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Scottish Cup: St Johnstone v Ross County

Joe Cardle
Joe Cardle

Ross County midfielder Joe Cardle insists the slate is wiped clean ahead of today’s Scottish Cup fourth-round tie against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

County fell to a 2-1 Premiership defeat against Saints at Perth last weekend but have an ideal opportunity for redemption when the two sides meet again this afternoon.

Cardle, who came on as a substitute to play the last 31 minutes of the match, feels the defeat could work in his side’s favour when the Staggies report for cup duty this afternoon.

Cardle said: “It’s a new day and a new game.

“It’s good to get away from the league form and it gives us the chance to push the season on with a cup win.

“It helps everything when you get a cup run going.

“It’s a massive game for us. We went there last week and they’re a good team and like to play.

“Last week was a blessing in disguise in that we know what to expect. Hopefully, we can make up early on for the mistakes we made in the game last week.

“Especially when I came on, the game opened up. It was a tight game in the first half and unfortunately they took the lead. But the game opened up and we created chances. We could have got a draw or even come away with a win.

“When you’re bottom of the league there are games like that where you lose your luck. We’re looking forward to the weekend and hopefully we can make up for it.”

Cardle has tasted cup success already this year, helping Raith Rovers to a 1-0 Ramsdens Cup final victory against Rangers in April.

However, the Blackpool-born midfielder, who also had spells with Clyde, Airdrie and Dunfermline, does not feel the Scottish Cup has been kind to him since he arrived in Scotland from Port Vale in 2007. Cardle is determined to help launch a cup run with the Staggies, whom he joined in the summer from the Kirkcaldy side.

The 27-year-old added: “I won the Ramsdens Cup with Raith Rovers but I’ve not really had any runs in the Scottish Cup. The furthest we got with Dunfermline was the quarter-finals one year but, apart from that, I’ve not had many good runs.

“It would be nice to start one. Cup runs are special, especially in the later rounds. To get to the semi-finals or a final would be unbelievable.”

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