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Rafa De Vita delighted he stayed on the pitch to net winner

Rafa De Vita has already proven to be a valuable signing, with two goals for County
Rafa De Vita has already proven to be a valuable signing, with two goals for County

Ross County debutant Raffaele De Vita was delighted he delayed his decision to come off with cramp before scoring the decisive third goal in the 3-2 victory against Motherwell at  Dingwall on Saturday.

It   was  only   the   second   home  win  of  the  season   for bottom-placed County and their first win since November. It   took them within three points of the Steelmen and St Mirren.

Martin Woods gave County a first-half lead before Well debutant Conor Grant equalised with a free kick, with goals from Paul Quinn and De Vita proving enough despite Well defender Fraser Kerr’s headed  goal setting up a tense finish.

Motherwell celebrate Conor Grant's strike
Motherwell celebrate Conor Grant’s strike

Italian midfielder De Vita felt the effects of his first appearance since playing in a 1-0 defeat for Cheltenham against Exeter City in December but, despite having to come off after 71 minutes, he was glad he remained on the field long enough to net the all-important goal.

He said: “I felt it a little bit before the goal but I stayed on and I’m glad I did. My last game was on Boxing Day and I was suffering with the cramp. I wanted to help the team but I was worried I might make a mistake and I didn’t want to cost the team a goal.”

De Vita’s stunning volley capped an outstanding debut performance, with the former Livingston player also providing assists for County’s first two goals. The 27-year-old reckons defeat would have ended  the Staggies’ hopes of staying  in the top flight, with De Vita relieved to secure the three points.

De Vita added: “It was pretty much a cup final for us.

“If we had lost that game we would have said we’d keep going until the end of the season but the gap would have been too big.

“We wouldn’t have given up. But looking at the table, after another defeat by a team trying to stay in this division, it would have been a massive blow for us.

“It was a great win. On top of that I was happy to be involved in every goal.

“It was a good debut and I’ll remember it with a smile on my face.”

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