Still to see the best of us says Raith boss

Grant Anderson sets up an attack against Livingston. Pic: FPA
Grant Anderson sets up an attack against Livingston. Pic: FPA

Raith Rovers manager Ray McKinnon says the best is still to come from his side.

Despite Rovers’ unbeaten start to the season and having yet to concede a goal the Stark’s Park boss is looking for his side to improve, starting with this Saturday’s away league match at Falkirk.

Iain Davidson

Iain Davidson

“We did very well against Livingston,” he said. “We took our chances when they came along, though we probably could have scored a couple more.

“I thought we could have done a wee bit more in terms of stretching them in the second half, but we limited them to a couple of long range efforts which is a good sign for me because it means that the team’s doing its job in front of the back four.

“I’m pleased - it’s a great start to the season, but there’s still more to come from us.”

McKinnon said the way he set his team out against Livi is an indication of how he wants to see Rovers play.

“I said to the boys before the game if we limit them then we’ll create chances and that’s how we’ll set our stall out this season.

“It’s not rocket science - stop them at one end and score at the other - but it’s how you go about it and that was the pleasing thing for me.”

Making a return to Rovers was midfielder Iain Davidson who made his second Stark’s Park debut as a second half substitute and McKinnon said he’ll bring some much needed experience to his young side.

He said: “Right through pre-season I had a nagging doubt that we were needing something.

“I knew what it was and I was trying to persevere with what we had but it dawned on me that I needed an experienced holding midfield player and Davo fits the bill.

“We’ll need to get him fit but he’ll fit the bill and release other players in the team. He’ll be that protector and I think it’s important you have that sort of player in your team, though I think he’ll be the oldest player in the team by a mile! It’s a young team so the experience Davo brings will be a big help.”

The boss revealed that he is still hopeful to add to his squad following the devastating news that teenage striker Lewis Vaughan has a long-term injury and will be running his eye over trialists this week

“I think it’s safe to say Lewis will be out for the season,” he said. “He’s a top young lad and he’ll back from this stronger.

“I’m looking to see what’s available and if we can get a goalscorer, I’ll grab him.”

McKinnon says that Saturday’s match against Falkirk will be the toughest test of the season so far, but he’s pleased to have almost a full squad to choose from - only Craig Barr remains injured alongside Vaughan, and Kyle Benedictus is available.

“Falkirk are a good side - a strong side. They got to the Scottish Cup Final last season and were unfortunate not to win it.

“They’ll be seeing themselves as title contenders this season, no doubt about it.

“They’re a well run club with a few quid in the bank so this will be a real tough game.

“But we go there full of confidence. We’ll approach it in the right manner and see where we are at the final whistle.

“At the back Bates has done really well. He’s got great experience from playing, but he’s only 18.

“He’s done great and I thought Toshney was superb on Saturday considering his ankle is still not 100 per cent yet, and Benny’s been outstanding when he’s played so I’m delighted to have them back.

“It fills you with confidence that you have that strength in your team again. It’s a good headache to have.”