LAURIE Ellis insisted that winning was all that mattered after a Saturday’s 1-0 victory in Hamilton.
The Raith Rovers defender returned to the team for the first time since August as Rovers picked up their first win in five league games.
The match was a poor advert for the first division as the standard of football from both teams left a lot to be desired.
However, Ellis was just happy to get back to winning ways.
“We just needed to get a win,” he said.
“The first half was good. We were lively and we were happy with it.
“In the second half they had a lot of possession and we didn’t really get to grips with it.
“Things get difficult when they throw everything at you in the second half.
“They pushed so many bodies forward and you have to make sure you are matching those bodies.
“When you win the ball the skill is then to keep it and get yourself up the park.
“We didn’t do that but we were quite resolute and we’re happy we managed to get three points.”
Most pleasing for Ellis was the team’s defensive display after losing four goals to Cowdenbeath the previous week.
“We were not happy with some of the goals we’ve lost recently,” he said.
“We managed to keep a clean sheet on Saturday which is really positive but there’s still lots we need to improve on.
“We feel we’ve still got much more to come.”
Ellis, currently in his testimonial year, has taken on extra responsibilities this season as part of Grant Murray’s management team, and as a result, is finding himself working twice as hard.
“Myself and Grant are putting in twice the hours we did as players,” he added.
“Your mind is always on it and you’re always thinking about things we can improve on, and ways you can help the boys.
“The hardest part is doing it all while still playing.
“If you didn’t have to worry about your own fitness or be ready for a game on the Saturday you would have more time to think about others things.
“Combining it all together is really tricky, especially when it’s all new to us.
“It’s hard work but we’re not scared of that.”
Saturday was Ellis first start since August, but he stressed that his close working relationship with Murray will not be jeopardised by team selection.
“I hurt my back up at Ross County and missed a couple of weeks, but when I was back fit the team was doing well so he didn’t change it,” Ellis said.
“I’ve just been helping the manager and biding my time but when I came back in on Saturday I just had to make sure I gave it my all.
“It’s easy to mump and moan when you’re not playing but if someone in your position is doing a good job you can’t really say much.
“Grant knows that I want to play evert week, but if for some reason I’m not playing he still gets my 100 per cent support, and the whole team is the same.
“We’re all working towards the same thing. I don’t need to tell him how much I want to play every week.
“He’s the manager and for a while the defence was looking good and he kept it the same – I had no problem with that.”