Ross County’s Jim McIntyre has won his second consecutive Premiership manager of the month award, after his side remained unbeaten throughout March.
County began the month with a 1-0 home victory against Partick Thistle, before recovering from a two-goal deficit to claim a 2-2 draw at Hamilton the following week.
The Staggies ended the month with a 2-1 win against Kilmarnock at Victoria Park, with the Dingwall side maintaining excellent form with back-to-back wins in April to move 13 points clear of bottom-placed St Mirren.
McIntyre, also won the award in February, and County’s record of seven wins from the last eight matches caps a remarkable turnaround for a side six points adrift at the bottom in early February.
With County now almost certain to avoid automatic relegation, attention has turned to staving off the threat of 11th-placed Motherwell, who are currently three points behind in the play-off spot.
With six games to play, starting with Monday’s trip to St Mirren, McIntyre knows the job is far from done.
However, with Partick Thistle just a point ahead and Kilmarnock only four clear of the Staggies, McIntyre has told his players to drag teams above them into the mire.
McIntyre said: “The players have been doing a lot of things well, considering the pressure that was on them in the first place.
“To then get that spring in their step and have that confidence, they are playing with a real belief just now.
“But they’re not over-confident, far from it. They are determined, and we know how difficult it is to win games at this level.
“The award is a great recognition for everyone at the club and how hard we’ve been working. Especially the players, they’re the be all and end all. They determine whether managers get these awards.
“It’s been a good period for us, there’s no getting away from that. We’ve done a lot of things well, but we know we need to keep it going and know how difficult it’s going to be.
“Looking at results from Wednesday night, I have to say there are definitely another couple of teams involved.
“The runs ourselves and Motherwell have been on has brought other teams into the equation.”