County stretched their unbeaten run of league matches to 39 with Saturday’s 0-0 home draw with Kilmarnock, while their record of just one goal conceded – an injury-time equaliser by Celtic’s Kris Commons – means they boast the best defensive record in the division.
However, the Highland outfit are finding life tougher at the other end of the pitch with their only league goals so far coming from set-pieces from captain Richard Brittain. County had chances against Kilmarnock but Marc Fitzpatrick saw a goal-bound effort cleared off the line, while McMenamin also came close with a header into the side netting in the second half.
McMenamin is optimistic things will improve soon, though, saying: “I should have done better with a chance in the second half. I saw the ball late and I hit the side netting with a header. In the first half, one of their players made an unbelievable clearance just in front of me.
“That’s the way our luck is going in front of goal at the moment but I’m sure it will change if we keep working away.”
County rarely looked in danger of conceding to a Kilmarnock side who created few chances throughout the 90 minutes. The best one fell to Rory McKenzie, clean through on goal, but Michael Fraser pulled off a fantastic save with his feet.
McKenzie felt he should have found the back of the net with that chance, saying: “It was a great flick on from Willie Gros and maybe I should have lifted it near post. I hit it quite well and he saved it well with his feet but I probably should have scored.”
McKenzie, whose side have now picked up six points from their opening five matches – one point fewer than County, added: “It’s tough coming up here. The pitch is quite tight and Ross County don’t let you play but, in the first half, we probably hit it long a few too many times.”
“[Manager Kenny Shiels] was pretty disappointed with the way we played. Especially with me up front, you can’t be pinging long balls all day because, as you can see, I’m not going to be winning headers against the two big guys. He went through us a wee bit.”