Er­win de­ter­mined to stay fit and fir­ing once again

Evening Times - - SPORT - ALAS­DAIR FRASER

LEE ER­WIN en­dured months of dis­com­fort dur­ing a deeply un­happy spell with Trac­tor Sazi in Iran last year.

He then came through another deeply frus­trat­ing 12 weeks on the side­lines at Ross County af­ter in­jur­ing his an­kle.

Af­ter those long and weary ex­pe­ri­ences, two min­utes of stop­page time were hardly go­ing to faze the 25-year-old.

The former Mother­well and Leeds United striker re­mained the calmest in­di­vid­ual within the Global En­ergy Sta­dium as his last-gasp strike rat­tled off the cross­bar and looked to have crossed the line. While ev­ery­one else froze, Er­win (inset) re­acted swiftly to side-foot home the re­bound and se­cure backto-back wins for Ross County, as well as his first club goal.

He ad­mit­ted: “It feels very sat­is­fy­ing. You can’t beat a last-minute win­ner. “I think we de­served the three points, es­pe­cially on our sec­ond-half per­for­mance when we were pres­suris­ing them a lot.

“Luck­ily for me and for the team my shot went in. I had two pre­vi­ous chances and just needed to keep chip­ping away. It’s an im­por­tant goal for me. It has been a slow start and it’s nice to score, but the main thing is Ross County se­cur­ing back-to-back wins.

“There’s good com­pe­ti­tion for places in my po­si­tion and that drives you on. We are all scor­ing goals which is ben­e­fi­cial to the team. You’ve just got to keep work­ing hard and take your chance when it comes.”

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