Published: 07/09/2017 12:30 - Updated: 06/09/2017 11:50

Ross County boss McIntyre - One magic moment can sting Jags

Written byPaul Chalk

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre.JIM McIntyre hopes his ‘game-changers’ can put Partick Thistle to the sword – and stay strong to ensure they net three precious Ladbrokes Premiership points on Saturday.

The Ross County manager will aim to steer his players to their first win in five fixtures after four straight losses left them in ninth spot.

Their last game ended in a low-key 3-1 home loss against Rangers and, as well as not gifting goals as happened that afternoon, McIntyre wants his men to take their chances against rock-bottom Partick at Dingwall.

He explained: "We are still creating opportunities to score goals and that’s the most important thing. The game is about winning, so we have to make sure we’re being ruthless when the opportunities come our way.

"The league is so tight in terms of the ability in each squad and the game-changers within your squad have to produce when we get those moments. Equally, we need to ensure we are being ruthless at the back.

"It is about striking the balance at both ends. We need to take our chances to put the ball in the net more often and go and get the first goal, that’s very important, but it’s very early in the season and it is important we stick to what our goal is and go out and get a positive result."

Partick have yet to get off the mark, but there were plenty of positives to glean from their performance in their last match as they were edged out 4-3 by early league leaders Aberdeen at Firhill.

Their last three games saw them edged out by a single goal, so McIntyre, who is urging the home fans to raise the roof, isn’t expecting the Jags heads to be down on arrival on Saturday.

He said: "Thistle were a bit like ourselves against Aberdeen where we played very well for long periods. It again boils down to the fine margins. Thistle, rightly so, got their top six place last season. This season has not started the way they’ve wanted, but their games have been very close, losing by the odd goal here and there. 

"They have also had a lot of good play within those games, a bit like ourselves. We know we will be facing a team that is not down in confidence and they will be desperate to get that first win on board."

Following the international break, the Staggies squad have returned with energy and purpose to the training ground and the boss feels there’s no need to pick them up.

He explained: "It has been a long couple of weeks. It always is during the international break, especially when you have not had a positive result going into it. You can already see a difference in the training this week because there is a goal to play for in terms of Saturday’s game.

"The players know when there is an international break the focus is not as it always is when you don’t have a game, which is totally understandable. The boys are refreshed and we’re looking forward to the Thistle game."

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