5 matches; 4 wins; 1 draw; 0 defeats… not a bad August for Raith Rovers who sit proudly at the top of SPFL Ladbrokes League One ahead of this weekend’s top of the table clash against Ayr United.
For manager Smith, he was happy to pick up the award on behalf of all the players and staff.
“I think we have had a good start to the season, but, we want to keep progressing. Collectively; myself, the coaching staff and the players have worked hard to get ourselves into a good place at the moment. It is good to get this reward so early in the season but we also know that as a team, we want to keep progressing and that is what we will be aiming to do.”
With 4 wins in the month of August, plus a draw away to Alloa on the opening day of the league season, Smith is happy with the progress being made since he took over in the summer.
“We are progressing well and that is because the boys are working hard in training and working hard during games. They are taking on board what we are trying to get across to them; they are a credit to themselves that they are doing so well at the moment but we know we are only into September: there is a long way to go and we just need to keep progressing as a team.”
Speaking of his delight of his first ever Player of the Month award, 21-year-old Vaughan told KingdomFM:
“The boys have started well this season. Everyone has played well individually but we have also done well as a team. Credit also has to go to the gaffer and his backroom team – we are up there for a reason, the league table doesn’t lie and long may that continue.”
After a frustrating season for Vaughan last term, has the consistency of regular games with Raith aided the strikers form to flourish?
“Possibly, yeah,” agrees Vaughan. “After a serious injury like I had, it gives you a massive knock psychologically and physically. I feel that I am over that now and I am back to my best: I put the work in during pre-season and the physio, Stuart Phin, has been immense since that moment I got injured with me personally. He has done everything and anything I have needed The other thing is obviously the gaffer and his two assistants – Kevin Cuthbert and Scott Robertson = who fully believe in myself and I think I am repaying them with my confidence.”
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