BY IAIN COLLIN – @CCP_sport
Ray McKinnon insists Raith Rovers deserved at least a share of the spoils from Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Falkirk.
Only three points separated the teams ahead of kick-off, with the Bairns enjoying the comfort of a narrow lead in third place.
However, that stretched to six points by the end of a ding-dong 90 minutes that saw Mark Stewart’s opener cancelled out by Blair Alston’s equaliser and then John Baird secure the visitors victory with an excellent 60th-minute strike.
Stewart benefited from a defensive slip-up from Falkirk, who then capitalised on a blunder from Iain Davidson that allowed Baird to clinch a hard-fought win.
Rovers piled on the pressure in the closing stages and saw both James Craigen and Jon Daly denied by stout Falkirk defending.
But Stark’s Park boss McKinnon was adamant that his players should have ended up with more than a third straight defeat.
He said: “It’s disappointing, it’s a hard one to take. There were two mistakes and it does happen in football.
“But I thought we were excellent.
“They’re two goals were brilliant, great finishes, but I just wish we had had that wee bit of clinical edge.
“There was nothing in it and we probably deserved to take something out of the game, at least – at least.
“So, we’re a wee bit disappointed, but we understand football’s like that.
“We threw everything at them in the last five or 10 minutes.
“We probably had a couple of chances before that when we should have done better.
“I’m really pleased with the performance. I think Falkirk can count themselves lucky to walk away with the three points.
“I’m pretty sure they’ve said that, and if they’ve not then they’re lying!
“I’ve no complaints, performance-wise, it’s just unfortunate we’ve not taken something out of the game, because we certainly deserved it.”