Ross County midfielder Martin Woods is convinced a Premiership side will soon be the victim of a Staggies backlash.
The Dingwall men have lost six of their last eight league matches, the latest being Saturday’s 1-0 defeat by Partick Thistle. However, County’s fine start to the campaign means they remain fifth in the Premiership. They take on Dundee at Dingwall on Saturday.
Woods is not alarmed by the recent form, insisting County have not got the results their performances have merited and the former Scotland under-21 international senses the Staggies are ready to put it all together.
Woods said: “I feel as if our performance level, in the main, has been really high. We’re just conceding sloppy goals.
“We’re also not taking some of the opportunities we’re creating. It’s frustrating because we’re doing so much well but not quite getting the results.
“We’re also getting punished for every wee mistake anyone is making. It’s disappointing.
“I watched the 2-0 defeat by Hearts at Tynecastle in October and that would be the only game where the boys have genuinely been outplayed.
“We’ve just got to keep going and, eventually, we’ll stop making these mistakes and start taking those chances.
“If that happens, someone could maybe take three or four against us. It’s only a matter of time.”
Woods reckons individual errors have been his side’s recent undoing, with the 29-year-old holding his hand up for a foul on Dundee United’s Scott Fraser that led to the penalty which secured the Tannadice side’s 1-0 win against the Staggies in October.
Woods says the County squad must stick together through the side’s poor form and he added: “The boys aren’t robots – we’re humans. We’re going to make mistakes.
“So, we back everyone who has done that lately and we know we’ll get through it. We’ve just been conceding these cheap goals that have been costing us.
“In my second game back from a knee injury against Dundee United, I ran up to their guy and the boy went down for a penalty.
“We had done enough that game to score three but I’ve made a mistake and cost the boys at least a point.
“If it was a penalty or not, that’s another discussion but that was one of the mistakes I’ve made.
“Other boys have made mistakes since but no one is cutting us open. That’s the positive.
“These wee mistakes the boys are getting punished for will stop. It is going to change for us – it’s purely a matter of time now.”