Ross County co-manager Steven Ferguson is refusing to be fooled by Alloa Athletic’s bottom of the table position ahead of today’s Championship encounter at Recreation Park.
Leaders County face the Wasps in their first of eight remaining matches in their pursuit of the title, with two points separating them from nearest challengers Dundee United. The Staggies have two games in hand.
Alloa are three points adrift of Partick Thistle in bottom spot, and despite the Staggies recording three victories against the Wasps this term without conceding a goal, Ferguson has warned his players to underestimate Jim Goodwin’s side at their peril.
Ferguson said: “You would like to have a team where you think ‘it’s almost in the bag before we’ve played the game.’
“But I can guarantee there is not one game in this league where you can remotely think like that.
“Alloa, being bottom, you would think would be the easiest game in the league. But that’s nowhere near the truth of it.
“They will come out and have their own gameplan and agenda. They will be looking to see if they can reel in Falkirk and Partick – they are still in touching distance.
“When you consider resources Alloa have compared to those teams, who are scrapping at the bottom, I think that just magnifies how good a season Alloa are having.
“They are still very much involved in that dogfight at the bottom of the table.
“That’s what makes them dangerous, and makes the game on Saturday a really difficult one for us.
“We need to make sure we are switched on and give them the respect they deserve.
“But we focus on what our targets and agendas are, and make sure we deliver on them.”