I’m not going to get too carried away by today’s result in Group D of the Betfred League Cup. This is more or less what should be expected when a club that finished seventh in the Premiership plays a club that finished fourth in League Two. So, let’s take a look at what came out of this match in terms of the future for Ross County.
First, there should have been a clean sheet, and there was. This despite the fact that County started back-up Aaron McCarey in goal and that normal defensive starter Marcus Fraser started on the bench. Starter and captain Andrew Davies was also subbed off after an hour (just after County’s sixth goal). Again, County weren’t playing Barcelona, but it is still good to see that “B” squad of defenders got the job done.
Second, in the midfield it was good to see Ryan Dow so involved in the offense. Of the four possible County goals (one was a PK and one was a Montrose OG) he provided the assist on two of them. This kind of service will be essential to any offensive success County has this year as they will no longer be able to just hoof it up to Boyce and let him take care of the rest of the work.
Third, both Craig Curran and Thomas Mikkelsen hit Montrose for a brace today (the other goal came from Alex Schalk) to continue their torrid for thus far in the preseason/cup. This too- sharing the goal scoring work- will be important in the coming months if County are going to replace Boyce’s goals. A 10-12 goal season from these two with almost as many from Schalk will go a long way towards easing the club’s fears about being able to provide enough fire power to stay in the Premiership for another season.
Finally, a few random notes/thoughts.