Ross County manager Jim McIntyre is confident his side will quickly rediscover its attacking sharpness after Saturday’s opening-day 3-1 loss against Dundee.
The Staggies began the Premiership campaign in defeat against the Dark Blues, adding further frustration to a disappointing defence of the League Cup as County were knocked out in the group stage of the competition.
Despite the poor start, McIntyre was encouraged with parts of his side’s display against Paul Hartley’s side, and has vowed the Dingwall side will put it right, with Saturday’s Highland derby against Caley Thistle the next chance.
McIntyre said: “There was plenty to be pleased about in the performance against Dundee. We dominated a lot of the ball and got into good positions, but the final bit of quality was missing.
“The players gave everything in the second half to try to get back in the game. I can’t fault them for their effort which was fantastic.
“On another day I know we’ll be a bit more ruthless. It will get better – there’s no doubt about that, as we’ve got a lot of quality in our squad.
“We will bounce back.”
McIntyre has deviated from his usual 4-4-2 formation in recent weeks in favour of a three-man defence but said no style of play is set in stone.
He added: “That’s what we chose to go with against Dundee, but that is not the way we are going to be going every week.
“The formation was fine – individual mistakes cost us goals.”
McIntyre remains on the lookout for further additions to his squad before the transfer window closes, with a central midfielder his main priority following the departures of Jackson Irvine and Stewart Murdoch.
Patience is key and he added: “We’re short in the middle of the park. That’s an area we’ve been trying hard on.
“It’s very difficult trying to get the right person, but we’ll keep scouting and make sure if the right person becomes available we’re in with a shout.”