Things did not go as well as they could have for Ross County on their visit to Fir Park yesterday, but as I often say, a point on the road is nothing to be disappointed by. In this case it proved especially important as it both moved County off the bottom of the Scottish Premiership table (with St. Mirren sure to remain there after they
lose to play Celtic today) and it kept them within two points of Motherwell and safety from relegation. County could really benefit from a few “results” in a row to push them up the table a bit, but over the next month or so they will face three of the top five clubs in the league, so maintaining their position over that spell is probably all that can be hoped for at this point.
The other big story of the day was young Tony Dingwall, the young local lad who is still listed as a “developmental” player on the club’s own website. Still, despite this minor slight, it appears that he is going to get his chance at the big time under new manager Jim McIntyre. To this point in the season the 20 year old midfielder has only appeared in five or six matches and during which he has impressed many with both his industry and his ability. Yesterday the two traits combined to produce the match of his (young) career to this point and a match that may make it difficult for Jim McIntyre to do anything but keep him in the starting eleven going forward. Watch for yourself.
So, that would be a goal in injury time of both halves, including one to earn County the away point with only seconds remaining in the match- “90+3” if you’re keeping time. Before I continue, where was Steven Saunders on the John Sutton goal and what was he doing that was more important that KEEPING HIS HEAD IN THE GAME!?* Pardon me. I would like to suggest going forward that Tony Dingwall be dubbed the “Bandy-Legged Assassin.”
Finally, I know I said I was happy with the point, but County really could have one this if a few bounces had gone their way- Michael Gardyne was unlucky to score on two occasions (perhaps once due to a Keith Lasley handball!), Jake Jervis should have had one for himself, and Paul Quinn…dearie me, how do you miss that. Shades of Chris Iwelumo against Norway…
Oh well, next up is Hamilton Academical.
*I might also ask the same thing about his involvement in Henrik Ojamaa goal when he first failed to win the ball in the air from the much smaller Estonian and then let him scamper through and onto goal. Also, Saunders runs like a newborn deer- and that’s not a compliment. Get well, Ben Frempah!!