Stag­gies aim to bounce back in cup show­down

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Health -

ROSS Cou nt y de­fender Keith Wat­son has called for a strong re­ac­tion to the Stag­gies’ 4-0 de­feat to Queen of the South which he de­scribed as the Ding­wall side’s low­est point of the sea­son.

The 10-man Stag­gies suf­fered their heav­i­est de­feat of the cam­paign at Palmer­ston, hav­ing only gone down by the odd goal in each of their three pre­vi­ous league de­feats.

Hav­ing lost to Mor­ton in their pre­vi­ous game, Wat­son in­sists the Ding­wall men must heed the warn­ing signs from their heavy loss at Dum­fries.

Wat­son said: “It’s re­ally dis­ap­point­ing – I don’t think we were any­where near good enough.

“I look at my­self and I thought I was poor – it was prob­a­bly the poor­est I have played in a County shirt. “It needs to be bet­ter. “We’re com­ing to the busi­ness end of the league, it’s two de­feats on the trot and we know we need to up our game if we want to stay up there.

“We need to take this as a mas­sive wake-up call. It is prob­a­bly the low­est the boys have been.

“We were not get­ting near them and it could have been more – Scott Fox has pro­duced a few great saves as well.

“We know it needs to be so much bet­ter than that.”

County re­main three points clear at the top of the Cham­pi­onship, due to Ayr United’s 1-0 de­feat to In­ver­ness but the Stag­gies’ fo­cus switches to Scot­tish Cup ac­tion when they travel to Mother­well on Satur­day.

Wat­son added: “We’ve got a dif­fi­cult cup-tie this week­end so we need to put on a good show.

“We feel we are ca­pa­ble of beat­ing any team but it needs to be a lot bet­ter.”

Dundee United boss Rob­bie Neil­son.

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