They may have fired blanks at one end- but Steven Ferguson was happy with how Ross County did against Hearts at the other.

The two bottom six sides played out a 0-0 draw in Dingwall. County arguably had the better of the chances but neither the Staggies or the Jambos could find a crucial goal.

Ferguson's side fended off Hearts.

Ferguson’s side fended off Hearts. (Photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

It was an improved performance from the Global Energy Stadium side after their 1-0 Scottish Cup defeat to Ayr United. Against a ‘dangerous’ Hearts side, County co-boss Ferguson was pleased with how his side defended in the match.

“It was much improved from Saturday. We asked the players for a reaction, and to get back to the principles we believe in,” said Ferguson.


“I felt from the start right to the finish you could see that in abundance. I felt we were really unlucky not to go in at half-time ahead, I thought we were excellent in the first half and created a good few chances without managing to get a goal.

A scrap. (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

“The pleasing thing for Stuart and I was the intensity we played at, the body language and everything off the ball. We did well on the ball as well. We wanted three points. On another day we might have got them, but we didn’t.

“On the back of what we asked of the players, I don’t think they could have done any more. Hearts are always dangerous – they are full of good players and they are a huge club. We always know we are going to need a bit of luck, and we are going to need to defend really well if we are not concede.

“We kept that clean sheet and rightly so. Everybody will credit the back four and goalkeeper with that, but I thought the midfield four in front of that and two strikers contributed to us being really difficult to play through.

Marcus Fraser was impressive. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“Collectively we felt we defended our goal well, so we were pleased with that.”

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