Brittain slams Ross County after League Cup opener
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Ross County assistant manager Richie Brittain says a few home truths were said in the dressing room after the club’s shootout victory against Montrose on Wednesday night.
The Staggies picked up the extra point, but it very much felt like a defeat after seeing a three-goal lead wiped out as their hosts at Links Park forced the tie into penalties.
Although the night ended on a positive note as Martin Rennie’s spot-kick crashed off the crossbar to give County the win, Brittain was adamant that did not outweigh the disappointment of seeing their advantage wiped out.
“It should never have gotten to penalties,” Brittain, in the dugout with Stuart Kettlewell suspended, said.
“At three goals up away from home, we should have been able to see the game out.
“Credit to Montrose, they made it a fight and got themselves back into it with three goals to peg us back.
“I’m bitterly disappointed with the outcome.
“We told the players a few home truths after the game to be honest. It’s not going to be accepted, by the manager, the coaching staff or the football club to come to these venues and do that.”
Montrose were decent value for the draw, hitting the woodwork twice in the first half and drastically turning the momentum around in their favour after getting their first goal back.
So Brittain was making no excuses for the outcome knowing that County will need to improve ahead of their next match against Arbroath on Tuesday night.
“We’ve trained hard, we’ve had 10 Premiership games up to this point, so there’s no excuse for people lacking fitness,” he said.
“We know what personalities we’ve got in the dressing room. It hasn’t told us anything about the squad that we don’t already know.
“We’ll learn from the performance and take heed of what happened going into our next game against Arbroath.”