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Ross County must capitalise in front of goal


By Andrew Henderson

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Stuart Kettlewell returns to the dugout this weekend after his touchline ban looking for Ross County to be more clinical in front of goal during games.

Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness.
Ross County(0) v Aberdeen(3). 27.09.20.
Ross County manager Stuart Kettlewell.
Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Ross County(0) v Aberdeen(3). 27.09.20. Ross County manager Stuart Kettlewell.

The Staggies boss has watched his side’s last three matches – in the league against Rangers at Ibrox and two Betfred Cup ties against Montrose and Arbroath – from the stands, but will be back pitchside tomorrow afternoon.

High-flying Hibernian will be the visitors to Dingwall, full of confidence after a strong start to the campaign.

Jack Ross’s team sit third in the Premiership table, and won all three of their own cup matches over the last two weeks to lead the way in Group B.

County meanwhile were not at their best, but Kettlewell feels he knows where the Staggies can improve ahead of another tough challenge tomorrow.

“The game becomes so much easier if we take those four or five chances early in the game – and if you don’t it becomes more challenging than it needs to be,” Kettlewell explained.

“In the games I’ve watched them in, they have a steely determination about them.

“They have really added goals this season, they seem to have a partnership up top which is a bit of a thing of the past now.

“Most teams play with a lone striker and two wide players, but it seems to have clicked between Kevin Nisbet and Christian Doidge.

“To counter that, their work ethic has been great across midfield, and they have probably tightened up a little bit at the back, where they received a bit of criticism in the early part of last season.

“They have turned that on it’s head and most of that comes from being a solid unit.”

Callum Morris is Kettlewell’s only new injury concern after picking up a calf issue on Tuesday.

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