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Ross County never lost belief against Dundee United


By Andrew Henderson


Ross Stewart says the belief in the Ross County dressing room is what allowed them to come back and earn a point against Dundee United.

The Staggies struggled to establish a foothold in the game for large periods, and went behind thanks to a first half goal from Pavol Safranko.

But a late charge in a last-ditch effort to get something from the match eventually saw Jamie Lindsay convert to save a point, and maintain County's five-point gap at the top of the Scottish Championship.

Ross Stewart got the assist for Jamie Lindsay's equalising goal against Dundee United last Friday night. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Ross Stewart got the assist for Jamie Lindsay's equalising goal against Dundee United last Friday night. Picture: Ken Macpherson

Stewart says there was always a confidence in the team that they could hit back against United.

“As time goes on doubts can creep in, but there’s a lot of belief in the squad," he insisted.

“The crowd is always going to help, but as players you know that in the last five or 10 minutes you’ve got to make a push.

“I think in terms of how the game panned out, it’s a great point.

"Considering we went behind, Dundee United made it really tough, and I think it just shows the character and the belief in the dressing room to keep going and get the equaliser in the 94th minute.

"We know we’ve got players who can change a game any second, and right at the end it’s a bit of a scramble in the box but it’s fallen to Jamie and he’s done really well to put it away.

"I thought we merited it, and the celebrations at the end shows how important the point was for us.”

Stewart was the man who got the assist for Lindsay, stretching to knock the ball back to the midfielder.

It was a split-second decision that paid off in style, even though it may have gone against the striker's instincts.

“My first instinct was ‘could I get a shot away’, but it was a bit behind me and I saw Jamie there behind me asking for it," Stewart explained.

"I just tried to help it towards him, and it’s sat up perfectly for him.

"He’s still got a lot to do, there are two or three bodies between himself and goal, but he’s found a way to get it in.”

Tomorrow night's home match against Dunfermline will be County's fourth in 10 days.

Ross County did battle with Inverness Caledonian Thistle last Tuesday in one of four games in a 10-day span for the Staggies. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Ross County did battle with Inverness Caledonian Thistle last Tuesday in one of four games in a 10-day span for the Staggies. Picture: Ken Macpherson

The club's co-manager Stuart Kettlewell attributed fatigue from their recent run – in particular last week's Highland derby – to the Staggies' slow start against United on Saturday.

But Stewart has pointed to the depth of the squad as the way they will get through the other side.

“We’re just grinding them out at the minute," he said.

"The fixtures haven’t fallen kindly in terms of how many have come so quickly, but that’s what happens.

"As a squad, we’ve got to prepare in the right way, we’ve got boys who can come in and do a job.

"We’ve got a really big squad with a lot of quality, and this is the reason why.

"When you’re down to the nitty gritty, not everybody is going to be available, and you’ve got to use everybody who is.

"We’re certainly doing that at the minute, and Friday was just another example of that. We’ve got the ability in the squad to go out and play another 11, and it’s an 11 that got a good point.”

Read more in tomorrow's Inverness Courier.



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