Ross County co-manager Steven Ferguson says his players must be wary of a Morton side looking to leapfrog the Staggies to the top of the Championship at Cappielow today.
County have set the pace at the top of the table by winning both of their opening matches against Alloa Athletic and Dunfermline so far, however Ray McKinnon’s side have also started well and sit just two points behind.https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/wp-admin/post-new.php?post_type=fp
Ferguson expects the Greenock side to be determined to secure a creditable victory in front of their home supporters today, and has called for his players to rise to the test.
He said: “Morton will see it as massive if they can win it, and we’re definitely seeing it as huge.
“Fans want entertained, so it is really the responsibility of the home team to go and put on a spectacle and entertain the fans. With that, comes a little bit of pressure in how you play.
“When you’re away it is not so much, but you still want to have an identity and a style of play that is good to watch.
“That might not always be the case. As we keep saying, every game is different and we’ll have to win games in different ways, but I’d imagine at Morton we will see two teams having a go.
“I don’t think there will be anybody sitting in and looking for a cagey game. This early in the season, most clubs are wanting to make their mark.”
County return to league action following two cup ties last week, with a 2-1 IRN-BRU Cup victory over Hearts colts last Tuesday followed by Sunday’s 3-2 Betfred Cup defeat against Hibernian.
Morton have not played in 11 days and Ferguson expects today’s opponents to be well rested, with the Staggies having lost midfielder Jamie Lindsay for up to a month with an ankle injury in the Hibs match, although Marcus Fraser and Stelios Demetriou are expected to shake off knocks.
Ferguson added: “Obviously with the wee break in the cup, you take an eye off the league campaign, but it is back to the bread and butter with three points up for grabs.
“It’s away from home and Morton have started really well, so it happens the two of us are sitting near the top of the league.
“Sometimes the wee break can help if they have niggles. I don’t know what position Morton are in, but certainly we came off the back of a really competitive game on Sunday.
“We’ve had a different scenario to deal with. Morton have had the break and need to deal with that, while we’ve had the travel to Hibs and knocks we took in that game. We’ll see how it pans out.”