Raith Rovers have moved up to top spot in the SPFL Ladbrokes League One table after defeating East Fife 5-0 on Saturday in the Fife Derby – and Rovers striker Liam Buchanan is grateful for the support he and his team-mates have received so far from the Stark’s Park faithful.
Looking at the season overall, so far, the experienced striker said:
“It is a good bunch of boys, so, that makes it easier to join a new team when there is such a good changing room at the club. As I have said before, my relationship with the manager has helped a wee bit too, but, coming from Edinburgh, having got to know Ross Callachan and Lewis Vaughan, they have also helped me and made me feel really welcome. They got me a wee gift for when I first arrived! It is always disappointing when you don’t qualify from a tournament, but, I think we took a lot of positives from those games and – with no disrespect mean to any of the teams in our league – the matches against Dundee and Dundee United was of a higher quality than what we will face and I think we competed with them really well.”
“I feel the boys have responded really well to what the gaffer is trying to get us to do; I think we you draw away to Alloa, win an away derby match as well as both your games at home, as well as getting through to the next round of the Irn-Bru Cup, it think we have to be pleased with the start we have made.”
Speaking to jordanburtfootball.com ahead of last weekend’s Fife Derby, Buchanan said of the challenge in League One this year:
“I think when people come to Stark’s Park and see a nice, big, stadium, that might raise their game a little bit. Certainly, ween we go away from home, we all know our jobs. I think playing against a club like Raith, it is a scalp for them, no matter where we are playing, so we just need to do our own jobs and take care of ourselves. I think every game is vital – every game we have to be looking to win, no matter what stage of the season it is at; we have got a winning mentality in the changing room and I can’t see that stopping. We go into every game wanting, and trying, to win every match – I know throughout the whole season it won’t always be the right result, but we need to go into every game believing we can get one.”
Speaking from a personal point of view, the former Dunfermline striker said:
“I think I have had a good start, so far. I have tried to help the team as much as I can – I have chipped in with a few goals and hopefully I can carry on doing that. [Talking of his goal versus Forfar] I think it was getting late in the game and turning one point into three will be massive for us this season and it doesn’t matter who scores the goals, as long as we win these matches. The support has been terrific – to see so many supporters coming out and getting behind the team. When you come out the tunnel and up the stairs and see the stands so full and that the fans have came out in their numbers by paying their hard earned cash to support us, it definitely gives myself and all the lads a massive lift.”