Jim McIntyre relishes Ross County resilience

By Charles BannermanBBC Scotland at Victoria Park
Liam Boyce
Liam Boyce scored a hat-trick for Ross County against Dundee

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre hailed the character of his players after they came from behind twice to defeat Dundee 5-2 at Victoria Park.

Liam Boyce struck a hat-trick for the hosts in what became a comfortable win.

"One thing I know that we've got in the dressing room is character and they keep showing it week in, week out," McIntyre told BBC Scotland.

"The adversity of going behind then that character to keep doing the right things, I felt that won us the match."

McIntyre also had a lot of praise for Boyce who followed his equaliser with County's fourth and fifth goals.

"His finishing is top drawer," said the manager. "He knows where to find space and generally puts it away. He does the hard part very well and we're working on the other parts of his game where we feel he can get better."

Boyce too was at pains to emphasise the mental resilience in the County team, having bagged his second treble of 2015 - his first, and the first by a Ross County player in Scotland's top flight, coming against St Mirren in April.

"It showed the character we have in the team," said Boyce. "I scored a good goal as well but first and foremost it was about getting the three points.

"The chances came along and the last couple of weeks we've been missing chances, which has cost us points, but this week in the first half we should have been two or three up, maybe.

"To get another match ball is unbelievable."

Kane Hemmings scores for Dundee
Kane Hemmings scored twice for Dundee

However there was less comfort and joy for Dundee manager Paul Hartley who saw this game as the complete reverse of the previous Saturday's 4-0 eclipse of Hamilton Academical.

"We had a great start and took the lead and we got back in and took the lead for a second time, but we just didn't keep our focus and our concentration," he said.

"The defending was shambolic at times. The goals we gave away, the defensive part of it, we have to look at ourselves and see how we can do better."

However, Hartley did see some positives in the combination of Greg Stewart and Kane Hemmings, which led to both his side's goals.

"The goals that Greg set up led to two great finishes but it's the other side of it," added Hartley. It's a team game and we didn't perform well as a team.

"Last week was good. We looked solid and we looked defensively solid, but this week was a different scenario."

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