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Ross County loanee Hungbo adamant change in fortunes is just around the corner for Staggies in Premiership

By Alasdair Fraser

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Joseph Hungbo is adamant Ross County’s belief in the good they can achieve this season remains unwavering after repeated setbacks.

Saturday’s result against Livingston, a second consecutive 3–2 home defeat, masked much promise in the Staggies’ attacking play.

They dominated the first half hour, led through a brilliant Harry Clarke finish, but failed to double the lead when Jordan White’s penalty kick was saved.

Self-destructiveness struck again as the team’s wait for a Premiership win stretched to 10 matches.

Joseph Hungbo, here escaping Livingston’s Sean Kelly, retains faith in County’s prospects. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Joseph Hungbo, here escaping Livingston’s Sean Kelly, retains faith in County’s prospects. Picture: Ken Macpherson

Pressure is already building on manager Malky Mackay’s shoulders. A victory at Dundee’s Dens Park tomorrow evening would slash the deficit on the Dark Blues to one point. Defeat would open a chasm of seven points at the foot of the table.

“It’s all about keeping the faith – players, management, club – 100 per cent,” 21-year-old Hungbo, who exemplified the best of County’s attacking play, stressed.

“We’re performing fantastically well every week apart from that final bit – getting the vital goal and learning how to protect ourselves and work as a team for the full 90 minutes. If we keep on with this momentum of performance, we’ll definitely get to where we want to be.

“Confidence is really important and I definitely feel like you can sense it from your teammates. We’re a strong bunch of lads mentally and we won’t let experiences like Livingston grind us down.

“We have so much to work towards in our careers, in our lives and something like this at Ross County can be the start of something amazing.

“All we have to do is keep on going, keep on striving and we’ll get there.”

Londoner Hungbo knows cutting out mistakes is key, adding: “Where do I start? We’ve done so well throughout the game and then to get back into the game. We were dominant through most of the match, but had lapses of concentration that cost us dearly. We have to put it right at Dundee.”

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