Jason Thomson urges Raith Rovers to keep pressure on Ayr United in League One title race with East Fife win

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JASON THOMSON insists Raith Rovers will do all they can to put pressure on champions-elect Ayr United as they bid to haul themselves back to within three points of the league leaders on Tuesday night.

Rovers host rivals East Fife looking to make the most of their game in hand on Ayr, who enjoy the benefit of a six-point advantage going into the home straight in a topsy-turvy campaign.

Both sides have held the upper hand in the race for automatic promotion but Thomson admits United are the ones firmly in command after Raith went four games without a win – including defeats to the Honest Men and Forfar – before Saturday’s 2-1 win at Airdrie.

Manager Barry Smith held a team meeting in the wake of the Forfar defeat to get to the bottom of the slump.

And full-back Thomson acknowledges the Stark’s Park men have left themselves with no room for error if they are to have any chance of snatching the title back from Ayr.

The 30-year-old, who netted his seventh of the season at the weekend, said: “All we can do is look after ourselves and try to win every game and see if that’s enough to get us promoted.

“Ayr have got that six-point cushion, which will hopefully be down to three after Tuesday night, and we have to put as much pressure on them as we can.

“Then, it will be up to them to keep winning, and if they do then they will be champions.

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“We’ve left ourselves with no room for error if we are to have any chance, but we’ve still six games to go and we think we are still in it.

“We have always been an honest bunch and if there are things needing to be said in the dressing room then they’ll be said.

“But it’s about reacting on the pitch. You can talk all you want but you’ve got to do it, and it was good to get back to winning ways on Saturday.

“We had that little blip over two or three games last month but most times this season we’ve reacted well to any setbacks we’ve had and now is the time for us to step up and do all we can to see if we can win promotion.”

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