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  1. The New Raith Rovers Thread

    McKay has been really good and improving almost every week since he came in. This run of games will have done him the world of good. However, I still think our strongest centre back pairing when Bene is back in him and Davo. I’d also prefer Murray to keep his place ahead of McHattie at left back. Would be good to suddenly have positive problems regarding selection in defence for once though.
  2. The New Raith Rovers Thread

    I was confused by that too. Perhaps we were planning to move someone on to bring Austin in? That would explain needing extra time and why money might not be available right now.
  3. The New Raith Rovers Thread

    Not sure what everyone else thinks but I'd actually be tempted to change formation and go 3 at the back when Bene returns. Our midfield is the main area of weakness for me and this would allow us to put 3 in there to compensate but still keep 2 up top. Lennox Thomson-Bene-Davo- Murray-McHattie Matthews-Robertson-Herron (might be better in a 3) Vaughan-Buchanan Apologies for the god awful formatting and text size, on my phone and can't change it.
  4. Raith Rovers v East Fife

    I hope that was written with tongue firmly in cheek, otherwise its absolute madness. For as hopeless as Davo was at the start of the season, he has been excellent since Bene was injured and he'll be a big miss.
  5. St Mirren V Brechin

    Gambling forum for this pish but Saints fans, any reason I shouldn't back Morgan to score and Saints to win @ 15/8?
  6. Albion Rovers fans, is there any obvious reason why your home record is so poor compared to your away one? Seems utterly mental to have 4 wins from 4 away from home with a +11 goals difference but 3 defeats from 3 at home with a -9 goal difference. Despite those stats I would be delighted with a win here. The start of a tough run of games. 4 of our next 5 are away and the one home game is against a team unbeaten on the road in over a year.
  7. The New Raith Rovers Thread

    Smith has been a pretty dodgy since he came in I think but the main advantage he has over Brian is his communication. There were a few times on Saturday he could be easily heard barking orders and organising. There's a lot to be said for that, especially with a makeshift back 4. Can't add anything that hasn't been covered regarding the defensive signing. No problem with the club not spending money they don't have, glad they're being responsible. However, they should surely have waited for the results from the specialist before discussing a new signing.
  8. The New Raith Rovers Thread

    Would it be a centre back rather than a left back we'd bring in? Murray seems to be fine at left back. Possible loan return of Davie Bates?
  9. Let Down XI

    It is harsh tbf but we've been blessed with some good centre backs in recent times. Bene, Barr, Toshney, Murray, Campbell, Ellis, Andrews even Watson and Hill. The worst ones such as Ross Perry and Chris McLeod were ones who had no expectation of being anything other than hopeless. Sure there must be a centre back I'm missing though.
  10. Reading the East Fife thread about a few players who came in with good reputations and never performed got me thinking about who would make up a 'Let Down XI' at each side. This isn't necessarily the worst players, just players who you had high hopes for with good reputations but then flopped or never performed anything above average. My Rovers XI would be: Lee Robinson (Came in with rave reviews from QOS fans, was pretty hopeless barring the Ramsdens Cup Final.) Simon Mensing (Always played at a good level in Scotland but best days were behind him with us.) Eddie Malone (Always a player I really rated at Ayr and Dundee but was the definition of average for us.) Andy Tod (Pars hero, legs gone by the time he ended up at Starks.) Barrie McKay (Promising youngster who thought he was better than us, his career path since shows he was right but he never showed it in a Rovers jersey.) Martin Scott (Highly rated at Ross County and Livi was murder for us. Not helped by being played upfront on occasion.) Ryan McCord (Arguably one of the best part time footballers in the country in his time at Alloa. Always stood out. Never adjusted to full time football though and disappointed in most appearances.) Juan Guerrero (He's Spanish, he must be good) Chris Johnston (Some Killie fans told us he was too good for us if he stayed injury free. They were wrong.) Craig Wighton (Tough on the young lad joining us at 18 but not helped by wild overhyping by Dundee fans. We thought we were getting some sort of wonderkid, what we got was a huge let down.) Jon Daly (We were screaming out for an experienced target man, he ticked all the boxes. Turns out he was too experienced. One season too many, he was finished.) Substitutes: Jamie Langfield Derek Carcary Denis Prychynenko Rudi Skacel Paul Harvey Ian Harty Beto Carranza Managed by John Hughes of course. I really struggled for defenders. We've had some poor defenders but never many hyped up to be anything else. I'm probably missed a few obvious ones. Apologies for the size of text. On my phone and can't see where to change it.
  11. The New Raith Rovers Thread

    Apparently he can sign as an amateur? Not sure if that's true. Was he not part time with East Fife though? Why would he give up his day job to sign a 'short term' full time deal with us?
  12. They lost the week after at home to Ayr. They are a decent side and may well beat us. However, even if they do, it's hard to call anyone a bogey team after you've beaten them 3-0 in the same season.
  13. The New Raith Rovers Thread

    I'd assumed Zanatta would have been part of the Callachan deal so we will be playing little or nothing towards his wages. It only looks a strange signing in hindsight after the defensive injuries at the weekend. It's just the nature with such a tight squad. 2 injuries in the same area of the pitch and we will be relying on youth, the same would have been the case upfront or out wide before we'd signed Zanatta. We also signed a 4th goalkeeper last month which would probably have used up any space in the budget before the Callachan deal.
  14. The New Raith Rovers Thread

    All of those are options but in situations like this, I always think it's best to disrupt the shape and lineup of the team as little as possible. McKay straight swap with Bene for me. At a push, Murray to CB to replace Bene and Valentine at LB but pretty sure he's only 16/17 probably a bit soon for him. Would leave Thomson, Matthews, Robertson etc in their natural positions, no point disrupting other areas of the pitch.