IVAN Sproule paid tribute to his Ross County team-mates as he returned from injury to score the only goal in a 1-0 win over St Johnstone.
Scorer: Ross County - Sproule (11)
Referee: J Beaton
Sproule had missed the previous two games with a hamstring injury, but bounced back to score a superb goal in the 11th minute, sending a shot from the edge of the 18-yard box into the top corner. It was his fourth goal in as many starts for his new club since his move last month from Hibernian, as County extended their unbeaten run to seven games.
For Sproule, the move is going according to plan and he said: “I’m enjoying my football at the moment. I took a wee knock which kept me out for two games, but I came back in. I’m just glad to be playing and get the win, but all credit goes to the lads, they turned in two good performances while I was out of the team. This is the reason I came to the club, to play games and pick up three points every weekend and that’s what I’m doing at the minute.”
Describing his goal, Sproule added: “I fancied a whip at it and luckily for me it flew into the top corner. I don’t care who scores, we’ve got the three points. I’m in a rich vein of form. I was trying to put it in off the post, there was no other place I could have put it.”
The Northern Irishman has already made himself a mainstay at County, in contrast to his second spell at Easter Road, where he failed to establish a regular starting spot. “I didn’t get playing at Hibs,” explained the 31-year-old. “It wasn’t to do with my form, it was a personal choice by the manager. I respected him though because he’s got a decision to make.”
St Johnstone defender Callum Davidson admired Sproule’s goal, but also felt it was not their day. “It was a fantastic finish,” he said. “I’m not quite sure he meant it to stick it in that top corner, but it was a good finish. We kind of put pressure on them after that, but nothing really fell for us. It was just one of those games.”