We can turn poor form around, says Raith coach Ellis

Mark Millar's stunning free-kick beats the Raith wall to seal a 4-2 win for Falkirk. Pic: Neil Doig
Mark Millar's stunning free-kick beats the Raith wall to seal a 4-2 win for Falkirk. Pic: Neil Doig

Laurie Ellis insists that every effort is being put into turning Raith Rovers poor league form around.

Saturday’s latest setback at home to Falkirk left the Kirkcaldy side heading into this weekend’s Scottish Cup quarter-final without a league win in 10 games.

The bad run has put pressure on the management team to come up with the answers and veteran defender Ellis, who also works on the coaching staff alongside manager Grant Murray, believes they can turn things around.

“The manager is putting every ounce of energy into turning it around,” Ellis explained. “It’s a different feeling for him now that he’s not out on the pitch.

“Throughout his whole career he has been a great influence as a player so it must be a different kind of emotion for him at moment. I can tell you for sure he’s hurting.

“As a player you have good days and bad days, and you used to just dust yourself down after a bad result and get on with it.

“But when you’re on the coaching side it’s harder to pick yourself up straight away. It hurts that wee bit deeper.

“But there’s no problem with us, we’re all positive people, and after any setback we all can’t wait for the next game.

“We see the signs every day that the team we know is there, and we showed in the first half on Saturday that the team can fire again, but we need to make sure it’s not just in glimpses.

“If we get ahead and have a good first half like that, we need to make sure we have control the second half as well - otherwise it’s pointless.

“A good first half gets us nothing. The boys are fit and sharp, and up for the challenge, we just need to get some points.”

Rovers will get a welcome break from their league woes this Saturday when St Johnstone visit Stark’s Park in a Scottish Cup quarter-final.

“We’ll be ready for it, and we’ll give St Johnstone a hard game,” Ellis said.

“It annoys us when people think the league form has suffered because we’ve had good cup runs - that’s not the case with other teams in the quarter-finals.

“I’ve played in a semi-final before with this club and we’ll be doing everything to get there again.”