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Brittain optimistic about Ross County’s attack

Richard Brittain, left: Positive signs. Picture: SNS

Richard Brittain, left: Positive signs. Picture: SNS

  • by ALASDAIR FRASER
 

RICHARD Brittain admits a rapid return to league action is a blessing for Ross County after Sunday’s St Johnstone beating.

The Highlanders’ captain drew great encouragement from that performance but knows a defeat is a defeat – and is itching to bounce back quickly.

Against a Saints side four competitive games to the good, County did not look like a team trying to assimilate ten new signings, including five starters. Brittain feels the Staggies’ ­attacking set is now as strong as it has been in his six years at the club. He said: “There was a lot to be positive about. We looked a major attacking threat.

“Given the players we’ve got at the club now the threat up front is as strong as it’s ever been.

“I thought we looked very dangerous going forward and I thought the combinations we showed in midfield, and the amount of possession we had, was very positive. These are all things we’ve been working hard on in pre-season and, hopefully, we can carry them on in the games ahead.

“We want to score more goals – that’s ultimately the main aim, because if you don’t score goals you don’t win games.

“But the attacking threat is as strong as it’s ever been and every one of our strikers scored in pre-season, as did pretty much all of our midfielders.

“We all want to get in on the act, but we all share the same aim of wanting to win games. Hopefully we can do that in the games coming up.”

Preparations for the Partick trip were smooth despite the deluge over Dingwall flooding parts of the stadium, including the changing rooms.

Brittain said: “We’ve got the benefit of the indoor facility right beside our ground so our preparation hasn’t been disrupted too much. I don’t think many clubs have that facility.

“There’s been a little bit of disruption but we’re just thankful to be able to do full ­sessions on the facility we’ve got.” Meanwhile, Partick boss Alan Archibald says he is ­prepared to play the waiting game in order to land more quality new ­signings, after bolstering his squad with the addition of Danny Seaborne.

The former Coventry and Southampton defender penned a two-year deal with the Firhill side on Monday.

Archibald is now keen to add at least another two new faces before the end of the month and could be set for another raid on the English lower leagues.

He said: “We definitely need another couple in. We are short in a few areas and it’s something we are working on all the time.

“We probably need one more for the striker area and at full-back. We are in talks with a number of players.

“You bide your time, you have a list of targets. As a manager, you want to get your business done as early as you can as it gives you the whole summer to work with them.

“But you also want to wait for that wee bit of quality.

“You know, come the start of the Championship down the road, the English teams have ­assessed their squads and there are maybe players available.”

However, Archibald insists James McFadden is not on his wanted list despite training with the Jags.

He added: “He’s just keeping fit and training with us. He’s been in for the last few weeks.”

Asked what Seaborne can bring to the squad, the Thistle boss said: “He comes with a lot of experience. Dan is a very good player.

“He is left-sided and he’s got a bit of presence about him, something we were keen to get in.

“He can play in either of two positions and we primarily see him as a centre-half but he can play at left-back as well. He gives us a number of options.”

 

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