A FAILURE to to put pressure on Rangers in a lacklustre first half led to a third defeat on the bounce for the Staggies.
Reacting to his side’s performance, County boss Jim McIntyre said: “We were far better in the second half and we had to be. We didn’t pressurise Rangers anywhere near the way we planned and we were very guilty of giving the ball away – that allowed Rangers to dominate the game
Thomas Mikkelsen came on for Jamie Lindsay to partner Craig Curran in attack after half an hour and McIntyre said both subs – Mikkelsen and Davis Keillor-Dunn – made an impact.
“That’s what you’re looking for when you make changes,” he said. “Davis is a very talented kid and he’s got a bright future if he continues to listen and learn.
“He will get better and better the more game time he gets. He has the ability to leave his man for dead, which all wide players need to have.
“It’s all about putting the finishing touches to his game and learning the defensive side when we don’t have the ball. That’s the area he has to work on the most, but we are really pleased with him.
“He showed great confidence against Rangers to take a free-kick, which is a great indicator that he’s not fazed by the game he’s playing in.”
Striker Craig Curran showed that he can create chances as well as score on Sunday.
McIntyre said: “Craig was one of the pick of the bunch against Rangers. He lacked support in the first half, which was clear to see, but he kept battling away and produced a moment of real quality for Thomas Mikkelsen to score.
“It was a great ball into the box. Craig worked extremely hard for the team, which he always does. He’s scored two league goals this season and that assist, so we want him to keep going in that fashion.”
Asked whether he thought three points from four league games was a just reward from the way the team had played so far, McIntyre said: “We should be better off in terms of our points but we have to put our chances in the back of the net. It’s as simple as that.
“We also have to defend better. Although Foxy’s mistake has been well highlighted, we had two crosses into our box against Rangers where we let their striker get away from us.
“There has been a lot of good stuff so far but it is about winning games and we are fully aware of that.
“We have Partick next which will be another really tough match, but we’ll be at home and we want to get back to winning ways.”
Greg Morrison is leaving the club on a development loan to Dumbarton until January.