Ross County V Kilmarnock at Victoria Park : Match Preview
31 August 2012 06:31
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Kettlewell: County need to build on impressive start
Ross County midfielder Stuart Kettlewell is relishing the challenge of adapting to life in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
County manager Derek Adams received the manager of the month award this week after the Irn-Bru First Division champions stretched their unbeaten league record to 38 matches.
The Dingwall side have only conceded one goal in four games against Motherwell, Aberdeen, Celtic and Dundee and are looking for their first home win in the SPL when they face Kilmarnock tomorrow.
Kettlewell, who was suspended for the first two matches of the season, said: "It's great. I know personally that standards have got to go up.
"We have got to work harder and got to be better in passing the ball.
"We know any mistakes are punished more so in the Premier League than the First Division.
"We know we need to take more care of the ball because when the opposition get it, you can be punished.
"We have made a great start and are doing all the right things. It's up to us to keep improving and doing the right things."
Both sides are looking to bounce back from Scottish Communities League Cup defeats in midweek.
County lost 4-1 at home to Raith Rovers after Adams made nine changes while holders Kilmarnock were dumped out of the competition by Stenhousemuir.
County have more scope to change things though with only winger Mark Corcoran missing through injury while Killie saw left-back Jeroen Tesselaar added to an injury list that has already deprived them of several key players.
"Every game is going to be tough here," Kettlewell said. "We are going to come up against good sides week in, week out.
"We know all about Kilmarnock. They like to get the ball out from the back. It's up to us to see if we can do something about that and maybe stop them playing their style of football and implement our game.
Danny Racchi described Kilmarnock's midweek Scottish Communities League Cup defeat at home by Second Division part-timers Stenhousemuir, which came as more of a shock given Killie had beaten Dundee United 3-1 at Rugby Park the previous weekend, as a bad day at the office and is looking to get back on track against County.
Racchi will clock up another first in Scottish football when he visits Victoria Park but is expecting a tough test against the SPL new boys whose 38-game unbeaten league run extends over a year.
He said: "We know what they are like from last season.
"They had a really good season and I watched them against Celtic recently, so we know how good they are.
"We have to go there and do a job because we want to start getting the results.
"Obviously we did really well against a good Dundee United side last week but hopefully we can carry on and get a few more points on the board."