Raith Rovers have ‘nothing to fear’, according to striker Mark Stewart

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By ALISTAIR FELL – @CCP_sport

Despite suffering a narrow defeat at the hands of play-off rivals Falkirk, Raith Rovers goal-scorer Mark Stewart remains adamant his side can compete with Falkirk and Hibs at the top end of the Championship.

Rovers’ 2-1 loss was their third in a row but the 27-year-old maintains the Fifers were unfortunate not to take anything from Saturday’s game.

Stark's Park Raith Rovers
Stewart insists Raith will be ‘in the mix’ for a play-off place

Stewart, who gave Raith their 39th-minute lead after a defensive mix-up, said: “We don’t think there’s much between ourselves and Falkirk.

“If you take Rangers away, Hibs have got a big budget but I don’t think there’s much between them and us either.

“There’s four or five that are going to be going for those play-off places and we want to get one of them.”

Following the loss, Raith now find themselves six points adrift of Falkirk and just one point above fifth placed Queen of the South.

Stewart concedes Saturday’s was a game against one of the teams they’ve ‘got to be beating’ but is certain it could have gone either way.

“There is still a long way to go,” commented Stewart. “With the game against Hibs, the second-half anyway, and Saturday’s performance, we’ve got nothing to fear.

“I think we’ll be in the mix come the end of the season.”

Up next for Rovers, a week on Saturday, is a trip to face a struggling Dumbarton side.

Stewart added: “We can hold our heads high after (Saturday’s) performance, but we just need to get out of this wee run we’re on and get back to winning ways.”

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