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    Preview of Raith Rovers game 

    Saturday, August 16, 2008 3:27:09 AM

    Today we welcome John McGlynn, the coaches, players, directors, officials and of course the supporters the Raith Rovers Football Club. Once again Raith are being looked upon as the favourites for the league, which is so difficult when you start to consider clubs such as East Fife and Ayr United who have obviously been spending significantly with a view to winning the league.
    I always feel that the expectations for Raith are so high that when they reach the play off’s they are already looking upon it as a disappointment and going into these games in the wrong frame of mind, which might explain why they find it so hard to get through. This season that optimism may be well founded with John now settled into his third season at Raith and good players signed over the summer. I know that most supporters will look at Maryvn Andrews departure with disappointment but the fact of the matter is that any player consistently injured is no good to the manager or the team and John will be better off spending that money on someone who is more likely to play or at least be available every week. The players added to John’s squad include the impressive Laurie Ellis and Mark Ferry, who we approached in the summer but they obviously felt that Raith Rovers was a better option and I hope we can prove both to be wrong before the end of the season. Also signed were David McGurn, Gary O’Connor, Allan Walker and Andrew Cook and they have all helped Raith start the season strong defensively with clean sheets against both Ayr United and Queens Park. The games between the teams last season were very close with 2 wins each and I’m sure that today will be no different.
    While we didn’t expect to be in the position of losing both our league games at this stage, it’s important that we don’t get too desperate for that important first win. We need to concentrate on getting the basics right and then try to encourage our flair players to give us that something different in the games to help us win the three points – all that sounds very simple but is often far more difficult to achieve. By our own admission we didn’t play well in the first half last Saturday and effectively allowed Ayr to boss the game and score twice in that period. We improved hugely in the second half but failed to capitalise on the chances created and I believe that the final score line flattered our opponents.
    Our injuries have been such that we have been unable to field the same team twice and it has clearly disrupted our pre season confidence. The recent injured list for Tuesday night’s game against Clyde included, David McClune, Chris Townsley, Andy Ferguson, Fraser Forrest, Brown Ferguson and Dougie Wilson and I know that Jim Law is working hard at getting at least a couple of players back playing before next week’s trip to Peterhead.
    Today, as always, we look forward to an open and entertaining game against Raith Rovers and I hope that we can finally get the win that we are all looking for.

    As always I thank you for your support.


    Allan Maitland - Team Manager

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