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Every game massive in Ross County's Premiership run-in, says captain Fraser

By Andrew Henderson

Marcus Fraser believes every game Ross County play between now and the end of the season will be massive.

The Staggies have eight matches left before the campaign wraps up for the summer, and with all of those games coming against teams in and around them in the Premiership table it is a crucial spell coming up.

County at least have their fate in their own hands, sitting 10th in the league with six points between them and Hearts at the foot of the table.

Marcus Fraser (left) says Ross County's players are looking forward to the Premiership run-in. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Marcus Fraser (left) says Ross County's players are looking forward to the Premiership run-in. Picture: Ken Macpherson

A win this afternoon would extend the gap to Hamilton to five points, so club captain Fraser says they need to go all out for victory.

"It's something that us as players really look forward to," he insisted.

"We know what our run-in is going to be, we've got three games before the split, they're all massive games. Every game, starting from Saturday, is no different, so we need to go in with a positive frame of mind and attack it.

"It's so tight, every game is a six-pointer when you're playing teams around you. We just need to find a way to win, which we're hoping to do.

"Even if we do win there's still a long way to go, and we need to pick up another few wins between now and the end of the season. If we do that, we'll see where we are, but I'm sure we'll be in a positive position."

Points will definitely be the priority over performances in the next few weeks, since it will not matter one bit if County get the results they need to stay up by winning ugly.

Fraser knows first-hand how important momentum can be at this time of the year, having been part of the squad that went on a strong run of form to secure their top flight status soon after signing in 2015.

That year, the Staggies won 10 of their last 14 matches with two draws, and a repeat run this year would not go amiss regardless of how it comes.

"If you get a couple of results, then it can take off," Fraser explained.

"This season we've had a couple of good results, and then a few setbacks, but I think we have responded pretty well.

"Obviously to lose the game in the manner we did last week, it was disappointing, but if you can bounce back and get a positive result on Saturday then in the games coming up you're in a positive frame of mind, and hopefully it can just roll on from that.

"I think we've done it both ways this season – we've played some nice football, and not too long ago against Livingston up here it was a complete battle which we managed to come out on top of.

"You need to find a mixture, whatever team is in front of you and whatever way you can win the game, I think you need to go and do that.

"It needs to come from us on the pitch, it doesn't always come with how you set up at the start of the game and tactics, it can come from the men on the pitch finding a way to win."

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