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Poor home form a concern but Gardyne insists County have cause for optimism

Ross County's Michael Gardyne
Ross County's Michael Gardyne

Michael Gardyne knows the recent home results have not been good enough but the veteran winger insists it is not all doom and gloom at Ross County.

The Staggies slumped to their third straight home league defeat on Sunday as Aberdeen ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at Victoria Park in a one-sided encounter.

The defeat means County have won just one of their opening five home games and Gardyne knows his side must improve that statistic.

He said: “It’s our home turf and we’ve lost eight goals in two games. We know within the squad it’s not good enough but it is not all doom and gloom. We had a bad 90 minutes on Sunday but we have a very good 90 minutes last week.

“I don’t think we started well at all. Aberdeen came at us and we were just hoping to get in at half-time but they scored just before the breach which was not a good time for us to concede.

“We spoke about it and I’ve no idea why we weren’t at it. We knew with them just having played in Europe they wanted to grab a couple of early goals to make their day easier so we knew what was coming and we haven’t dealt with it.

“I think we started the second half alright and looked a lot better but when we went down to 10 and they score the penalty it was going to be a hard afternoon for us from there.”

County boss Stuart Kettlewell believes his players were naïve in aspects of their play and naïve at times against the Dons but with County set to face league leaders Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday Gardyne knows there is no time for anyone to feel sorry for themselves.

He said: “Every game is a good opportunity. If you are not going to enjoy playing football it doesn’t matter where you play. Rangers are flying at the minute but we’ll work hard to make sure we are at our best for next weekend.

“Not having fans cannot be an excuse. We just have to dust ourselves down as we have another tough one next week. We’re still sitting in mid-table and we just have to kick on for the next game.

“We have a good squad. We’ll be missing Iain Vigurs due to suspension and have a couple of injuries but it gives other players an opportunity to come in and stake a claim.

“He’s our captain and when he is not there it is a loss but his absence gives someone else an opportunity.”

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