Raith Rovers 

St Johnstone 

William Hill Scottish Cup Quarter Final

Saturday 8th March 2014

Stark’s Park, Kirkcaldy 

Kick off: 12.15pm 

Admission Prices: 

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

Students* – £13 | Disabled – Half Price and carer 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

Both Raith Rovers fans and St Johnstone fans can pay at the turnstile, which open at 11.00am 

Match Preview: 

Raith Rovers get a chance to put their league form to one side this weekend, when they welcome St. Johnstone to Stark’s Park, in a Scottish Cup quarter-final tie.

After away wins at East Stirling, Dundee and Hibernian, this will be Raith’s first match at home in this season’s Scottish Cup. Grant Murray’s men will be aiming to become the first team to breach St. Johnstone’s defence in this season’s competition, as the Perth side have reached the last eight, after a 2-0 win at home against Livingston, and a 4-0 win over Forfar at Station Park.

This will be Raith’s eighteenth appearance at this stage of the competition, with the first coming in 1908, when they lost to Celtic 3-0 at Stark’s Park.

Their most recent was the 2-1 win at Dens Park in 2010, and that victory brought to an end a run of five straight quarter-final defeats, stretching back to 1971.

Raith Rovers and St Johnstone last met in the Scottish Cup in 2008, when the Saints won 3-1 in a fourth round tie. These encounters tend to be high scoring affairs, and in six previous Scottish Cup meetings, the teams have shared 28 goals.

St Johnstone have the upper hand in the last ten meetings between the clubs in all competitions, with seven wins from the last ten encounters. Raith’s only win in that time was a 1-0 win, back in October 2004.

Saturday’s match referee will be Craig Thomson

What The Manager Said:

Two late Falkirk goals put Raith to the sword last week, despite an encouraging performance, especially in the first half, which saw Rovers deservedly take a 2-1 lead, going into the second period. While Grant Murray was happy to see the side scoring again, the fact that the team failed to build on the impressive opening spell, was the biggest disappointment,

“Even though we’d went a goal behind, I thought we’d started the half reasonably well, and there wasn’t really a lot between the teams. We then did really well to turn that deficit around and go two one up, and we went in at half-time on the back of a good performance. Then we gave away a sloppy goal at the start of the second-half, and it set us back a wee bit.”

“I thought we matched Falkirk for large spells on Saturday, although obviously the fourth goal near the end killed the game. We were obviously disappointed to lose, especially since we were two one up at the interval. We need to capitalise when we’re in that type of position, and take charge when we’re on top.”

“We are scoring goals again, and that’s great, but we need to balance that by becoming strong defensively again, and that goes for the whole team.”

This weekend’s match against St. Johnstone sees the away side as strong favourites, but that’s a situation that doesn’t faze Murray, or his players,

“We’ve been the underdog in the last couple of rounds, but we went to Dens Park and Easter Road and came back with results, so we are capable. The game has a special feel about it, we’re at home for the first time in the cup this season, it’s live on Sky, the game’s had that bit more publicity, and we need to be ready and make sure we’re organised. We’ll make sure we approach the game properly and give our all, as to get through, we’ll definitely need to be at our best.”

“It’s great that we’ve made it this far, and St. Johnstone are a very good team, but we gave a very good account of ourselves against Hibs, and that was enough to win us the game. We’ll need exactly the same this Saturday, as there’s so much at stake. We’re just 90 minutes away from the semi-finals of a national cup competition, and we’re desperate to be there.”

Head-to-Head Record in the Scottish Cup:

Raith Rovers wins: 1 | St. Johnstone wins: 4 | Draws: 1

Raith Rovers goals: 9 | St. Johnstone goals: 19

Top Goalscorers in All Competitions:

Raith Rovers: Calum Elliot 10 | Greig Spence 8 | Joe Cardle 6

St. Johnstone: Stevie May 21 | Steven MacLean 7 | Nigel Hasselbaink 5

Match Odds:

Raith Rovers: 7/2 | St. Johnstone: 4/5 | Draw: 13/5

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