Ross County 'not feeling pressure', says captain Richie Brittain

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland
Ross County skipper Richie Brittain
County's next two games are at home to Partick Thistle and St Mirren

Ross County captain Richie Brittain is adamant that he and his team-mates are not feeling the pressure of being in a relegation battle.

"You can't afford to let it get to you because, if you do, you might as well give up and hang up your boots for the season," Brittain told BBC Scotland.

"That's not the attitude that we want to have. We've got no other choice.

"We've got to keep battling away and keep trying to put points on the board."

The Dingwall side have been in the relegation or play-off place in the Scottish Premiership all season, but Brittain said they have plenty of fight left.

"That's the type of players we've got in the dressing-room and that's the way we'll continue to act for the remainder of the season," he said.

Richie Brittain celebrates with team-mates Rocco Quinn and Michael Gardyne
Richie Brittain celebrates a County goal with team-mates Rocco Quinn and Michael Gardyne in a win over Dundee in September

County have won only one match at home all season - a 2-1 win over Dundee in September - and lost the other eight games at home in the league.

They are bottom of the table, behind St Mirren on goal difference alone.

"We need to start winning more points at home," Brittain admitted. "We need to make this a really difficult place to be as it has been over however many seasons.

"Teams don't relish coming up north. We've got to make this a difficult place to come."

County manager Jim McIntyre is looking for his side to be more consistent and build on the battling weekend draw against Dundee - achieved despite being down to 10 men for the majority of the game.

New signing Craig Curran made a scoring debut, but his manager conceded it was not his scoring ability that initially attracted him to the former Nuneaton Town striker.

"His goal-scoring record is not prolific," he said. "We brought him here hoping he will score, but the other facets of his game attracted us to him.

"He's different to what we've got. He really makes sure the backline know they've been in a game.

"He constantly pressurises defenders, which in turn helps your whole team move up the park."

McIntyre reiterated that he is pursuing new signings to add quality to his squad.

"We're working hard behind the scenes to bring one or two players in," he said.

"The players that we bring in have got to be better than the ones we've got.

"There's no use signing like for like. You've got to improve the quality in the squad and add to the good players that we already have here."

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