Next three matches are most important of County's season
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Ross County defender Kenny van der Weg thinks the next week is the most important of the season.
This afternoon the Staggies travel to Alloa Athletic, looking to consolidate their place at the top of the Scottish Championship.
A short trip to Highland rivals Inverness Caledonian Thistle follows on Tuesday evening, before a crunch match against title rivals Dundee United back in Dingwall next weekend.
So van der Weg wants to get the crucial week off to a winning start at Recreation Park.
"All the games are important now," he insisted.
"I think it will be difficult away on Saturday, we need to play from the start and not from half time like we have done a couple of times now.
"It looks like we always need something to happen to show our quality, but we need to do it from the start and make it easier for ourselves.
"I think it is a good opportunity to get three points."
Dundee United have won twice since Ross County last played in the league, cutting the margin at the top of the table down to just two points – although the Staggies do now have two games in hand.
Every match comes with a high pressure situation at this stage of the season, but the Dutchman maintains that County are still confident of getting over the line as champions.
"We need to do it today first, then we have Inverness away and then Dundee United at home," van der Weg added.
"It's a very important week.
"I think we are calm. They won their games, but we still need to play them.
"It depends what we do, you put pressure on yourself if you lose. You can always lose, but we need to get the points against Alloa."
The 28-year-old rejoined the Dingwall outfit for a second spell in January, and has been ever-present in the team since.
Nine wins in those 13 matches have been a big confidence boost for van der Weg, and he says he is not alone in enjoying the ride.
"I've played most of the games and we played well," he recalled.
"Since I've been here we've only lost twice, and that's good.
"I think there is good confidence in me and in the group as well.
"It gives us confidence that when we go 1-0 down we have the ability to come through.
"We did that a couple of times, and even Dundee United away, we had a couple of chances to get a draw. It was unlucky, but I think we have so much quality in this group."
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