Staggies must start again
Stewart says forget Gers hammering and focus on vital fixture
Ross Stewart is looking to shake off the frustration of losing heavily to Rangers by winning a more important game this weekend.
The Staggies striker, with eight goals to his name this season, is determined to recapture winning ways in a match he feels will have far more bearing on County’s status this season.
Stewart was gutted by the manner of defeat to the Ibrox club as the Light Blues kept pace with Celtic in the title race.
But he knows rather than big Old Firm tests, it will be the big swing matches like today’s at New Douglas Park that will shape the fortunes of the so-called lesser lights.
The talented 23-year-old said: “It was disappointing against Rangers.
“We obviously had a gameplan as to how we wanted the game to go and it never materialised.
“We’ve now got to put it to one side and concentrate on another huge game against Hamilton Accies.
“Obviously, the matches against the Old Firm, home and away, are big for the club with the atmosphere and occasion.
“But we know every game is crucial in this league and you could say ones like Hamilton are even bigger, given their significance for placings further down the table.
“The games are coming thick and fast, so we can’t dwell on Wednesday night too much. We just need to look forward now.
“We will try to learn from it, look at where we went wrong, but ultimately we will be judged on how we respond.
“The best response is to get back out there, turn in a good performance and hopefully win the match this weekend.
“In the cold light of day, we’ve made a decent start to the season and picked up a decent amount of points so far. Hopefully, we can build on it now.”
Last time out against Accies, County were emphatic 3-0 winners in Dingwall, with the opening day buzz inspiring the hosts in a fine all-around performance.
Stewart netted the killer third goal before the hour, settling the outcome after first-half strikes from Joe Chalmers and Billy Mckay.
The big striker, though, knows it could be a very different kind of match away from home and on Accies’ artificial surface.
He said: “Looking back, when we played them up here it was a really positive day for us. It was our return to the Premiership, the place was buzzing and we turned in a strong performance to win the game comfortably.
“Hopefully we can replicate what we did that day in causing them lots of problems. We got three goals that day and I was able to chip in with one, so hopefully it will be more of the same.
“Playing on their astroturf pitch means it will probably be a different type of game so we need to adapt well down there.”
OUTCLASSED: Marcus Fraser challenges Joe Aribo in Ross County’s heavy Premiership defeat to Rangers in Dingwall on Wednesday night