Ross County manager says Aberdeen victory dedicated to club chairman
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ROSS County manager John Hughes says their 4–1 victory over Aberdeen was dedicated to club chairman Roy MacGregor.
The Staggies produced their best performance of the campaign to thrash the Dons at the Global Energy Stadium to move off the bottom of the Premiership and into 10th place.
Hughes says since arriving at Dingwall in December, he has been in close contact with MacGregor and negotiating with what is required to keep Ross County in the top flight.
He paid tribute to MacGregor for all his efforts so far this season.
“Since I’ve come to the club – and I’m not patronising anyone here – I’ve been made very welcome,” he said.
“I’ve seen what it means to a lot of people and I’ve seen what it means to my chairman.
“He’s in there pushing, every day, saying ‘what do you need?’ or ‘how can I help?’
“So it is about time I dedicated a victory to him.”
The Staggies ran riot on Saturday, with Oli Shaw scoring twice along with goals from Charlie Lakin and Jermaine Hylton.
The Staggies are now above Hamilton Academical and Motherwell in the table, but Hughes knows they can’t be complacent.
“We’ll enjoy it for a couple of days, but I’ve said to the players not to let themselves get carried away.
“But in terms of what I’m seeing, it is encouraging. “We won’t win every game beautiful, but every team knows they’ve been in a game – that’s all I can ask of the boys. That’s what they’ve done since I came in.”
Hughes also praised the team spirit in the squad.
“When I started with them, at Celtic, I liked what I saw, I saw a real spirit,” he said.
“Everything we’ve done is off a real, solid shape thatnever changes much.
“They all know their position and we don’t have to coach different things every week. We took our chances and beat a good Aberdeen side.”