Spirits still high after Falkirk draw

Greig Spence puts the ball in the net but it's ruled offside - Raith Rovers v Falkirk. Pic: Neil Doig
Greig Spence puts the ball in the net but it's ruled offside - Raith Rovers v Falkirk. Pic: Neil Doig

Raith Rovers players have picked themselves up after Saturday’s disappointment against Falkirk, according to manager Grant Murray.

Rovers conceded an injury-time equaliser to miss out on a chance to close to within two points of league leaders Hamilton, who lost for the first time this season at Alloa.

However, Murray insists that spirits remained high at Stark’s Park this week ahead of Saturday’s trip to Dumbarton.

“It feels like a defeat when you lose a goal so late when you’ve led for so long, but you’ve got to take it on the chin and bounce back,” he said.

“Come Monday morning, the boys were fine. They realised it was a new week, and all they can do is look forward to the next game.

“You can work on stuff but you can’t change a result - you’ve just got to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Murray is taking confidence from the team’s start to the season with only one defeat in 90 minutes thus far in all competitions.

“I think the players have got to take a lot of pride from that,” he said. “It’s the players out there doing that for the team and the club, so they’ve got to use that to their advantage.

“It’s a big thing and we want to continue that. We want to go into games with a belief and a confidence that we are capable of winning and keeping the back door shut.”

Murray is expecting a tough test against a Dumbarton side that has claimed wins over Alloa, Morton and Queen of the South this season.

With Laurie Ellis unlikely to feature due to a calf strain Rovers could again have inexperienced defender David Bates on the bench.

“David came on board in the summer there through the youth system, and if we have to put him on we’ll put him on,” Murray said.

“I’ve no qualms about putting these young guys on – I wouldn’t strip them otherwise.

“Lewis Vaughan is the biggest example for all of them that if they do well then they will get their opportunity.”