Ross County: Manager Jim McIntyre targets winning run

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland
Raffaele De Vita is congratulated after netting against Partick Thistle
Raffaele De Vita scored as Ross County secured a crucial win over Partick Thistle at the weekend

Jim McIntyre has challenged his Ross County players to build on the back-to-back wins that have lifted them off the bottom of the Premiership table.

The Staggies followed a 3-2 victory over Motherwell with a 3-1 weekend triumph over Partick Thistle.

They are now level on 18 points with St Mirren and Well, with Partick also now potentially in the relegation battle.

"It's two good results but that's all it is, we've got to keep building," manager McIntyre told BBC Scotland.

"We're certainly in good form, we've shown that in the last couple of games.

"Thistle are still seven points ahead of us so we've got it all to do, we know that."

Prior to the win over Motherwell, County's previous victory came way back in September, against Saturday's opponents Dundee.

"The confidence levels have definitely taken an upsurge," added McIntyre. "We need to make sure that we continue doing what we're doing.

"One thing we said to the players was, 'can we get back-to-back results and the picture of the table could change very quickly'.

Craig Curran scores for Ross County
Recent signing Craig Curran scored the opener against Partick Thistle on Saturday

"All of a sudden we're back on level points with the other two teams.

"What we need to do is try and put another good result together on Saturday. We know that will be difficult as Dundee are a team who are very capable.

"If we don't get a good result, we could quite easily be back to the bottom of the pile."

County made a number of singings during the January transfer window, with some of those additions making significant contributions to recent form.

"[Raffaele] De Vita has had a couple of outstanding games since he came into the team," he said.

"Craig Curran has been doing a power of work up front. It was great to see him get his goal on Saturday as well. Albeit he'll never hit another penalty as long as he lives (following his miss at Firhill).

"They have given the squad a lift. You can even see with the players that have been left out how much they're at it in training as well.

"That's what you need. You need that competition. Sometimes a couple of signings can just stimulate the squad."