Coyle: Staggies struggles are now behind us after taking four points from two games

Andrew Davies scored County's equaliser

Ross County manager Owen Coyle believes the Staggies’ struggles are now behind them after taking four points from their most recent two games in the Premiership.

County went on a dire 13-game run without a victory between November and February, which left the Dingwall men six points adrift at the foot of the table.

But an emphatic 4-1 triumph over Dundee and a deserved 1-1 draw at home to Hearts last Saturday has cut that gap to two points and Coyle feels his side is making tracks ahead of this Saturday’s trip to St Johnstone.

Coyle said: “I certainly felt we were worth three points but that’s two good performances back-to-back.

“The important time to play well is at the business end of the season.

“We had a terrible run, but we certainly look as if we’re well over that.

“We look now like a team capable of going and winning the points we need to move the club to safety.

“A number of them have a lot of qualities and that’s why we remain very confident going into the remainder of the season that we have enough about us to win a lot of games.”

Coyle handed a long-awaited debut to midfielder Greg Tansey more than a month after his arrival on loan from Aberdeen, with the Englishman having recovered from a groin injury.

Coyle feels the return of Tansey, along with others such as Andrew Davies and Jamie Lindsay, bodes well for the Staggies’ survival push.

He added: “The signs are good that we’re getting him to where we need him to be because there are a lot of big, important games coming up.

“The likes of Tansey, Jamie Lindsay and the skipper coming back will give us a very good problem, with good players available, all champing at the bit to play rather than a team out-of-sorts where we could pick him or him and get the same thing.

“You want players at the top of their game and if we continue that we’ll have real competition for places.”