Billy Mckay: There needed to be a reaction from Ross County, and it was perfect

Ross County's Billy McKay celebrates after scoring to make it 1-1.
Ross County's Billy McKay celebrates after scoring to make it 1-1.

Ross County forward Billy Mckay says an honest assessment of the Staggies’ below-par first half display inspired his side’s comeback in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Dunfermline.

After trailing 1-0 at half time, Mckay’s 16th goal of the season restored parity early in the second half before Michael Gardyne struck an outstanding late winner.

Northern Irishman Mckay says his side’s strong second half showing was a result of County’s dismay at their lacklustre performance before the interval.

He said: “We went in at half-time and we were not too happy with how we played.

“The lads came in and we had a talk between ourselves, and told ourselves we had not been good enough.

“The managers reiterated that, and then we went out there and showed what we are all about.

“We found ourselves a goal behind so there needed to be a reaction, and it was perfect.

“We got a quick goal and then from then on, I thought we were the only team that was going to win.

“There have been a couple of times we’ve come back this season. At Ayr we were a couple of goals down and managed to get it back.”

County’s victory keeps them three points ahead of second placed Ayr United, who kept up the pressure with a 3-1 win over Alloa Athletic.

Mckay feels the Staggies have momentum on their side in their pursuit of the title.

He added: “Ayr and Dundee United both won, so the result keeps us ahead of them which is great.

“From the start of the season we have backed ourselves to win the league.

“We are in the position we want to be right now so we just have to keep our standards up.

“The first half just wasn’t good enough, but in the second half we showed what we are about.”