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Midfielder says mentality is key to Ross County recovery in Premiership


By Alasdair Fraser

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DAVID Cancola is confident Ross County will set current struggles behind them once they learn to deal better with setbacks during matches.

Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Ross County(2) v St.Mirren(3). 16.10.21. Ross County's David Cancola praises Blair Spittal after his goal direct from a free-kick.
Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Ross County(2) v St.Mirren(3). 16.10.21. Ross County's David Cancola praises Blair Spittal after his goal direct from a free-kick.

The Austrian midfielder felt blame for Saturday’s home defeat to St Mirren lay squarely on the mental side, with belief faltering after loss of the first goal.

Greater mental strength, the 24-year-old feels, will be vital in turning current form around with the Staggies still chasing that first league win of the season.

“It was very disappointing, obviously. We did make it hard for ourselves,” summer signing Cancola said.

“I felt we were in the game really well at the beginning and then we conceded the first goal. It set it in our minds that we were losing again and we just needed to get that out of our heads.

“I’ve been in this situation before and the only thing that gets you out of this is believing in our plan and believing in ourselves as a team. It doesn’t help if we start doing our own things or getting thoughts that we are going to lose again. We have to believe that we are going to get out of this.”

Former Austria Vienna and Slovan Liberec playmaker Cancola, though, remains “super-confident” that fortunes will turn.

“Sometimes, we all know there are teams where it just doesn’t feel like they have enough quality. That’s definitely not the case in our team,” he said.

“I can feel it every time we train, and in every game, that we have the quality to play a lot better and get a lot better results than we’re getting right now. It is all mental, I think. I’m sure we are going to work on that. We scored two goals, and created chances, but we need to stop conceding so easily. It is not like teams are cutting us up, we just conceded out of nothing.

“I’d be lying if I said it is not affecting us, but the season is long. We’re going to get our wins if we keep believing in our plan.

“We still have this positive mindset and that’s why I’m super-confident it won’t be long until we turn it around.”


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