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Stuart Kettlewell says Ross County attackers will ‘catch fire’ in front of goal

Ross Stewart.
Ross Stewart.

Ross County manager Stuart Kettlewell has backed the Staggies’ forward line to “catch fire” in the weeks ahead.

Ross Stewart is County’s leading scorer having netted two penalties, however, the attacker missed two fine chances in the Dingwall side’s 2-1 loss to Dundee United last weekend. Fellow striker Billy Mckay is also off the mark for the campaign.

With the likes of Lee Erwin, Michael Gardyne and Josh Mullin still to open their accounts for the season, Kettlewell feels the Staggies will be difficult to stop once their attackers find their sharpness in front of goal.

Kettlewell, whose side travel to St Mirren tomorrow, said: “The way we have seen Ross Stewart finishing in training on a daily basis over the last couple of years, he could have been walking away with the match ball.

“We are fashioning chances, they are falling to key players for us, and I have no doubt that at some point we’ll really catch fire with that.

Stuart Kettlewell.

“Maybe somebody will concede three or four goals to us just off the back of these guys being razor sharp in front of goal with the quality they’ve got.”

Coll Donaldson and Ross Draper have also found the net for County this term, and Kettlewell feels goalscoring contributions from outwith the forward line will be crucial.

Kettlewell added: “When I played here we had a midfield with Iain Vigurs, Paul Lawson, Richie Brittain – these guys were getting into double figures most seasons. That’s a huge boost to have for any team if you have goals coming from midfield. That’s something that goes on to Harry Paton, Stephen Kelly, Iain Vigurs, Ross Draper – can they go and pitch in with a few more goals?

“It’s a massive factor not to rely on your strikers.”

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