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Ross: Our Run Of Form Isn’t Acceptable

Jack Ross shared his frustration after his side recorded a fifth straight cinch Premiership defeat.

A second-half strike from Blair Spittal condemned his side to defeat in what was a close-encounter at Dingwall.

After the game, our manager gave his thoughts and detailed what went wrong for his side.

“I’m not happy in terms of losing the game. We need to start winning league games. The run we’re on at the moment isn’t acceptable. We want to be much higher up the league table and to do that we need to start winning games.

“Performance-wise, in the first half I thought we were good. We created good opportunities but didn’t capitalise on them.

“At half-time I wasn’t satisfied because I felt we should’ve been ahead but there was a platform to go on and win the game, we just needed that extra energy, intensity and a finishing touch to the performance.

“In the second half, I didn’t think we got to the same performance level, albeit we looked comfortable.

“It was only the last 10 minutes of the game where we gave up opportunities but that was because we were a man short and chasing the game. Prior to that, we were ok, but we need to be better than ok to win games.”

Christian Doidge came on in the second half, but his league return was cut short after he received a straight red for violent conduct.

“I’ve not seen it again,” said Jack Ross. “But from my position I thought it was harsh. The referee has told us it was for violent conduct, but I need to watch it again and then we can deal with it accordingly.

“If we think we’ve been hard done by then we will protect Christian, if not then we can’t show that ill-discipline. I need to look at it properly to form that opinion.

“The red card made the last part of the game harder being a goal down. We had to get the ball forward quickly and to get it in the box, but we lost a striker and a player with a real presence, so it made that stage of the game even more difficult. We still put some good balls into the box during that period, but we lacked that out and out striker if you like.”

After the final whistle, we received a second dismissal with Martin Boyle seeing red.

“He’s been sent off for dissent,” admitted our manager.

“The referee told me that it was for something that was said directly towards him, whereas Martin’s opinion was that it was something said about his performance.

“The language was consistent, however, there’s a difference in terms of the referee’s opinion and what Martin said.

“It’s one we have to look at as well, as at the minute it’s one person’s word against another and I’m not sure how that pans out.

“If I believe he’s correct in what he’s said, then I’ll support him. If not, then that ill-discipline can’t be tolerated because we’re in a busy period and have a tough schedule.”