Raith Rovers

V

Queen of the South

Saturday 23rd November 2013

Stark’s Park

Kick off: 3.00pm

Admission Prices

Adults – £17 | Parent & Child – £20 | Concessions* – £9

Students* – £13 | Under 6 – Free

*Concessions are under 16s, over 65s. Jobseekers and full time students can only be purchased as a concession from the main office at Stark’s Park. Jobseekers must show satisfactory proof of entitlement along with photographic I.D and students must show a valid 2013/14 matriculation card – expired student cards will not be accepted

Match Preview:

Raith Rovers return to Stark’s Park for the first time in a month on Saturday, as they attempt to get back to winning ways against an in-form Queen of the South side.

Jim McIntyre’s men have won three out of their last four league and cup games, keeping three clean sheets in the process, and now sit seventh, just five points behind the play-off places.

With the two sides who are above Raith, Hamilton and Dundee, meeting at New Douglas Park, a win on Saturday would see Rovers gain ground on at least one of them. Queen’s on the other hand will be looking to build on their improving away form, which has seen them win at Alloa, Morton, and draw with Hearts in their last 5 fixtures away from Dumfries.

Raith won the opening encounter between the sides this season 1-0 at Palmerston Park, in a match that saw David McGurn make a number of impressive saves. The closeness of that contest is indicative of this fixture in general, with Raith only just coming out on top during the last ten meetings, with five wins to the Donnhamers four.

Saturday’s match will be refereed by Mat Northcroft.

What The Manager Said:

After losing their unbeaten away record against Dundee the previous weekend, Raith lost on their travels again last Saturday, when they went down 1-0 at Recreation Park to Alloa. Grant Murray was not only disappointed by the result, but also by the performance of the team,

“We went into last weekends match against Alloa, confident that we could bounce back after going down to defeat against Dundee, but we knew it was going to be difficult. Although we won the first game against them 4-2 at Stark’s Park, I thought it was an extremely close game, that thankfully we managed to win in the end.”

“Saturday’s match was totally different though. You could see the longer the match went on, that one goal could very well be enough, and I spoke to the lads at half-time, about how vital it was for us to get ahead. I thought we started the game reasonably well, but we didn’t take the couple of chances that we created, and that came back to haunt us.”

“Alloa are a very organised team, that are incredibly difficult to break down, so you need to make the most of the chances that you do create. If you don’t, there’s every chance that you’ll end up losing the match, and unfortunately that’s exactly what happened to us on Saturday.”

“We want to take three points from every game, and we’ve went into every match this season, confident that we can do just that. However, if you’re off your game on a Saturday, then it can be difficult against any team in this league, no matter where they’re sitting in it.”

“I felt that last weekend was probably the first time this season where the majority of the players haven’t performed. I thought that we under-performed as a team against Alloa, and ultimately we lost the game as a result.”

Last week saw Reece Donaldson head out on loan to Peterhead, signing for the Balmoor club until January. He made his debut on Saturday in a 1-1 draw against East Stirling, a match which saw the the on-loan Raith player presented with the man-of-the-match award,

“Reece has been unlucky this season with how much game time he’s managed to get, and while reserve games can help your fitness, they’re no substitute for a competitive fixture. Reece is a really good player, and he’s had a fair amount of first team experience already, even though he’s still young. I felt that rather than twiddling his thumbs in the reserves, he’d benefit from going out on loan.”

“It was good to hear he ended up with the man-of-the-match award on Saturday, so he’s obviously slotted in well already. He’ll come back to us with more match sharpness in a few months, which he and Raith Rovers can only benefit from.”

This weekends match sees Rovers take on an in-form Queen of the South side, and the Raith boss is keen to get back on track after two consecutive defeats,

“Queen’s are in a great bit of form at the moment, and they’re keeping clean sheets too, which is always going to see you win games. They started off the season with a couple of wins, but it’s always difficult acclimatising to a new league after you gain promotion. They’ve got a good side down there, and I’m not surprised that they’ve started to climb the league again recently.”

“Queen of the South will come here hoping to get that bit nearer to the play-off positions, but we’re going into the game looking to bounce back after back-to-back defeats for the first time this season. I’m looking forward to it, and hopefully we’ll come away from the game with the three points.”

Head-to-Head League Record at Stark’s Park:

Raith Rovers wins: 23 | Draws: 8 | Queen of the South wins: 15

Raith Rovers goals: 84 | Queen of the South goals: 49

Top Goalscorers in All Competitions:

Raith Rovers: Calum Elliot 7 | Greig Spence 7 | Joe Cardle 5

 Queen of the South: Derek Lyle 10 | Iain Russell 7 | Ryan McGuffie 3

Match Odds:

Raith Rovers: 6/5 | Queen of the South: 9/4 | Draw: 13/5

Back to News