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Clean sheet more pleasing than finding net for Ross County goal hero


By Andrew Henderson

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There was double delight for Alex Iacovitti against Dundee United at the weekend, as he found the net as well as keeping a clean sheet at Tannadice.

Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Dundee Utd(0) v Ross County(2). 01.05.21. Ross County's Alex Iacovitti perfectly side-foots the 2nd goal past Dundee Utd 'keeper Deniz Mehmet.
Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Dundee Utd(0) v Ross County(2). 01.05.21. Ross County's Alex Iacovitti perfectly side-foots the 2nd goal past Dundee Utd 'keeper Deniz Mehmet.

Jordan White had given Ross County the lead, heading in after a well-worked move between Michael Gardyne and Blair Spittal.

Four minutes later, Iacovitti scored what would turn out to be the final goal in the game, tapping in at the back post after Jason Naismith’s flick on from Spittal’s corner.

The importance of those three points cannot be underestimated after seeing relegation rivals Hamilton and Kilmarnock’s results.

For Iacovitti, though, the most important aspect of the match was not his fourth goal of the campaign – it was keeping United at bay.

Since taking charge in December, John Hughes has only seen his side shut out their opponents three times.

With two games left to win their fight against relegation, now is as good a time as any to start improving that record though, and so Iacovitti was pleased to keep out a Dundee United side that was unchanged from their potent Scottish Cup win over Aberdeen.

“We needed that big time and I am delighted with the clean sheet,” the central defender enthused.

“We haven’t had one of them in a long time, so it was a great shift.

“We have struggled to keep the ball out of our net for whatever reason, but we have been working hard on it in training so I am delighted.

“For whatever reason, a few mistakes and penalties and certain other things have stopped us getting a few more over the last few months.

“We can’t look at the past and we need to keep moving forward. We have to target three clean sheets in our final games, but we take it one game at a time and we move from there.”

On having another 10-day gap before the next match, Iacovitti added: “It can be a positive as well because we can work on things in training – so it could be a good thing.”


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