a heavy defeat at Easter Road on Saturday.

But the skipper was delighted with the way the team soaked up a huge amount of Hibs pressure before hitting them with a 90th minute sucker punch to claim a draw.

“They dominated 90 per cent of the match,” Thomson told the Press.

“I don’t think we played great - it was maybe a bit of smash and grab - but we’ll take it. They’ve been one of the most in-form teams in the league along with Hearts.

“They play with a great freedom in the middle of the park, with players all moving about, and it makes it hard for our midfield.

“It was hard to get a grip of the game and it felt like we just defended for most of it.

“But we pressed them and showed good spirit when we lost the goal just after half-time.

“Maybe two or three months ago we might have crumbled and lost three or four, but we stuck together and got the goal at the end.”

Despite admitting that the scoreline was an injustice on Hibs, Thomson believes that Rovers can take belief from their battling performance against one of Scotland’s in-form sides.

“Hibs could’ve finished us off on a couple of occasions, but they didn’t - and we can take confidence from that,” he said.

“That’s five unbeaten now and we’re not conceding as much as we were, so we’re looking up the way.

“I’m the first to admit it was a definite robbery and a bit of an injustice - but that’s football.

“It’s up to Hibs to kill us off but they didn’t and we showed great spirit to get the draw.”

Rovers last minute equaliser means they can go into this Sunday’s Scottish Cup tie against Rangers at Ibrox in positive mood.

“There won’t be much pressure on ourselves - all the pressure will be on Rangers to stay in the cup after losing to Celtic,” he said. “But we had a heavy defeat the last time we went to Ibrox, which is something we definitely want to eradicate.

“We’ll be confident we can do that after keeping a few clean sheets lately.

“Strikers get their confidence from scoring goals, but as a defence and goalkeeper, if you’re not losing goals then that builds your confidence.”