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Ross County are building momentum as Vigurs looks ahead to hosting Kilmarnock in Premiership


By Andrew Henderson

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Iain Vigurs says confidence is high right now at Ross County, but they are not getting carried away ahead of facing Kilmarnock tonight.

The Staggies have taken the maximum six points from their first two Premiership games of the season, winning 1–0 at home to Motherwell and away at Hamilton.

County return to Dingwall tonight to take on Kilmarnock, who picked up a point of their own against Celtic on Sunday.

So out of the two, it is Stuart Kettlewell's men who are the form side, but Vigurs is not taking anything for granted ahead of kick off.

"We haven’t won anything or done anything, it has just been two very good assured performances and two clean sheets, so we just need to keep that going into the Kilmarnock game," the County captain insisted.

“We had a good start last season, we then had Livingston come to visit us and we got trounced in that game.

Iain Vigurs is conscious that County need to keep working hard to maintain their good start. Pictures: Ken Macpherson
Iain Vigurs is conscious that County need to keep working hard to maintain their good start. Pictures: Ken Macpherson

“This season has been a lot more solid, with two clean sheets. There’s a good unity between the group this season.

“It could have been a lot more on Saturday. We probably didn’t play at our best, but we still came away with a win at a really hard venue on the astro which we have struggled on in the last couple of seasons.

“Confidence is really high at the moment, but we need to keep it going against Killie who are well drilled and a good side."

Kilmarnock will be no pushovers, despite only having one point so far this season, and they showed as much against Celtic.

At Rugby Park, Killie were tough to break down and were well worth the draw.

Vigurs is hoping that in a match where they will fancy their chances of winning that bit more, tonight's visitors will try and attack – and in turn leave gaps for County to exploit.

“We’ve seen videos on Killie, they’re a strong unit and play a very solid game in that they defend well and don’t let any balls through the middle," Vigurs explained.

“Hopefully they’ll come out a little bit more against us and that can offer a little more space between their defenders and midfielders.

“We know it is going to be a tough game. We need to be at it.

“We’re also looking at ourselves. With the confidence we have, we believe it we play to our max, we’ll give every team in the league a game.

“We want to be able to showcase that against Killie.”

County players celebrate at Hamilton after the only goal of the game from Staggies striker Billy McKay.
County players celebrate at Hamilton after the only goal of the game from Staggies striker Billy McKay.

The Staggies dominated the ball against Hamilton, earning 61 per cent of possession at New Douglas Park.

Repeating that would go a long way to ensuring another good result tonight, with the likes of Ross Stewart and Billy Mckay already showing form in front of goal.

"If you have control of the ball, you have a lot more control of the game," Vigurs added.

"That doesn't necessarily mean you'll win the game, but as we could see at the weekend we didn't play our best but we were in control of the game and created some good chances.

"That's what we're there for, and in the two games that we have had, we've provided some really good chances for the strikers.

"We maybe haven't scored as many as we should have in those game,s but at the end of the day all we're looking for is three points, that's the most important thing.

"When you have the likes of Billy and big Ross Stewart up there, you know that they're going to score one of them, so it's a confidence booster."

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