Hamilton 1-3 Ross County: Jim McIntyre delight at rare away win

County boss Jim McIntyre celebrates with assistant Billy Dodds
County boss Jim McIntyre celebrates with assistant Billy Dodds

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre is relieved Saturday's win at Hamilton will alleviate some of the focus on his side's away record.

The Staggies recorded just their second away league win of the season at New Douglas Park.

"Maybe I'll not get reminded so much about it now we've got our second away victory," McIntyre told BBC Scotland.

"If you pick up a point, you can never be too displeased, but we knew we had to get our average of wins up."

The Dingwall club's second-half comeback lifted them up to fifth in the league ahead of next week's match away to Partick Thistle.

Craig Curran hit his sixth of the season, Stewart Murdoch notched his first for the club and Liam Boyce's goal made it 14 in all competitions for the Northern Irishman.

All that came after going behind to Gramoz Kurtaj's well-worked opener in the first half.

Craig Curran struck a second-half leveller for County
Craig Curran struck a second-half leveller for County

"To come to a tough place like this on a surface that we're not used to, the players deserve fantastic credit," said McIntyre.

"Our substitutions played a key part today also, so that was nice to see.

"I think it took my players a wee bit of time to get used to the surface.

"We trained on our own astroturf that's just been laid in Dingwall and it's completely different.

"The ball was really skidding about on there and in the second half we played percentage balls far better."

Boyce and Curran's partnership has proved fruitful this season and the former will hope to be part of Northern Ireland's squad at Euro 2016 in France next summer.

"What the two of them have got is fantastic spirit," McIntyre added.

"They never know when they're beaten.

"They keep going and as a partnership they're a real threat."

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