The winter break has arrived at the wrong time for Ross County midfielder Iain Vigurs.
Following a three-month lay-off with a foot injury, Vigurs made a goalscoring return to the side in Sunday’s 1-1 Premiership draw against St Johnstone.
Vigurs had missed around five months of last season with the same injury, but required surgery after suffering a relapse in a victory over St Mirren in September.
The trip to McDiarmid Park marked County’s final game before their three-week winter break, with the Staggies returning to action away to Ayr United in the Scottish Cup on January 18.
Vigurs is frustrated the break halts his own momentum, and he said: “It wasn’t a pretty game but it was good, personally, to get the goal and to be back out there again.
“It would have been even better if we had held on for all three points.
“The last season-and-a-half has been very frustrating. There isn’t much I can do about that now. I just need to kick on now and put everything behind me.
“It is one game and then a break which is frustrating but I can try and get my fitness up and hopefully get ready for the second half of the season.”
County’s failure to hold on to the lead which Vigurs gave them in the 73rd minute against Saints gave other teams the chance to make ground on them, with the Dingwall men now just three points above Hamilton Accies who occupy the relegation play-off spot.
Vigurs added: “Looking at the results it would have been better for us if we had won at St Johnstone.
“Anyone can beat anyone and you need to grind out results wherever you can. It is so tight, it has been like that for so long and a lot of results went against us.
“We didn’t play well at St Johnstone and I would say all 11 on the pitch were off it but we showed good character to get the point.”
Vigurs feels the Staggies have made a mixed start since returning to the Premiership last summer, with the 31-year-old adding: “The managers have said we have been too up and down and we need to find more consistency against everyone. It has been up and down.
“We have been in positions to win games and thrown points away. We were in a great position to beat Motherwell on Boxing Day but we lost it late and that happens.
“We have been solid enough but I do think we need to step it up quite a bit in the second half of the season because it is going to be a lot harder.”