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Ross County F.C. 1 – 1 Motherwell F.C.

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Today I’m going to skip about 99% of my traditional match re-cap in favor of taking a small step back and putting the season thus far into perspective.  So, here’s my 1% match re-cap:

  • County dominated the match.
  • Michael Gardyne had the County goal.
  • County gave up an equalizer in the last minute of regulation…
  • …but, as we know, any away point is a good point- even if you should have had three points.

And speaking of that point…

We have to remember that County’s results do not happen in a vacuum.  Today’s point, thanks to the Hamilton’s loss to St. Johnstone, means that County have moved into fourth place in the Scottish Premiership- pipping Dundee F.C. thanks to better goal differential.  Reading the words “fourth place” can understandably cause a supporter to get carried away.  But again, let’s take that step back, because there are, in fact, reasons for cautious optimism.

  • Through seven matches County have only lost to Celtic (2-0, away) and Hearts (2-1, home).
  • This does not appear to be the “streaky” County side we have seen in past Premiership seasons.  They’re just “good.”  Maybe not world-beaters, but barring a spate of injuries to important players there is every reason to believe that the club can bounce between 3rd and 6th place for most of the season.  And who knows, if the season ends with County on the “up” anything is possible.
  • County actually have a chance to solidify their position in the table over the next month.  Sandwiched around a cup match against Falkirk are Patrick Thistle (last place as of today), Dundee (immediately behind County as mentioned), and Caley Thistle (9th place as of today), before facing first place (currently) Aberdeen in Dingwall.
  • Thus far County have averaged 1.57 points per match.  Project that out over the course of the season and that’s roughly 60 points.  Last year 60 points would have been good enough for, you guessed it, 4th place.

So, let’s not go overboard after seven matches (even if we already have 25% of last year’s point total!), but at the same time, let’s not sell this side short.  Form consistent with what we’ve seen so far would put us on track for a space in…

…well, I’m not going to say it yet.

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