Published: 23/01/2013 21:00 - Updated: 23/04/2013 09:38

County boss seeks travel hat-trick

DEREK Adams hopes his new-look Ross County side can stun bogey side Dundee United in the Clydesdale Bank SPL this weekend.

The Staggies manager, whose side have played three away games on the trot after two Dingwall postponements due to the weather, head to Tannadice to tackle the Terrors.

United, who crashed 4-0 at Celtic on Tuesday, have not lost to Ross County in their last nine meetings – since Adams himself netted in a Scottish League tie in 1998 at Victoria Park.

However, they have come close and left Tayside earlier this season with a goalless draw.

With strikers Ivan Sproule and Steffan Wohlfarth and Greek defender Evangelos Oikonomou added to the squad during the transfer window, Adams hopes they can snatch a third successive away SPL win following Saturday's 4-1 win at St Mirren and the pre-winter break 1-0 victory at Hibs.

Adams, who refused to be drawn on speculation linking him to Aberdeen and Dundee United, said: "This will be our fourth away game on the trot. It will be our 13th away game in the SPL, having only played nine at home. It's been tough in our first season.

"We'll be going there to cause an upset on Saturday and win the match. We worked hard over the winter break. We had a number of days off then we returned for eight or nine straight days. It's paid off. The players look sharp and fit and they are hungry."

Ex-Hibs ace Sproule netted twice on his debut in the weekend's 4-1 cruise at New St Mirren Park, with Sam Morrow and Richard Brittain also netting.

Adams said: "That's two back-to-back wins away from home. It was a very good performance and it was good for Ivan Sproule to get off the mark with a double strike and Evangelos Oikonomou played well in his first game as well. It was great for them to start off with a win.

"Ivan is quick and direct, that's something we wanted to add to the team. Not long ago, he was playing in the English Championship. He's a great addition to the squad.

"It was also good for Paul Lawson to get back in the side and for him to get 90 minutes under his belt. He performed well on Saturday after injury problems."

Captain Richard Brittain, yet again, led by example after retaining the armband days after agreeing a pre-contract move to St Johnstone.

Adams added: "Richard scored a great free-kick against St Mirren and he's as top performer for us.

"He's captain and we're delighted that he's here until the end of the season."

County, who await a work permit for 33-times capped Canadian defender Andre Hainault, were delighted to add former Bayern Munich reserve and Wehen Wiesbaden forward, Wohlfarth to their ranks this week.

Adams explained: "He's a strong striker with a good touch and good pedigree. It gives him the opportunity between now and the end of the season.

"This will give him the chance to settle. He's been training with us in the past two weeks and he looks decent."

The Victoria Park manager insists there could be more new faces arriving before the window shuts next Thursday.

He said: "We still have a bit to do yet. Hopefully we can get more done by the end of the transfer window. We're looking at areas throughout the squad."

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