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Grivosti happy to plug gaps for Ross County in Premiership


By Andrew Henderson


Tom Grivosti says he is happy to play wherever the Ross County co-managers want to put him after featuring in midfield and defence in recent weeks.

The 20-year-old Liverpudlian first moved into midfield in the absence of holding-midfielder Ross Draper away at Aberdeen at the end of August, before reprising the role at Fir Park in the 2-1 win against Motherwell two weeks ago.

Tom Grivosti (right) took over Ross Draper's role in holding midfield after Draper was sidelined with an injury. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Tom Grivosti (right) took over Ross Draper's role in holding midfield after Draper was sidelined with an injury. Picture: Ken Macpherson

But with injuries to Callum Morris and Liam Fontaine ruling both men out of last weekend's draw against Kilmarnock, Grivosti found himself returning to the backline alongside Keith Watson.

The switch up the park was not totally alien to Grivosti, who played in midfield at youth level, but it was still quite a big adjustment for him to make.

“With Drapes being out, me and a couple of others have stepped in as holding midfielder to fill that gap, especially away from home when we want to be harder to beat," he said.

“The managers have told me what to do and I’ve just done my best. It is a huge call from them to play me, a young centre half, in midfield away to Aberdeen and Motherwell.

"People think it is just 10 yards up the pitch, and there are a lot of similarities, but a lot of differences as well.

“Even just receiving the ball higher up the pitch is totally different with people behind you, whereas, at centre-back, everything is in front of you.

“The running, the closing down is different, but I’ve got quite a few attributes to play in there.

“I don’t think Drapes gets the credit he deserves. He’s a big player for us defensively and big shoes to fill, but I thought I did alright against Aberdeen."

Despite poor results against Aberdeen and Livingston, it has generally been a very positive start to life back in the top flight for the Staggies.

Fifth in the Premiership table and 11 points from the opening seven matches has so far defied pre-season expectations that they would struggle into a relegation fight.

Grivosti does say he has noticed a step-up in quality since promotion, but believes confidence is building with every good result.

"The quality of attacking players is such in the Premiership that, if you make a mistake, they punish you," Grivosti explained.

“You have to be fully concentrated at all times.

“Going away to Aberdeen, I don’t think we played badly at all, but they were 3-0 up inside 50 minutes without us hardly making a mistake. That's probably the main difference.

“But we’re joint fourth in the league table. We could only have dreamed of the start we’ve had.

“Probably the international break is coming at the wrong time for us, given the momentum, but it works both ways – we probably needed it after the Aberdeen defeat.

“We just have to keep training hard and make sure we keep the run going.

“Getting the results early on gives us the confidence we can stay ahead of the other teams and out them under pressure.

“With us coming up a division, they will have been thinking we might struggle, but we’ve started reasonably well. Hopefully we can keep picking up results and, if we do, we should be fine.”



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