We don’t fear the teams below us, says Raith boss

John Baird saw a first half shot saved by Livingston 'keeper Darren Jamieson on Satuday. Photo: Walter Neilson
John Baird saw a first half shot saved by Livingston 'keeper Darren Jamieson on Satuday. Photo: Walter Neilson

Raith Rovers are running out of breathing space at the bottom of the Championship, but manager Grant Murray insists there is still plenty air left in the tank.

The struggling Kirkcaldy side have picked up only one win in their last 14 league games and now sit just four points ahead of Cowdenbeath, who currently occupy the relegation play-off position.

However, with six league games left, Murray insists there is no panic at Stark’s Park over the prospect of being caught by their Fife rivals.

He said: “We’ve got enough games left to worry about ourselves and take care of our own position.

“We don’t need to have a fear about other teams.”

Murray was speaking after the devastating 3-2 defeat in Hamilton on Tuesday night that saw the hosts grab an injury-time winner.

“For the effort and commitment the players put in, it’s really hard to take,” Murray said.

“The lads are really disappointed, but I can’t take anything away from them. I felt they deserved something out the game.

“We were looking for a reaction to Saturday’s defeat, and we certainly got that. It’s just unfortunate we lost a goal so late.

“We were happy enough with the performance but at this moment in time it’s points that we want.

“When it gets so late in the season it’s points that can either keep you climbing the table, or staying in league.”

Raith travel to Alloa on Saturday for their last league match before the eagerly anticipated Ramsdens Cup final against Rangers the following Sunday.

“First and foremost, the players will only be concentrating on Saturday’s game,” Murray said. “We want to get back to winning ways.

“It will be a difficult game going to Alloa but if we perform, and put in the same effort we did at Hamilton, then we’re well capable of winning it.”

Victory on Saturday would take Raith above Alloa into eighth position, but Rovers have a poor record at Recreation Park in recent years, with five defeats and two draws in the last seven visits.

“Records are there to be broken,” Murray added.

Meanwhile, Rovers are expecting to receive a small additional allocation of tickets for the Ramsdens Cup final, which will go on general public sale from Stark’s Park on Tuesday, from 9.00 a.m to 4.00 p.m, on a first come, first served basis.

Eric Drysdale, Rovers’ chief executive, said: “If people are interested they should try to arrive as early as possible as there are less than 100 available and once they are gone, they are gone.”

Don’t miss next week’s Fife Free Press for a 12-page souvenir supplement previewing the Ramsdens Cup final.