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Cowie prioritises points over performances


By Andrew Henderson


Experienced midfielder Don Cowie says that Ross County don't care about performances at this stage of the season – they just want points.

The Staggies may have expected things to be a little more smooth sailing against Morton last weekend, who they ended up beating 2-0.

Don Cowie does not care how Ross County get the points they need to earn promotion from the Scottish Championship. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Don Cowie does not care how Ross County get the points they need to earn promotion from the Scottish Championship. Picture: Ken Macpherson

Tonight they face the challenge of a Falkirk side who are still unbeaten in 2019.

But Cowie says if County can end that run he will be happy regardless of how it is done.

"We couldn't care to be honest," he said.

"It just is a win at the end of the day.

"When it gets to this stage of the season it's just a case of grinding it out.

"We've had that many injuries, when you look at who wasn't available at the weekend and still to be able to churn out the results just shows the group of players we've got.

"They've strengthened really well in January, so it will be a difficult game.

"They're on a good run themselves, but we're at home where we've been very strong this season. It's a great opportunity for us to stretch the gap even further."

Last week County announced that Cowie – along with Liam Fontaine – would be taking charge of the under-18s side until the end of the season.

Liam Fontaine has been out of action since November through injury, but has now taken over coaching the under-18s until the end of the season. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Liam Fontaine has been out of action since November through injury, but has now taken over coaching the under-18s until the end of the season. Picture: Ken Macpherson

The 36-year-old midfielder says that coaching is something he has been planning for over the last couple of years, and he is excited at the chance to pass on knowledge accrued from nearly 20 years as a professional.

"It was one of the reasons that I moved back up north, looking beyond playing and hopefully using my experience and going into the coaching side," Cowie explained.

"It's happened maybe a wee bit earlier than planned, but when the opportunity arose I didn't hesitate.

"Between myself and Liam, we're really looking forward to it, we're excited.

"We've got plenty of experience between the two of us and hopefully it's something we can make work in the next couple of months.

"I've done my B License and my A License, it's always something that I've thought about.

"I've been full time for the last 20 years in football, it would be stupid to stop after I stop playing.

"I would love to go into coaching or management at some stage, and you've got to start at some level. The under-18s at this club is the perfect opportunity for that."

That being said, Cowie's main priority is still on the pitch, and getting Ross County back to the Scottish Premiership at the first time of asking.

"If it wasn't I wouldn't have come back," he insisted.

"The reason I came first and foremost was to play and try and help the club get back to the Premier League.

"It looks like we can maybe do that, but there's still an awful lot of work to do.

"There are plenty of points left to play for, our focus is purely on tonight's game.

"First and foremost I want to play a big part in getting the team back to the Premier League, and then after that we can re-evaluate."



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