Richie Brittain wants County defensive improvement

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre gives out instructions from the dugout. Picture: SNS

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre gives out instructions from the dugout. Picture: SNS

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ROSS COUNTY have surrendered the first goal in every match they have played this season.

Now skipper Richie Brittain has told his team-mates it is time they stopped leaving themselves with a mountain to climb.

The pointless Staggies are rooted to the bottom of the Scottish Premiership table with seven straight defeats.

They have shipped 19 goals in that miserable run and were also knocked out of the League Cup on Tuesday as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Championship outfit Hibernian.

But Brittain admits the Dingwall outfit have done themselves no favours by allowing their opponents to grab the initiative with the opening strike.

Now he has urged his County colleagues to make a positive start against Dundee on Saturday and take the game by the scruff of the neck.

Speaking ahead of the Global Energy Arena clash, Brittain said: “It’s a different type of pressure when you go a goal in front. You have to lead the game and see it out.

“But when you go behind as we have done a lot this season, you find yourself chasing the game and taking more chances.

“We want to get that lead and allow ourselves to sit in and soak up pressure, and then maybe play on the counter-attack - taking advantage of the other side’s desperation.

“That is our aim. We know to win games of football you need to go goals in front, so our main target for Saturday is to get the first goal and build from there.”

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