Former Hearts midfielder Rudi Skacel not bothered about the manner of Raith Rovers’ victory

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At the ripe old age of 37, Raith Rovers midfielder Rudi Skacel is long enough in the tooth not to become too concerned by a victory that was scarcely merited.

A woeful performance from the hosts somehow yielded a 1-0 win against the hapless Queen of the South after the Czech veteran climbed off the bench and made an immediate impact after digging out a cross that was converted by Mark Stewart in the 91st minute.

Skacel had only been introduced two minutes earlier but he demonstrated a rare moment of quality in a Rovers display devoid of flair.

Rudi SkacelAnd the former Hearts favourite, who hopes to be involved in next weekend’s Fife derby at Dunfermline, admits he was not going to lose any sleep fretting about the manner of the victory.

He said: “Games like this are important if you win, even ugly games. No one will ask how you did it.

“We didn’t play like we did last week in the win over Falkirk but that’s why we’re more happy with three points.

“Sometimes points are more important than how you play. We’ll now focus on the big derby game coming up, we’re pleased.”

Asked what manager’s Gary Locke’s instructions were when he was sent on, Skacel replied:

“Score or prepare a goal. I’m pleased, it was a short time I was on but I was lucky.

“We’re happy we have three points and it does not matter who sets up the goal or who scored. I’m pleased we’ve got the win.

“Every game I want to win, in every game I want to score. Nothing changes, I’m still hungry to play and that’s why I’m here.

“It’s a big challenge with these young boys. Every day is a challenge and I’m enjoying it.”

 

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