Published: 03/01/2013 02:00 - Updated: 01/05/2013 09:51

Draws are no negatives - Brittain

RICHARD Brittain is urging fans to take the positives from every point gained in their debut season in the Clydesdale Bank SPL.

Yesterday's (Wednesday's) Highland derby against Caley Thistle was called off, but before the other matches kicked off the Staggies were nine points clear of Dundee.

Saturday's game at home to Hearts was also postponed an hour before kick-off due to a waterlogged pitch.

County's previous fixture was a 1-0 win against Hibs, with Brittain netting with a rare header.

The Staggies skipper told the NS: "No-one at this club has been pushing the panic button this season. People tend to forget that draws are still putting points on the board. We got hammered by some people for drawing five of our first six games, but that's like a win and two draws.

"That surprises me that people are not happy when you get a draw, but no-one here is panicking. We knew that by putting points on the board we'd be OK."

Although gutted that the Hearts game was called off, the former Livingston and St Mirren midfielder explained that their recent win at Easter Road against Hibs showed there's no great gulf within the top division.

He explained: "That was a massive boost for us. It just shows how difficult a venue it is – Hibs have just beaten Celtic there at the weekend.

"For us to take three points from there was a fantastic achievement.

"I thought we were excellent that day – from Mark Brown in goals to Gary Glen up top. It again shows that there's not much between many of the teams in the SPL, out with Celtic."

County are now on a break with the rest of the SPL until January 19 when they travel to St Mirren.

The 29-year-old said: "During the break, we'll take stock and look at what has not gone OK for us and how we can improve, but also take the positives from the season we have had so far and try to build on that. It will be a time for reflection, but also a time to try and drive on and move up the table.

"Competition for places is always good.

"I am a great believer in that that always inspires players around you to kick on to a new level, so hopefully if the manager does bring in new players that will benefit the club as a whole."

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