Stag­gies must start again

Ste­wart says for­get Gers ham­mer­ing and fo­cus on vi­tal fix­ture

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT -

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

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