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‘Expect a fired-up Dundee’ McIntyre warns Ross County players

Jim McIntyre led Ross County to a top six finish but left the club earlier this season.
Jim McIntyre led Ross County to a top six finish but left the club earlier this season.

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre has warned his players to expect to face a fired-up Dundee in Dingwall tomorrow determined to make amends for their 7-0 thrashing by Aberdeen.

Paul Hartley’s side suffered an embarrassing 90 minutes on Friday evening when Derek McInnes’ side strolled to victory with defender Andrew Considine netting the first hat-trick of his career.

But McIntyre believes his side will go into the match with just as much motivation after they suffered a 2-1 defeat by Partick Thistle at Firhill on Saturday.

Craig Curran had put the Staggies in front but a Kris Doolan double earned the Jags victory, leaving County only three points above bottom of the table Caley Thistle.

He said: “Dundee have taken a real sore one. Aberdeen were fantastic on Friday.

“They will look at a lot of things they can do better and will be looking to put that right on Tuesday night.

“They will be facing exactly the same from us – a team desperate to put it right and make sure we don’t get dragged in.

“Every team from seventh down is in a dogfight now and it’s about making sure we’re the best of the rest.

“We have to show real character.”

McIntyre was frustrated by his side’s failure to see out the victory against Partick on Saturday.

Hamilton’s 1-0 win against nine-man St Johnstone and Motherwell’s 1-1 draw against Rangers at Ibrox means only three points separate the bottom four.

McIntyre added: “We’re very disappointed. That was our last chance to go three points behind Thistle but you have to give them. They deserve to finish in the top six if they get it.

“They have lost only two games in 11 matches and that’s the consistency we showed last year. We congratulate them.

“We have to get ourselves ready for Dundee.

“We have not scored enough goals all season.

“It’s not just our forwards responsible for the lack of goals, it’s wide players and midfielders.

“When you’re looking at it at the start of the season you’re looking for your defenders to get between five and ten from set plays, you want your midfield players to get between 15 and 20 right across the four.

“Obviously you want the main number of goals from your strikers but it’s as a team.

“I can’t ask for any more in terms of efforts, we have a very good group that way.

“Where we fall down is the last bit and switching off at key moments.”

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