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Ross County won't get carried away despite great start to Premiership season as Kilmarnock head to Dingwall


By Will Clark

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ROSS County manager Stuart Kettlewell wants his players to keep a lid on their perfect start as they prepare to face Kilmarnock tomorrow.

Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness.
Hamilton Accies(0) v Ross County(1). 08.08.20.
Ross County's Josh Reid sprints past Hamilton's Lewis Smith.
Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Hamilton Accies(0) v Ross County(1). 08.08.20. Ross County's Josh Reid sprints past Hamilton's Lewis Smith.

Saturday’s 1–0 win at Hamilton Academical followed by their 1–0 opening day victory over Motherwell sees them in third place.

They are on six points, with league leaders Hibernian and second-placed Rangers only ahead on goal difference.

Ross County have a favourable run of fixtures starting with Kilmarnock tomorrow night followed by Dundee United on Saturday and two away trips to St Mirren and Livingston.

But Kettlewell says his players will maintain their focus on continuing to pick up points and not allow their good start to go to their heads.

“We’re not going to get carried away,” he said.

“I’ve been stung by things like that before. I’m not one for shouting my mouth off and I don’t want any of my players doing that either.

“We show everyone respect. Kilmarnock is our next game at home and will be a tough one.”

Speaking after the win at Hamilton about whether the next four games were a golden opportunity for the Staggies to get a decent run of points, Kettlewell added: “I’m always cautious to say that because of how tough a division this is.

“There are no easy games. People will write Hamilton off as they do, people will write us off too.

He added: “We’ve got two home games and we need to look at how we can piece together some sort of home record.”

Kettlewell was pleased County won their first game on the road this season, after only winning twice away from home last season.

“He now wants his team to make sure they make it count by continuing their good form.

“It it wasn’t the most quality I’ve ever seen in a game of football,” he admitted.

“There was, though, heaps of endeavour. We got our clean sheet because we stuck to our task.

“Fortunately we have guys at the top end of the pitch who can create and score goals, so ultimately that was the outcome.

“We just have to build on it.

“We got two away wins last year and now we’ve already got one this season. What I don’t want to do is be sitting here in a month’s time looking for my next one.

“I’ve said that to the players, about trying to push boundaries and seeing where that takes us.”

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