Stuart Kettlewell says fans returning to the Global Energy Stadium is a welcome boost for his Ross County side.
The Staggies drew 1-1 with Livingston on Friday night, a goal from Oli Shaw cancelling out a Nicky Devlin effort. With tier one restrictions in place in the Highlands, some 300 fans got to watch the game in Dingwall.
It’s a step in the right direction as Scottish football looks to get back to normality. Kettlewell shares this view as he reflected on the 1-1 draw.
“There is a little tinge of disappointment, more so with that factor of getting our noses in front,” said Kettlewell. “We speak about trying to hold that lead and build on that, so it was a slight frustration we couldn’t keep that clean sheet.
“I thought so much of our play merited it. I felt we dealt with the combative nature of Livingston. We had a lot of young players out on the pitch and I felt they came out much better off the back of having to deal with that physical contact and energy they showed.
“There are a lot of positives to take, but we are in the business of trying to win games of football. We have to try and take that extra step, but Livingston had the better of the first 15 minutes of the second half which was when they scored.
“We need to come out of the traps better in the second half because I thought we were in control of the first half. I expected us to build on it, but it was a learning curve. It was a well-contested game with both teams going hammer and tongs in the last 10 minutes or so.
“The crowd made a difference. It was 300 people but it was just great to see supporters back in a ground. I am sure everything went without incident and maybe we can build on this in the coming weeks.”