Dundee Utd 1-2 Ross County: Long way to go, says McIntyre

Filip Kiss and Jim McIntyre
County have won six of their last seven matches

Jim McIntyre was keen to stress that Ross County still have work to do in their pursuit of Scottish Premiership safety.

McIntyre's side beat Dundee United to move 10 points clear of Scottish Premiership bottom side St Mirren and remain three above Motherwell.

"The working environment's a happy place," the County boss told BBC Scotland.

"We're on a good positive run at the moment but there's a long way to go."

Jackson Irvine headed County ahead at Tannadice only for Nadir Ciftci to level from the spot.

Another Irvine header was kept out by goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak but Raffaele De Vita netted the rebound to secure victory for the Dingwall side.

"United came out the traps flying and had us under severe pressure and we had to cope with that," explained McIntyre, whose side are unbeaten in seven.

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara
Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara has not seen his side win since early February

"I thought we actually scored against the run of play with a well-worked corner and then we started to grow into the match.

"Winning football matches makes you feel good about yourself. Even when we weren't getting results, they were still doing the right things and trying the right things.

"Every point's a prisoner at the moment for us and we'll get ourselves ready for Tuesday night now against St Johnstone."

United boss Jackie McNamara lamented the loss of what he regarded as soft goals.

"Disappointed because I don't think we deserved to lose the game," he said.

"I don't there were many opportunities in the game to score goals. Unfortunately, they've had two free headers and it's been costly."

The Tangerines have not won in their last nine and the build-up to Saturday's game had been overshadowed by a dispute between the club and supporters groups over recent transfer dealings.

"I would say it's affected me in certain ways but it doesn't affect the way we go and perform on the pitch," added McNamara.

"My stuff's personal and I'll deal with that myself.

"I still believe I have the players there to win games.

"It's a derby [against Dundee on Wednesday evening]. That's an ideal preparation for me, a chance to go there against your local rivals and try and get the three points."