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Ross County goal hero looking up not down after massive victory over Livingston as they prepare to face St Mirren

By Alasdair Fraser

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Ross County's Eamonn Brophy celebrates his second goal with Loick Ayina.
Ross County's Eamonn Brophy celebrates his second goal with Loick Ayina.

EAMONN Brophy believes Saturday’s long-awaited victory over Livingston can be the launchpad for a Ross County revival.

After 12 winless matches, Josh Sims’ 92nd minute clincher had the Staggies’ dressing room celebrating a three-point haul for the first time since early December.

Earlier in the match, a Brophy double – his first goals since late October – had created a lead that was eventually pegged back by Bruce Anderson’s double, before Sims’ moment of joy.

With four of their next five games now at home, Brophy feels the winning sensation savoured on Saturday can be transformative in the campaign.

“We’ve stretched the gap on Livingston, which is great, but we need to try and look above us now,” the 27-year-old former Scotland, Kilmarnock and St Mirren striker said.

“We’re only two points behind St Johnstone (with a game in hand). It is going to go right down to the wire, there’s no doubt about it, but we needed that first win.

“Sometimes when it finally comes, you can go on a roll – and that’s what we need to do.

“When you haven’t won in a while, it can be difficult to get that first win across the line. That’s us off that bad run now and we need to build on it, albeit in what will be a tough one against my former club. There’s no point in winning one game of football and thinking we’ve arrived.

“We have to look up the table because we’re still right in the mix for relegation.”

County manager Don Cowie made a bold statement at the weekend, fielding three strikers in Brophy, Jordan White and Simon Murray, who provided two assists.

Brophy also highlighted how much the players were enjoying working with interim manager Don Cowie.

“All of the boys know him well and he knows the squad very well,” he stressed. “We all respect him, massively.

“We’re delighted he is the man taking us forward and we’re together – that’s the most important thing.”

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