PETER Houston reckons Raith Rovers fans have been left with ‘egg on their faces’ after the impressive start the Kirkcaldy side have made under Gary Locke.
The appointment of former Kilmarnock and Hearts manager Locke as successor to the well-liked Ray McKinnon was a controversial one this summer, with some supporters criticising the board’s decision and fearing the worst.
However, Houston, who was Locke’s youth coach during their time together at Hearts, could not understand the way Locke was being judged before he had even had a chance to prove himself.
With the Stark’s Park men currently sitting second in the Championship ahead of Saturday’s clash with Falkirk, Houston believes there will have been some backtracking amongst the doubters following an unbeaten start to the league campaign.
The Bairns boss said: “Lockey has done exceptionally well. There were a lot of dissenters, I believe, when he went in because they had lost Ray McKinnon.
“I felt at the time that you’ve got to give somebody a chance.
“And I think that there will be a couple of Raith fans with egg on their faces, because Lockey has proved he can organise teams and he can get players to sign for the club.
“We’re aware of their dangers. All of the games between ourselves and Raith up there have been tight affairs and I expect no different.
“Raith will fancy their chances but we can fancy our chances as well, because we’re starting to build that wee bit of momentum and are looking better.”