Ross County: Jake Jervis hoping for response in Scottish Cup

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland
Jake Jervis
Jake Jervis has scored three goals for Ross County since joining the club in the summer

Jake Jervis insists losing to St Johnstone will not derail Ross County's revival as they prepare to head to Perth again on Scottish Cup duty.

County claimed four of the eight points they have earned this term in the three games before Saturday's 2-1 defeat.

And Jervis reckons the Staggies are still full of belief.

"We've kept our confidence and you could see at Kilmarnock [3-0 win for County] how confident the team were," Jervis told BBC Scotland.

The 23-year-old added: "In the second half on Saturday, it was the same, but it's about having that high tempo from the start and that's what's going to make the difference."

Jim McIntyre's Dingwall outfit visit McDiarmid Park again this weekend in the Scottish Cup and Jervis hopes his side have learned lessons from the weekend defeat.

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre on facing St Johnstone again
"It's a completely different game, we've watched the video back and the players know they more than matched St Johnstone. The difference is they took their chances."

"You go away and see the positives we can take from the game, what we did well, so we want to capitalise on that going into the next game and work on the things we didn't do so well," added the striker, who scored County's goal against Saints.

The Staggies remain bottom of the Premiership table, level on points with St Mirren.

They were still without a point when McIntyre replaced the sacked Derek Adams in September and Jervis says the players are enjoying working under the former Queen of the South boss.

"Every player has to buy into the manager's ideas and obviously there are times when people don't at certain clubs, but here it's been great and all the lads have taken to it straight away," he said.

"We've improved as a team, we're keeping the ball a lot better and are playing better football."

Boss McIntyre, meanwhile, is looking forward to another date with St Johnstone and he knows from painful personal experience that the Cup holders will be right up for Saturday's fourth-round tie.

"It's a completely different game, we've watched the video back and the players know they more than matched St Johnstone,"he suggested. "The difference is they took their chances.

"They're the Cup holders and they will be desperate not to get knocked out at the first time of asking.

"I've been there as a player at Kilmarnock when we won it and then got knocked out by our rivals, Ayr United, the next year and it's a horrible feeling."

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