Ross County manager Malky Mackay insists he isn’t feeling the pressure despite results not going in his side’s favour so far this season – affirming that he is “really happy” with how the season has started.
The Staggies are one of three Premiership sides yet to pick up their first win of the season but the former Scottish FA performance director is confident County will be fine if they continue to perform as they have this season.
Mackay pointed to 20 minutes against Rangers and 45 minutes against Hibs when he’s been unhappy this season but, other than that, he’s happy with how his players are going about their business after narrowly avoiding the drop last season.
“To be honest with you, not at all. I am looking at performances, I am looking every week at the way we play,” Mackay said when asked if he felt under pressure to start winning.
“Looking at the last couple of games, the way we are playing and the chances we are creating, I am really happy.
“If I look at it overall, the first half against Hibs and maybe 20 minutes against Rangers I was distinctly unhappy with. Honestly, after that, I cannot be unhappy with my team over the six games with the way we have played, the teams we have played, the chances we have created.
“And on Saturday, against a team that were top of the league, in form, coming up here with five attackers on the pitch, trying to blow us off the pitch, and for it to be end to end, and we probably should have nicked it in the last minute, I have got to be happy with the way we are playing.
“If we do that over a period of time, we will be okay.”
“Anyone can beat anyone”
While County have yet to taste their first win of the season, Mackay insists the league has shown so far that “anyone can beat anyone” in the Premiership.
As he prepares to take his side to Fir Park to face Motherwell this afternoon, he is confident his players can cause problems for the Steelmen and get three points on the board.
“Every week, I think it’s a league where anyone can beat anyone,” he added. “I think that’s been shown, from day one of the season to now.
“If you look at ourselves, how close we have run a couple of teams and some of the results we have had, I don’t think that’s got any sign of changing over the next period going forward.
“Obviously teams are going to hit runs of form and you have the big two, because of the size of their squads, and the finances they have got, eventually that cream rises to the top.
“But a lot of teams at the moment can cause other teams problems and you can see that.”
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