Thomson expects reaction as Raith prepare to host Hearts in BetFred Cup

Raith Rovers shot-stopper Robbie Thomson is focused on getting a positive result against Heart of Midlothian this weekend as the Kirkcaldy side host the Capital club at Locality Hub Bayview Stadium, live in front of the BT Sport cameras.

The 25-year old is relishing the chance to help Raith record their first victory of the competitive season over Craig Levein’s Premiership side.

“I’m really looking forward to the game; we know it is going to be hard, we are under no illusions. It is going to be a good test of us, but, we have done a lot of good work on the training pitch this week. After the disappointing result last Saturday, we need to make sure we go and get a good result for ourselves in this one.”

After a 2-0 defeat to Fife rivals Cowdenbeath last weekend, the former Blue Brazil keeper hopes the Kirkcaldy club can put things right against the Jambos.

“When you come up against a team from a lower division, you have to be going and beating them. We were all bitterly disappointed, but, the good thing about football is that there’s always another game right round the corner: that is the beauty of this sport, you always have a chance to redeem yourself and we need to make sure come 5pm on Saturday we have some points on the table. We know we have good players and when you have a good squad, you are always confident going into any match. We all believe in each other and trust one-another; we have been well-drilled by the manager – it is up to us now to go out there and stick to the game-plan.

The league is what we want [to win] this season but to get a cup run is always enjoyable. We want to be successful this season, no matter what competition we are in. We will go into Saturday giving it everything we have got and doing everything we can to ensure we come away with something at the end of the match. We know it is going to be tough but we will be going out there to try beat them.”

The keeper, who signed for the Rovers this summer, was disappointed to begin his spell at Stark’s Park with a loss.

“For me, I want to win every single time I step out onto the field. We know it isn’t going to go our way every week: after disappointing results, it is about how you bounce back and react. We have done a lot of good work this week on the training pitch, which is the first thing we had to do. Then it is about performing well and delivering when it really matters, so, from our perspective, we just need to get a good performance under our belts and see where it takes us. We were all in good spirits going into the Cowdenbeath match, but, it was just one of those afternoons where nothing went for us, which was disappointing, after doing so well in pre-season. That’s done now and we need to move on to the Hearts match.

Right from the beginning of the week, we have got our heads down and fully focused on the task in hand this weekend. We have a game-plan which is set-in-stone and everyone knows what they need to do. I have settled into the squad and club great; the boys are all fantastic and I just want to be apart of a successful team this campaign. By doing that, we need to go deliver on the pitch and we need to start from Saturday.”

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