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Pressure of European chase no issue for Ross County midfielder David Cancola ahead of Motherwell clash


By Andrew Henderson

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David Cancola says he will thrive under the pressure Ross County face in their final three Premiership matches of the season.

The Staggies currently occupy a European spot, but take on the side one point and one place behind them in the table, Motherwell, at home tomorrow.

Win, and County have one foot in continental competition next season. Lose, and they must rely on favours elsewhere next week.

David Cancola returned to the Ross County starting line-up last week against Hearts. Picture: Ken Macpherson
David Cancola returned to the Ross County starting line-up last week against Hearts. Picture: Ken Macpherson

Cancola, though, is adamant he will not buckle under the pressure, insisting that moments like these are when he is at his best.

“It’s a great situation to come back into,” the 25-year-old said.

“You can feel it at the club, there’s a buzz and it’s a really positive atmosphere. That’s all I can wish for, it’s even better to come back in an atmosphere like this.

“Throughout my career these moments have always been when I play my best, and what I enjoy the most. That’s what we all train for our whole lives, that’s what we prepare each other for.

“It’s nice when you’re in those moments to really enjoy them, and that’s when you play your best.”

The last time Motherwell visited Dingwall, Cancola was forced off inside half an hour with an injury that kept him out of the starting line-up until last weekend’s match against Hearts.

Having also spent time on the sidelines in the first half of the season, he is hoping to put what has at times been a frustrating campaign in the past.

“It’s no secret that I was out with a couple of injuries – I’m not used to that and I didn’t like it,” he said.

“I’m not going to lie, it has been quite a frustrating season for me on a personal level.

“When I started really getting rolling and getting up to the way I want to play, I was out with an injury. It was tough, but that’s behind me, and now I’m just looking forward to what’s coming.”


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