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Ross County's fast starts will make other Scottish Premiership teams scared of visiting Dingwall, says Staggies defender Ryan Leak


By Alasdair Fraser

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Ryan Leak wants to make Ross County’s flying starts a trait teams dread when venturing north to Dingwall.

In three matches since Derek Adams took charge, the Staggies have stampeded forward from the first whistle, immediately placing opponents on the back foot.

Ross County’s Ryan Leak in combative mode against Kilmarnock stopper Will Dennis last month. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Ross County’s Ryan Leak in combative mode against Kilmarnock stopper Will Dennis last month. Picture: Ken Macpherson

The ploy paid off handsomely on Tuesday night as Motherwell conceded a corner and Simon Murray netted a second minute header from it in a 3-0 triumph for the Staggies.

Making Victoria Park an intimidating proposition for visiting teams can be crucial, the Welshman feels.

Leak, signed from Salford City in the summer, said: “We look really front-footed under the new manager and we’re taking games to the opposition.

“We want to carry that on. We get at teams from the first seconds of matches. It’s definitely something the manager has drilled into us.

“We want to make our mark from the first minute, especially here at home. We want to make it uncomfortable for teams coming here from the get-go. We can do that by putting teams under pressure and we’ve seen how effective that can be.”

The big central defender has looked exceptionally comfortable alongside Jack Baldwin and Will Nightingale in County’s back three, but he puts the three clean sheets in the last three outings down to a team effort.

“As a team performance, Tuesday was really good and we were pleased to get the clean sheet again,” the 25-year-old said.

“That comes from all of us working hard for each other, from the top end of the park to the bottom.

“You can see the team spirit. As a performance, Tuesday was right up there with our best. We have a great group of players with a good connection between us all.

“We can see that now in what we’re producing on the pitch, but there’s a long way to go. We’re only really getting started under the new manager and there are so many games ahead.”


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