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Jordan Tillson – Ross County will learn from late goal heartbreak at St Johnstone in bid to avoid drop


By Will Clark

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Jordan Tillson says Ross County will need to learn not to concede late goals if they want to stay in the Premiership after defeat at St Johnstone.

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Ross County suffered late heartbreak as they went down 1–0 to St Johnstone as Glenn Middleton scored the winner three minutes before time.

Jordan Tillson says Ross County will learn from late goal heartbreak.
Jordan Tillson says Ross County will learn from late goal heartbreak.

The midfielder says the defeat was a hard one to take, but says it has been the story of their season of throwing points away late in matches.

But he promises the Staggies will learn from today’s defeat at McDiarmid Park so it does not happen again.

"We have been struggling with that all season where in the last five to 10 minutes due to a lack of concentration they score.

"So we need to use it to galvanise ourselves again and we will have to use it to come back strong.

"There was not a lot of quality in the game, we put a lot into it to get to 85 minutes and then a moment of lack of concentration and the ball goes into the back of our net.

"It is not good enough from us and we will learn from it and take it into the last five games to make sure it will not happen again.

However, Tillson had no complaints about the score, admitting Ross County were second best to St Johnstone today.

“You never want to be second best, we needed a strong character to come out in the second half and even get to half time at 0–0.

“But we weren’t good enough today and we have to get better.”

Ross County remain in 10th but are now just one point ahead of Kilmarnock who are in 11th after they thrashed Motherwell 4–1 and two points ahead of bottom of the table Hamilton Academical who drew 1–1 with Livingston.

Tillson believes Ross County have the quality in their squad to win the battle against relegation, but knows improvement is required.

“I have never done the split before where you play each other again and pick up points on each other.

“We need to be strong and resilient, not giving away goals and nick goals where we can.

“That will be our story until the end of the season, so we will make sure we are ready to go.”

Speaking about Ross County’s one point advantage over Kilmarnock and two over Hamilton Academical, Tillson said: ”One point makes a difference, we have played these teams three times now and we know what to expect and we have to be ready for whatever they bring.

"If you can get on a roll being undefeated that helps.

"We have done well recently, the next part is seeing out these games and we have to do that sooner rather than later.

“We have turned up at the right times against these teams and we have to do it again.

“Its that moment of getting everyone pushing in the same direction and make sure we are ready to beat these teams again."


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