Ross County's Derek Adams sets sights on European slot

Derek Adams

Ross County manager Derek Adams insists his players will work until the end of the season as they bid to seal a European qualification slot.

Following Sunday's 1-1 draw with Celtic, Adams insisted his players performed well against the league champions, but still have work ahead.

"We still probably need two wins," said Adams.

"We need to beat Motherwell and Inverness to get to that European place, but we'll give it a go."

County were a goal down inside four minutes in the match at Dingwall thanks to an Anthony Stokes close-range effort, but recovered before the break through a superb Iain Vigurs strike, and Adams insists he was not upset at failing to beat the league title winners, but was more annoyed at not taking all three points.

"It's frustrating from the point of view that we've not won the match," said Adams.

"We had a couple of good chances to win it, and we didn't take them. But being frustrated at not beating the champions is maybe taking it a bit too far.

We played well against them today, and I thought that it was an entertaining match. It was end-to-end at some points in the game.

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Interview - Ross County manager Derek Adams

"There was goalmouth action, which is what the fans came here to see.

"We lost an early goal, and that's something we didn't want, then Vigurs picked up a ball and slewed it in to the top corner. I'm delighted for him and the team.

The Highland side now face a trip to Fir Park to take on second-placed Motherwell, followed by the visit of their local rivals Inverness Caledonian Thistle as they aim to creep into the top three and secure a Europa League qualification slot.

Adams insists the club's league position is testament to the hard work of the Ross County staff and players, but theultimate aim of the season was to remain in the top-flight.

"It's amazing, with two games to go," said Adams.

"At the start of the season if someone had said it, you wouldn't have believed them - that's how far we've come this season.

"This season was all about survival, and we've done much better than that."

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