Published: 30/11/2017 10:00 - Updated: 29/11/2017 16:10

Decision day for Ross County skipper Andrew Davies ahead of Dundee clash

Written byKenny MacDonald


Andrew Davies limped off in the draw with Hearts last weekend. Picture: Ken Macpherson.
Andrew Davies limped off in the draw with Hearts last weekend. Picture: Ken Macpherson.

 

ROSS County skipper Andrew Davies could be back in time to face Dundee despite limping out of the weekend Hearts clash.

A decision will be made today by Staggies manager Owen Coyle who agonised when Davies failed to respond to treatment for a calf injury in the Tynecastle tussle.

However, Coyle revealed: “Andrew Davies has responded well to the treatment.

“He has a chance for the weekend, which would be a great boost because he’s an outstanding player as well as a great captain.

“He is a real leader and somebody that’s a big part of what we’re doing so, hopefully we can have him available.

“That being said, Routis dropped back into centre back and acquitted himself very well.”

However, one player definitely out of the Dingwall collision with Dundee is Jim O’Brien who is injured and suspended for the weekend.

Coyle explained: “Jim has a one-game ban after an accumulation of bookings. He picked up his sixth booking against Celtic and it comes into effect two weeks thereafter.”

The Dingwall boss paid tribute to O’Brien ,who had a magnificent Cruyff-turn at Tynecastle to lose two defenders and set up Alex Schalk to net, only to be wrongly ruled offside.

Coyle said: “I’ve got to say, the turn from Jim O’Brien was worth the entrance money alone – it was a fantastic piece of skill.

“We then scored a perfectly good goal through Alex which was ruled offside.

Ross County manager Owen Coyle. Picture: Ken Macpherson.
Ross County manager Owen Coyle. Picture: Ken Macpherson.

 

“It was a different type of performance in a lot of respects – we had to be brave and stand up and be counted, and deal with the so-called pressure coming on to us.

“But I do think we didn’t pass the ball as well as we could, particularly in the second period and probably latterly in the first-half.

“When you lose your skipper you need to readjust, and then Jim O’Brien came out of the game with a hamstring tweak, so there were certainly reasons for that. But going to Tynecastle, for probably the proper opening of the stand given the rushed job that it was last week, it was all credit to the players. It’s another valuable point coming off the performance against Glasgow Celtic and the previous win.”

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