Ross County: Tony Dingwall praised for added goal threat

Tony Dingwall celebrates scoring against Motherwell
Tony Dingwall broke his scoring duck for Ross County by scoring against Motherwell

Weekend Ross County hero Tony Dingwall has been praised for responding to his manager's call for more goals.

The 20-year-old's double, his second coming late into stoppage time, handed the team from the town that shares his surname a 2-2 draw with Motherwell.

Boss Jim McIntyre said: "The one thing we've said to Tony is that his recent performances have been really good - 'can you be more of a goal threat?'.

"And he certainly took that on board on Saturday with two great finishes."

Those were Dingwall's first goals for the club, the midfielder having broken into the side in August after the sacking of then manager Derek Adams.

"It was instinctive stuff, which is what we've been working on," said McIntyre of the striker, who has now made seven appearances for the Scottish Premiership side.

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre
"Hamilton have got good players, they move the ball well, high energy, so we know it will be a difficult game."

"He is dynamic. He is very good at running with the ball, can put defenders easily off balance and he has a goal in him, which you saw on Saturday.

"He has been excellent."

The draw at Fir Park lifted County off the bottom of the Scottish Premiership table for the first time since the second game of the season and ended a run of three straight defeats.

McIntyre had been talking prior to the match about the need for County to capitalise on what he believes is impressive lead-up play.

"When you look at the stats and attempts on goal and off target, we are doing well, but there's no doubt we need to convert more of them," he told BBC Scotland.

Hamilton Academical, who lie fifth and beat County 4-0 at New Douglas Park in August, are their next opponents, at Victoria Park on Saturday.

"It is a big challenge," admitted McIntyre. "Hamilton have been excellent and a great addition to the league.

"What a fantastic start they had. They had a mini-blip recently, but that was sorted out on Saturday with another good victory over Dundee.

"They've got good players, they move the ball well, high energy, so we know it will be a difficult game."