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Cowie delighted at return to Ross County first team


By Will Clark


DON Cowie says he has been surprised he has slotted straight back into the Ross County first team after being out for nine months through a knee injury.

Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness.
Celtic(3) v Ross County(0). 26.01.20.
Celtic's Olivier Ntcham squeezes the ball between Ross County's Don Cowie and Iain Vigurs.
Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Celtic(3) v Ross County(0). 26.01.20. Celtic's Olivier Ntcham squeezes the ball between Ross County's Don Cowie and Iain Vigurs.

But he says he would prefer Ross County found their winning formula again as the Staggies went seven league games without a win after the 3–1 defeat at Kilmarnock.

The 36-year-old midfielder has impressed after coming straight back into the first team and played against Rangers, Celtic and Kilmarnock in the space of seven days.

But with Ross County only four points off bottom in eighth, Cowie says the priority for the club is to get points on the board again, starting against Livingston tomorrow night.

Speaking about returning to the squad after being injured since April, he said: “It is not something I expected,

“Three starts in a week after being out for nine months.

“But I would swap that for three points any day.”

Cowie was disappointed Ross County threw away their lead at Rugby Park to lose the game.

He felt they should have had more than enough to hold on to their lead before Kilmarnock stormed back.

“Every game is key, we wanted to win on the back of two tough games against the Old Firm” he said.

Referring to the matches against Celtic and Rangers he said: “We acquitted ourselves well against them and we lost the two games.”

But going back to the Kilmarnock match he said: “We felt we had more than enough to win. When you’re 1–0 up at half-time you want to get the three points.”

Cowie was aggrieved with the penalty they conceded which put Kilmarnock in front.

Coll Donaldson was adjudged to have fouled Chris Burke in the box, although television highlights suggested no contact was made.

Cowie believed that the referee made the wrong decision.

He said: “I was right beside it and I didn’t think it was a penalty.

“You’ve got to know it is a penalty and at no stage did I think it was a penalty.

“We feel hard done by.”

Cowie also believed that the referee shouldn’t have had to make a decision about the penalty, claiming that Burke was offside in the lead-up to the incident.

He said: “They get a penalty which shouldn’t have happened. Burke is a yard offside it should never have got to that point.

“It is a dubious penalty, but it was no excuse, we needed to respond better and we didn’t do that.”



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