Ross County good enough to survive, says Jim McIntyre

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland
Ross County defender Paul Quinn
It's been a disappointing season so far for Paul Quinn and Ross County

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre hopes rival sides write his team off as they enter what he feels is a "crucial" run of games.

Bottom side County, who are six points adrift, host fellow strugglers Motherwell on Saturday.

"The signings we've made have strengthened us in the window, albeit a couple of them need a bit more fitness to get up to speed," McIntyre said.

"I firmly believe that we're good enough."

And he added: "I hope they write us off because I've got a firm belief that we're good enough to get out of it."

The Staggies have come through a particularly challenging run of games against the top three in the Premiership, with just one point to show for their efforts.

County lost 4-0 to second-place Aberdeen on Saturday after drawing with Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who are third, and narrowly losing to leaders Celtic.

"We've just got to bounce back," McIntyre told BBC Scotland. "We knew it was a real tough run of games with Celtic, Inverness and Aberdeen.

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre
McIntyre took over from Derek Adams in September

"The two sides above us have still got games to play against those top sides.

"It's now or never. The next six-to-eight weeks are absolutely crucial.

"It's so important that we try and make up the points in that period and get ourselves going into the split with a good chance.

"We're coming into a run of games now that we feel that we're capable of winning. The other teams will be thinking the same."

County's home record this season has been abysmal, with one win being the only points registered in Dingwall.

"We've always known that our home form has got to improve and there's no better time," added McIntyre.

"Being the home team [against Motherwell] we want to take the game and win the match. It's a definite 'must-not-lose' as far as I'm concerned.

"There are still obviously 13 games to go after it which is a lot of points to play for but for momentum and confidence it'd be a real shot in the arm if we go and get the victory."