The Staggies claimed their first victory on the road today after coming from 1-0 down to win 2-1 against high-flying Motherwell. Goals from substitute Brian Graham and Ross Stewart steering the Staggies to their second win in as many weeks.
In what was a fairly tense affair the first half saw Ross County rack up 6 shots to the hosts 3. Michael Gardyne, making his 400th Staggies appearance had the best chance of the opening 45. Fraser made a good run down the right and sent in a menacing ball which Gardyne met with his head. However, his header went just over Gillespie’s bar.
The second half would prove to be where all the entertainment would lie. Just after the hour the home team would take the lead. Neat passing play on the edge of the box saw the ball fall to Allan Campbell. Campbell calmly curled the ball across goal and beyond the reaching arm of Laidlaw sending the Fir Park crowd in to ecstasy.
Goals alter games and just moments after Campbell’s opener, Stuart Kettlewell and Steven Ferguson made a double change. Spittal and Chalmers were deployed for Paton and Henderson with Brian Graham replacing Tom Grivosti 8 minutes later.
The changes would prove to be a stroke of genius from the Staggies management. 3 minutes after coming on Brian Graham found himself equalising for Ross County. After a driving run from Michael Gardyne, he slipped in Graham who was unmarked and coolly slotted the ball across Gillespie and in to the bottom left hand corner.
Motherwell would be dealt another hammer blow just 2 minutes after the equaliser as Jake Carroll saw red for two yellows. His first for a bad tackle on Ross Stewart as the County striker was running beyond him and the second, just 60 seconds later, for a rash late tackle on Stewart again.
County went searching for a winner and would find it with 2 minutes left on the clock. Richard Foster beat his man at half way before driving forward with the ball and crossing to the back post where Ross Stewart was only too willing to head back across Gillespie and in to the back of the net.
Todays victory not only sees Ross County win their second game in a row but take the Staggies points total in to double figures ahead of a tough trip to Rugby Park next weekend.