By Ben Banks and David Buick

Stuart Kettlewell has warned his Ross County players that they can’t let their efforts drop as low as they did against Ayr United again after a Scottish Cup exit.

The Premiership Staggies have been knocked out the cup by the Championship Honest Men. A Steven Bell effort was all it took to sink the Highland outfit.

It’s a sore one for Kettlewell who’s urged his players to learn from this disappointing defeat to lower league opposition.

“Ayr deserved to go into the next round of the cup,” said Kettlewell. “I thought it was miles off what we expect, it’s miles off what we’ve seen in the last two years doing this job.

“We’ve just said to the players that they’ll give themselves a major problem if we approach games in that manner again. We knew the pitfalls of this game, a Premiership team against a Championship team.

Disappointed with his Ross County men. (Photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“If you don’t approach it right you’re going to get what you deserve. I didn’t see an energy about our team, an aggression, there was no contact in the first half with our opponents.

“We have to shoulder the blame and accept that it was nowhere near good enough. It needs to be a wakeup call because we won’t accept that.”

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