Ross County V St Johnstone at Victoria Park : Match Preview

15 February 2013 06:01
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Lawson keen to maintain form

Paul Lawson is looking for Ross County to keep their momentum going when St Johnstone visit in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

Last year's Irn-Bru First Division champions are unbeaten in their last six games and are in ninth place in the table following last week's 2-0 win over bottom side Dundee at Dens Park, which came with the help of a goal from midfielder Lawson.

Saints are in fourth place but only four points ahead of County and the former Celtic player is looking to get into the top half of the table.

"We've got the top six in our sights, you want to finish as high as you can," he said.

"We'll take each game as it comes but in the longer term it would be great to finish up there

"It's been a great run, each game brings even more confidence and the games of late have pushed up the table which has been nice.

"Obviously it takes time to settle in to the SPL, we started well but then had a little dip in form.

"However we've responded well and are concentrating of keeping the run going and if we can keep it going then it would be great.

"As the table show there's nothing between the teams.

"St Johnstone got a good result away to Hibs on Monday but it's all about us and, as I said, we want to keep our unbeaten run going."

County winger Ivan Sproule (hamstring) remains a doubt while fellow midfielder Iain Vigurs is suspended.

However, captain Richard Brittain will play despite signing a pre-contract agreement with Saints.

Manager Derek Adams said: "It's a difficult game for him but I'm sure he will get through it and do well, and he'll want to show his new employers what a good player he is."

St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas insists he is not looking beyond a top six spot this season despite the possibility of finding themselves joint-second in the SPL this weekend.

Victory over County, combined with a draw in the match between Motherwell and Inverness, would allow Saints to pull level on points with Caley Thistle in the coveted runners-up position.

But, with a tough seven days ahead, including a meeting with league leaders Celtic, Lomas is taking nothing for granted.

He said: "We would like to get top six again. We had a taste of it last year so we would like to get there again.

"Its very tight and we`ve got a very big week Ross County away, Celtic at home and St Mirren at home.

"Ross County are probably one of the form teams and so are St Mirren. Playing Celtic in-between is going to be tough.

"We are under no illusions that we are probably going to have to win at least another three or four games to get into that top six.

"The old cliche comes in that you are only looking at one game.

"We`ve got three games in seven days, which will stretch us and everybody in the squad will have to play a part.

"We`re not really focusing past that."

St Johnstone make the trip to Dingwall boosted by an impressive 3-1 win over Hibernian at Easter Road on Monday night.

Lomas said: "Confidence should be high, it was a good performance.

"But it`s gone now, it`s put to bed, and well have to try to repeat it now.

"I don`t think Ross County have been beaten since the turn of the year.

"They are a very efficient side and the manager has brought in four or five very good signings, he`s probably been the busiest of the managers in the SPL.

"All credit to them, they are a decent, well-organised team."

Saints skipper Dave Mackay is rated doubtful for the game. Mackay sat out Monday's win over Hibernian with a calf injury and could miss the trip to Dingwall.

Source: PA