Ross County played some good stuff against St Johnstone – but a contrast in halves split the points in Dingwall according to John Hughes.

The Staggies drew 1-1 with the Saints as they moved level on points with 11th placed Motherwell, the bottom four in the Premiership separated by two points. Ross Draper put Hughes’ team ahead after 21 minutes before Craig Conway scored a penalty for the visitors five minutes later.

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A battle in the Highlands. (Photo by Sammy Turner/SNS Group via Getty Images)

While happy with the application from his side, Hughes says that the two 45 minute periods differed: “It was a game of two halves, first half I felt we were very good.

“But second half it was all St Johnstone and we were under the cosh, and stood up to it to be fair. Over the piece probably, a game of two halves and it was probably a fair result. We win together and lose together.

“I’m just happy with their {Ross County players} commitment, and {that} they’re digging in. I’m delighted with their spirit and desire.  We had a great result the other day against Hibs but one swallow doesn’t make a summer.

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Work to do yet at Ross County. (Photo by Sammy Turner/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“We still have so much work in front of us, but the players’ honesty and integrity, hard work and willingness, those are the ingredients that get you out of bed as a manager. You can’t wait to get into training because they work so hard.

“It has been a hard four games in 12 days and they need to rest up – we’ve picked up injuries when we’re not expecting it – but we just need to get on with it.”

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