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James Brown wants Ross County to keep aiming for top-six finish in Scottish Premiership after securing their first win in almost three months

By Andrew Henderson

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James Brown insists Ross County are still looking to finish inside the Scottish Premiership top six this season.

The Irishman played a key role for the Staggies midweek, claiming the assist for Jordan White's winning goal as County secured their first victory in almost three months.

It was also a result that ended a nine-match winless run in the Premiership, but by coming out the right side of Tuesday night's match they moved up to eighth in the table.

James Brown insists Ross County should be looking up the Premiership table, rather than over their shoulders. Picture: Ken Macpherson
James Brown insists Ross County should be looking up the Premiership table, rather than over their shoulders. Picture: Ken Macpherson

Much importance will still be placed on this weekend's trip to bottom of the table Livingston. However, with County able to go seven points clear of the automatic drop zone with a second victory in-a-row, Brown believes they should be looking up the table, not down.

“It’s mad to think that it was almost three months since we last won – it doesn’t feel like it," Brown explained.

"It looked like we were struggling going into St Mirren, but the league is so tight that now it looks like we're okay.

“I know three months sounds bad, but we felt like we were playing well and were due a win, so hopefully we can put a run together.

“Livingston is obviously a tough place to go, a lot of teams struggle there. We can’t look at it like they are a bottom of the table team, we just have to go in with the same mindset we always have and go for the win.

“It might be early to call it a six-pointer, but if we win we could go seven points clear of them.

“If we win, we can certainly start looking up – and that’s what we want to do. We’re not going to be looking behind us all the time, the top six is still our goal, so if we can win on Saturday hopefully we can kick on.”

Already two games into Derek Adams' tenure as manager, some changes have been obvious while others are more subtle.

While County's attacking play has caught attention, back-to-back clean sheets is no small feat – and for Brown personally, he was also assigned corner kick duty on Tuesday evening.

"It’s been a bit of a mad week with the two games, but the new manager has had an impact," Brown added.

“We seem to be playing good football and creating chances, so it’s a case of so far, so good.

“I’m not sure what’s changed defensively – I can’t really put my finger on it.

“We know that if we stay in a game for a long time, we can see it out – whether that’s for a draw, or if we can get on top and win it.

“We’ve got good defenders and goalkeepers, and this team has heart. I know it might not have looked like that when we were in the bottom two, but we’re showing that.

“The gaffer said to me that I would be taking the corners, and I was quite surprised! We had a laugh about it, but I’m confident in my delivery.

“When you have guys like Jordan in the box, you just need to put it in the right area and it was a great header to put it in. Luckily that was the winning goal.

“To be honest, I should have a lot more assists this season. I’m not blaming the strikers, but I think I should have contributed more, so hopefully I can add a few more soon.”

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