Ross County manager John Hughes says a fast start handed his side the fuel they needed to go on and convincingly beat Aberdeen 4-1.

An Oli Shaw double coupled with goals from Jermaine Hylton and Charlie Lakin settled a great victory for Hughes’ men, one that lifts them out of the relegation zone.

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Ross County beat Aberdeen 4-1. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Hughes believes that starting on the front foot, opening the scoring inside 60 seconds, was the catalyst for his side in Dingwall: “Getting off to a fantastic start certainly helped us – and that’s something we’ve been looking for. Somebody mentioned our home record and I hadn’t realised it was as poor in the league.

“But I have said we need to make this a fortress and start picking up results. Tactically, I felt we got it spot on, with the three attackers, who had plenty of pace in them. We gambled, we sucked it in and hit on the counter and we played it over the top of them and it worked for us a treat.

“These players have good legs in them and I’m really pleased. Even at the Celtic game, welcome back to football, I liked what I saw. The St Mirren game, for 30 minutes we were the better team.

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Good shape. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Our solid shape never changes too much and they play off it. We beat Hibs with a good performance and away to Livingston, we weren’t far away. I take it one game at a time, I never let the players get carried away. We won’t win every game but the opponent will know they have been in a game.”

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