Hetherston looks back as Raith chase Clyde win

Three points vital for Rovers.

AFTER securing the services of striker Mark Jones, Raith Rovers manager Peter Hetherston is now turning his attentions to the defence.

Although he has no-one in mind at the moment, he did admit his next target is likely to be a centre half to provide cover and competition for Shaun Dennis and Paul Browne.

However, with little money available, he may instead decide to offer deals to Jean-Phillipe Javary and Joe Miller who both played as trialists at Arbroath.

The pair can play two more games under the same premise and are likely to feature in the crucial home clash with Clyde on Saturday.

''I thought Javary was outstanding at Arbroath, he tackled, closed people down and they certainly felt his presence there which we have been missing, Hetherston said. ''Joe did well when he came on and both would be useful additions to the squad - if we can work something out.

The manager also revealed Miller was being used in another role at the club.

''Joe has played for a long time and is very disciplined when he is wide out on the right so we have had him working with Nacho (Novo), showing him how things should be done and where he should be at times, he said. ''I ve always said Nacho has a lot to learn and Joe can only help him.

Hetherston was disappointed Rovers couldn t claim all three points at Gayfield but was happy with the response from the players after the Caley Thistle calamity.

''The work-rate was very good and over the 90 minutes I thought we could have won it, he said. ''We still need to improve a lot when it comes to passing the ball but we asked them for effort and they gave us that and showed spirit to come back from a goal down.

''The changes made a big difference, we looked more solid and while it was a pity Mark Jones missed those chances, he s not as sharp as he can be yet and will score goals for us.

''The game passed Paquito by a bit but that was mainly because we got dragged into Arbroath s style, it was all 100 miles-an-hour stuff which doesn t suit him and we ll have to play through him and let him dictate games because that is where he is class.

Clyde come to Stark s Park in fifth position on the back of victories over the top two teams in the league and Hetherston knows Rovers must start winning soon to avoid becoming detached at the bottom.

Players such as Miller, Jones, Paquito, Ross Matheson, Jorge Zoco and Jay Stein played in a bounce match at Alloa on Tuesday night to give them a full 90 minutes run-out and Hetherston is unlikely to make many changes to the side, although Darren Henderson is definitely out after suffering medial ligament damage at Arbroath, although the extent of the injury is not yet known.

''We lost a bit of shape when Darren went off and he is definitely out for Saturday which is a blow, the manager said. ''What we need to show is the same fight as at Arbroath, along with some good football, and kick-start a run of wins.

''There is still a lot of work to be done throughout the team but a lot of the problem is a lack of confidence and a win on Saturday would help put that right.