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Spittal heartened by potency in attack at Ross County

By Will Clark

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Blair Spittal is pleased to see Ross County providing a threat from all over the pitch.

Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Ross County(2) v Hearts(2). 18.09.21. Ross County's Blair Spittal at the end.
Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Ross County(2) v Hearts(2). 18.09.21. Ross County's Blair Spittal at the end.

The 26-year-old raced to the top of the Staggies’ scoring charts early in the season with doubles against Montrose in the Premier Sports Cup group stage and Hearts in the Premiership.

Just in their last three matches, though, Harry Clarke, Ross Callachan, Regan Charles-Cook and Joe Hungbo have all scored two apiece.

Striker Jordan White also got in on the act in the ultimately unsuccessful effort against Rangers last time out, showing that County are capable of hurting opposition teams from pretty much anywhere.

“We’re starting to create from all over the park,” Spittal said.

“Boys are contributing from most areas of the park – even look at Clarkey coming from right back and getting forward and getting goals.

“The wingers are producing a lot as well, so it’s good to have that threat all over the team.

“We’re not having to rely on one player, so we know what we need to do when we’re called upon to stay in the team.

“It’s a challenge, but it’s an exciting challenge.”

Despite sitting at the bottom of the league table for the time being, County’s potency going forward suggests they should be much higher.

They are the joint fourth-highest scorers in the division, with more goals that fourth-placed Dundee United, seventh-placed Aberdeen and even Wednesday’s opponents Hibernian.

The problem, seemingly as ever since they returned to the top flight in 2019, has been keeping goals at the other end. That is an issue that Spittal is more than aware of, no matter how enjoyable it would be to simply focus on scoring.

A balance, then, needs to be struck if the Staggies are to pick up more points going forward and move off the bottom of the table, and Spittal is hopeful that the extra time on the training ground in recent weeks will pay dividends.

“I think it shows that we are creating,” he added.

“When you’re coming in after games, you’re frustrated that you’re not picking up anything. I think it would be quite damning if you weren’t creating any chances at all though, and we are creating chances.

“It’s just finding that balance between going forward and transitioning when teams are attacking us.

“We need to make sure we’re compact and hard to beat.

“We’ve spent a lot of time on the training pitch working on that, so hopefully it will come to fruition.”

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