Brian Graham’s impact is vital to Ross County, says co-manager Stuart Kettlewell
STUART Kettlewell praised the impact Brian Graham is having in matches after salvaging a point for Ross County at Hamilton.
With three minutes to go the striker scored his third goal of the season to rescued a point for the Staggies in the 2-2 draw.
Co-manager Kettlewell says while Graham is disappointed not to be starting matches, he praised his professionalism on the pitch.
“Brian will be disappointed not to start but you see the impact he has on the pitch,” he said.
“We had that good chance right at the death and Brian has been involved in all these things.
“We know that he has that impact.
“His disappointment comes in not starting the game.
“But you see what his attitude is like and the influence he has when playing.”
The 2–2 draw at Hamilton followed up a 4–0 home defeat at Rangers last week.
But Ross County have only lost four matches this season, three against Rangers, Celtic and Aberdeen along with a 4–1 home defeat to Livingston.
Kettlewell says while taking big defeats against the Old Firm, he is aware results against teams based in the bottom six are the ones which will influence their season.
“We spoke after the Rangers game to pick ourselves up.
“That is our battle and sometimes you have to look at the top end of the table and the extra points you pick up there are a bonus.
“We have to realise our position and where we are in the food chain.
“That is not to be defeatist.
“But the players are aware of it and something we used going into games.”
Despite rescuing a point, Kettlewell was not happy with the team’s second half performance.
“We found it difficult to speak to players after that.
“The disappointment was at half time to the equalising goal we felt like we didn’t play at all.
“Credit goes to Hamilton, you can see how committed they were to get back into the game and it was effective.
“It is a bitter sweet one for us.”