RAITH Rovers were the big winners on Tuesday night despite not kicking a ball.
Title rivals Dunfermline and Falkirk dropped points in a 1-1 draw at East End Park – a result that kept Rovers top of the First Division.
But manager John McGlynn has discouraged his players from too much heart from the result, emphasising that Rovers’ fate is in their own hands.
“It’s a natural thing to do to look at other teams’ results and hope they go for you, but we’ll only win this league by what we do, not what Falkirk and Dunfermline do,” he said.
“We can’t be looking at results elsewhere between now and the end of the season. We have to win games to stay where we are.”
Rovers lead has narrowed to one point, placing extra emphasis on the need for positive results from Cowdenbeath on Saturday, and the re-arranged home match against Dundee on Tuesday.
“We’re in a situation now where every game between now and the end of the season is a cup final,” McGlynn stressed. “We want to stay top of the league as long as we possibly can, and if we can win two games coming up that will put pressure on our rivals.
“Saturday’s defeat to Dundee was demoralising but we have to take it on the chin. We’ve looked at the video evidence and agreed we can play better.”
Rovers face a Cowdenbeath side without a win since November 6, but McGlynn’s side required two goals in the last three minutes to overcome a stubborn Blue Brazil on their last visit to Central Park.
“Saturday is a tough game where the first goal is key,” McGlynn said. “We’re disappointed in the last few weeks that we’ve taken the lead in each of our last four games, but haven’t gone on to win on three occasions, which is very unusual for us.
“Normally once Raith Rovers get ahead, the game is done and dusted. That’s what we’ll be looking to get back to.”
McGlynn has also asked his team to quit fouling after dropping points to set piece strikes against both Morton and Dundee.
“We have to make sure our concentration is right, and that we do not commit ourselves into fouls when players are not in a threatening position,” he said.
“Both against Morton and Dundee we conceded free-kicks when the player with the ball still had an awful lot to do.
“There are players in this league who can punish you with good technique from a free-kick.”
Rovers defender Mark Campbell remains a doubt for Saturday.