Here’s the thing: Despite what the scoreline might indicate, County bossed this match. I’m going to try to convince you, just watch the highlights below- how close did County come to scoring two, maybe three more goals? Maybe one shouldn’t draw too many conclusions from a single match, but it seems to me that County are a much different- and much better- side when they start attacking from the opening whistle and don’t let up. That’s what they did yesterday and Motherwell were playing to “catch up” for the entire 90 minutes. I can only hope that McIntyre and Dodds et al. will continue with this approach for the remainder of the season. There is, after all, little to be gained from playing conservatively. As several Ross County supporters have pointed out on the message boards, it may not seem like it, but a win and a loss are actually better than two draws- a whole point better!
Whatever you want to call yesterday- a “six pointer,” a “must win,” etc.- the fact is that County came through when it mattered and perhaps more importantly, they did it as a team. The raging debate since the final whistle yesterday has been, “Who deserved ‘Man of the Match?'” Was it Liam Boyd, who worked his socks off. Was it Raffa De Vita, who had a goal and an assist in his debut for County? Was it old friend Midge Gardyne who seemed to be everywhere, all the time, and always doing the right thing? It could have been any one of them, or any of another two or three players.
Make no mistake, County are still in last place, but now trail both 11th place Motherwell and 10th place St. Mirren by three points, have a better goal differential than Motherwell, and a match in hand over St. Mirren. Furthermore, of the eight matches left before the “split,” County only have two in which they may be overmatched- Hamilton Academical (I’LL BE THERE!!) and Dundee United. The rest are against clubs that they can take points from and if things go well there is a chance that they will spend their post-split matches defending a safe position rather than still trying to make up ground in the table. Let’s hope so!
Now, as promised, the highlights-