BY IAIN COLLIN – Capital City Press
Raith Rovers captain Jason Thomson is hopeful he will finally get that ‘Friday feeling’ tonight after tasting four straight defeats in fixtures on that day so far in his career.
The full-back goes into this evening’s clash with St Mirren in Paisley praying for a change in fortune given his previous experiences with Friday night games.
The former Hearts defender has lost a frustrating 14 goals in four games and been on the end of two 4-0 hammerings in the past, with Rovers suffering three losses on Fridays last season.
When with Dunfermline, Thomson crashed to a 4-0 defeat against Aberdeen in 2011 and last term lost 4-0 and 2-1 to Rangers, and 4-3 to Queen of the South.
But the 28-year-old is determined he will this time kick-off his weekend with a long-awaited Friday win.
He said: “I’ve played four times on a Friday night and I’ve not won a game yet! And the scores haven’t been great either.
“I played in one of the first Friday night games, for Dunfermline at Aberdeen, and we got beat 4-0.
“So, I’m not a fan of them!
“Having said that, it’s like any game, if you get the win it doesn’t matter when it’s played – it’s just I’ve never had one of them on a Friday yet!
“But maybe I’m due one and I can enjoy it this time round.”
Raith have so far carved out five consecutive wins at home this season, but have lost their last four matches on the road.
But the Stark’s Park skipper is confident that, like his Friday-night ‘jinx’, Rovers can resolve their away-day blues.
He added: “Last year we were probably better away from home than we were at home. I don’t know what I would put the change down to, but I would look at that in a positive way.
“We’re winning more games at home and you would want to do that. That can put you in good stead as the season goes on and it’s just about trying to get the away form sorted.
“Going through to St Mirren isn’t going to be easy. They’re one of the teams that will certainly fancy their chances of getting into the play-offs.
“But we’ll go through there with confidence.”