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Ross County can bring rebounding Hibernian crashing back down to earth


By Andrew Henderson


Ross County midfielder Lewis Spence reckons Hibernian's recent better form had to be expected when Jack Ross was appointed their new manager.

Ross took over from former boss Paul Heckingbottom last month, and has since led the Hibees to three wins and a draw in their last four games.

Ross County and Hibernian have had contrasting fortunes, with the Staggies going nine games without a win. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Ross County and Hibernian have had contrasting fortunes, with the Staggies going nine games without a win. Picture: Ken Macpherson

It has been the classic 'new manager bounce' for the Easter Road club, but going into tonight's match Spence is looking to bring them crashing back down to reality.

"We'll be going into it trying to get three points," Spence insisted.

"We need to try and get something from the game, but we always knew we weren't going to get through the whole season winning games and drawing games. We were going to go on a bad run.

"It's a tough league, but they've had a lift with Jack Ross coming in.

"It's kind of natural that when a new manager comes in boys lift their game, boys who aren't playing lift their game.

"We'll be trying to put that flame out and get three points."

The Staggies' poor run of form has been well-documented, but there has been an effort at the club to make sure there is no over-reaction.

County started the campaign strongly, picking up enough points to see them still sitting seventh after last weekend's 4-1 defeat to Celtic.

But Spence thinks games like Hibs are more important for County anyway than matches against Glasgow's giants.

"Obviously we've not won a game in nine, but we're still in a not bad position," he said.

"We're still in joint-seventh, so I know the table is tight but this run was going to come at some point.

"We're just looking forward to tonight now. I think everybody could see that we gave Celtic more of a fight on Sunday and made it more difficult.

"We scored a goal, we should have had another, so I think overall we're happy with our performance.

"You want to try and lay a glove on them and get a result, it wasn't to be, but those games are more one-off games. It's the games like Wednesday against the teams round about us that are important."



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