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Ross County striker says scoring is Shaw thing with new boss


By Alasdair Fraser

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OLI Shaw is confident John Hughes’ evolving style of play and Jordan White’s arrival can combine to crank up his goalscoring form amid the Premiership survival fight.

Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness.
Ross County(1) v Motherwell(2). 27.01.21.
Ross County's Oli Shaw scores into an empty goal after a strong shot from Jermaine Hylton was spilled by Motherwell 'keeper Liam Kelly into his path.
Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Ross County(1) v Motherwell(2). 27.01.21. Ross County's Oli Shaw scores into an empty goal after a strong shot from Jermaine Hylton was spilled by Motherwell 'keeper Liam Kelly into his path.

With 10 games remaining, the former Hibs striker regards Ross County’s revival under Hughes as a work in progress, with the team showing promise but not yet consistently applying the ex-Caley Thistle manager’s game plan within matches.

But with hard work at play on the training ground, Shaw believes he can feed off the manager’s attacking mindset with important goals for the Dingwall club.

He also believes target man White can serve as an ideal foil for him and fellow striker Billy Mckay.

“It’s still a process, but we’re working hard in training to get it right,” the ex-Scotland under-21 cap said.

“The players believe in what the manager is trying to do. You see in spells during games how well we move the ball, pass and create chances. Other times, when we concede, we maybe revert back to our old ways. It is just about finding consistency. If we do that, results will pick up.

“We know where we want to get to and we’re doing everything we can to stay in this league.

“I think the gaffer’s style is good for the strikers. Since he has come to the club I’ve hit four goals in seven matches and I want to build on it. With the chances we’re creating, I’m hopeful I can keep scoring from now until the end of the season.

“Jordan White gives us another good option up front and hopefully we
can bounce off each
other effectively in the important games ahead.”

Shaw, with nine goals in all this season, added: “A positive mentality is going to be crucial. The manager has already said we have to embrace the challenge. There is no point in shying away from it.

“We have a group of boys in there who are up for the challenge. We’re all focused on doing everything we can to climb the league.”


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