Manager post Raith Rovers

A scoreline that meant a Scottish Cup knock out was just what Dunfermline deserved.

Listen to this James McPake interview

James McPake gave his thoughts after the 3-0 defeat at home to Raith Rovers:-

“I think the scoreline reflects exactly what we deserved out the game. Raith were the better team on the night. I’ve been the one whose maybe stood here a couple of times, here and at Stark’s Park, and said we didn’t get out the game what we probably deserved, but certainly tonight we got exactly what we deserved.”

Did you struggle to come terms with the formation they played quick enough?

“The performance wasn’t great but credit to them. Look, they came, they changed their formation, whether that was due to injury or what they’ve seen against us, and I can’t stand here and say it didn’t work, because it did. It gives us something to go and look at, but that’s why myself, Dave, the rest of the coaching staff, that’s on us as much as anybody, when you see a team come and play a different formation.

“I wouldn’t say it spooked us, because Inverness played with the back three, and it was slightly different, the way Inverness did it than Raith, so I think credit has to go to Raith for that. As a coaching staff, we should’ve identified it. We should’ve got it better. The change of shape was maybe too late. By that point, we were a goal down, and we had dropped Joe (Chalmers) back in.

“There’s lots. I’ll need to watch it back and analyse that but, again, it’s goals you concede, and I just thought we were sloppy in terms of our use of the ball all over the pitch all night. It’s a mixture of both, but I think a lot of credit has to go to Raith for the way they came and did play, particularly with changing that, because it’s not easy to go into a back three against a team that it normally does work pretty well for. Credit to them for that.”

Second goal crucial, just when you seemed to be coming back into it?

“For as much as I don’t think we were great, or competing at all in the game, in terms of asking their goalkeeper to make too many crucial saves early in the first half, or the first half in general, we were probably happy to get in at 1-0 at half-time.

“They had the other one, I think it’s Easton, hits the post, puts it by the post, but they had another couple of chances where you think right, get in, regroup, get the changes on, and I think if we get the next goal we’ve got a chance here.

“Again, the second goal’s always crucial. It gave them the wee cushion and, again, until I see the game back, it’s tough to comment. But the better team won on the night and that’s disappointing really.”

Match Report: 24/11/23 Dunfermline 0 Raith Rovers 3

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