Attacking midfielder Bobby Barr is hoping the Fife side keep up their good run at home this season in SPFL Ladbrokes League One by defeating local rivals East Fife on Saturday. Speaking to the media on Thursday afternoon, the player was confident of making it six home wins out of six.
The former East Fife player looked back on last week’s draw away to Forfar:
“We were disappointed with the result and view it as two points dropped. It wasn’t a good game but we could’ve played better. At 1-0 up, we probably should’ve seen the game out but then we conceded the penalty. With 10 minutes to go, you would probably take the point as it is a game away from home; you have got to look at the positives and then move on.
There was a strong wind, especially in the first half, and we had a few chances – if we had taken them it might’ve been a totally different outcome. You are going to get these types of games in the winter months when the weather is windy and not very pleasant but we just need to adapt because we are good enough to do that.”
Barr is part of a formidable front four that manager Barry Smith has almost always deployed this term so far, with the winger contributing 4 goals in 15 appearances to date.
“I feel I have contributed, especially going forward. The gaffer has come in and told me to enjoy my football, which I have done. We have got a good squad: I feel myself, Buchs [Liam Buchanan], Spency [Greig Spence] and wee Vaughny [Lewis Vaughan] will always score goals. I know that it is likely they will score more goals than me but hopefully I can chip in with a few while helping them to score their goals also.”
This weekend’s match will be “totally different” according to the 29-year-old:
“We are just going into the match as if it is another game of football; we are purely focused on our own game. On the day, [in the previous match between the sides this season] it was probably one of our best as everything just clicked into place. Saturday won’t be any different – as the gaffer keeps saying, it is all about us. We have a good record at home this season having won all the matches at Stark’s Park so far this term and the objective this weekend is to keep that going.”
Scoring early has been a key feature to Raith’s success in League One this term, but it isn’t the be-all and end-all according to Barr.
“Scoring early is always nice, as it settles you into the match, but we have shown it previously this season in matches such as Stranraer at home where they held us to just before half-time; Forfar made it hard for us too while we didn’t score against Ayr until the second half, so we don’t need to score early as we have shown we can compete against whatever we are up against this season and I don’t see Saturday being any different. I expect a tough game – they are on a good run having won 4 out of their last 6; they have an experienced squad with good players but with us being at home in front of our fans, it can only be an advantage to us. The Raith fans have been brilliant this season, especially when they turn up in numbers to matches such as Stranraer a few weeks ago considering the weather and everything like that. All the boys, the manager, the staff and the whole club are pulling in the same direction – trying to get this club back into the Championship where the fans deserve their club to be and where they want to watch their team play. It is fine saying it, but us players on the park need to go and do the business and that is what we plan to do.”