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Spence revelling in County mindset

By Andrew Henderson

Lewis Spence is loving the level of determination in the Ross County dressing room. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Lewis Spence is loving the level of determination in the Ross County dressing room. Picture: Ken Macpherson

Ross County midfielder Lewis Spence has pointed to the mental strength of the squad as a reason for their success.

Spence left a relegation battle at Dundee to join the title-chasing Staggies in January.

And after two entertaining wins against Partick Thistle and Ayr United in the last week, Spence says taking six points out of six was a sign of their determination to win.

"I think the Thistle game, we didn't start great at all and went 2-0 down," he recalled.

"A lot of teams, that's them dead and buried, but with the mentality and spirit of our team it's never done.

"We weren't worrying one bit at half time, because we've come back before against the likes of Dunfermline and Inverness.

"The manner of that game, to score four in the second half, not just edge it – it could have been more to be honest – and I thought we deserved that one against Ayr.

"This league is not easy at all, as you see.

"It's entertaining games, every game I've played in since I've been here has been entertaining. It's been good stuff, everybody has been saying to me that they're great games to watch, even on the TV.

"It's good to be involved in, but we just want to win the games, it doesn't matter really how."

That positivity is in stark contrast to his time at Dundee, where Spence was always fighting against the drop.

The 23-year-old says that he is enjoying his football at the Global Energy Stadium, and that winning matches has helped him settle in to the dressing room.

"I've usually been in good dressing rooms," Spence said.

"Even at Dundee it was a good dressing room, and we were bottom of the league.

"Obviously the mentality is different here, it's a great dressing room and we're pushing for something at the top of the league and we're in the final of a cup.

"When I was at Dundee, I don't know if it was the mentality down there, but if we had been 2-0 down at Thistle we were never coming back from that.

"We didn't really believe to be honest, because we were bottom of the league. But in this team, even if you're 2-0 down you believe you can get something out of the game.

"You get that next goal and that's it, and we proved that last Saturday. The mentality has been great, I'm really enjoying it.

"Winning games brings us closer together, it's as simple as that.

"You're winning games, you're top of the league, you're in the finals of other cups and it brings you closer together because everybody enjoys winning.

"Nobody enjoys losing, I've been in relegation battles and it's not great. Winning games, that's what you come to play football for, and we're doing that here."

Last time out County defeated fellow promotion chasers Ayr United.

But with the gap between the sides now eight points and the Staggies still having a game in hand, Spence thinks County managed to knock Ayr out of the title race.

"It's not done yet, there's a long way to go still, but I think it puts them out of finishing first," he explained.

"They've been on a poor run, they're still up there but they've been on a poor run.

"I think they had to come up here and beat us on Tuesday.

"United are still up our tails, but we're just thinking about ourselves. We're not hoping they lose, we just want to keep winning games."

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