Getting to know your back four is key for any goalkeeper and that rings true for Chelsea loanee Nathan Baxter at Ross County too.
The Staggies’ adopted keeper has made himself the club’s number one since returning from injury. He kept his first clean sheet at the weekend during a dramatic 1-0 win over Kilmarnock.
An unchanged XI has been fielded in their last two games, coinciding with two victories on the spin against top six opposition. It’s good momentum building heading into the busy Christmas period.
Baxter says that featuring with the same back four is a plus as the Chelsea loanee expressed his pleasure over how ‘solid’ County have looked in recent weeks.
“I’m delighted with the clean sheet and it’s a massive win for the boys,” Baxter said after the win over Killie. “I think getting the goal that late made it that bit sweeter.
“I made one good save but their goalkeeper was tested more than me. The lads in front did a good job. We worked a lot on our defensive line and organisation and it has paid off. But we played nice football as well. We played out the back which we haven’t done for a while.
“The last two games the team has been unchanged and we looked solid, we’ve played some really nice stuff. It is not great for continuity if you’re chopping and changing.
“But if you’re not getting results then you have to do that. Now that we have results we have a consistent backline and for the first time we looked comfortable on the ball and the team have looked to use me more which was great.”