Ross County co-manager Stuart Kettlewell was left impressed by Staggies forward Lee Erwin after his performance in a 2-2 draw with Hamilton.

The visitors took the lead within the first minute after Barry McKay opened the scoring. Accies fought back from this setback through Lewis Smith and George Oakley efforts.

Oakley netted for Accies. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

With just minutes to go, Brian Graham netted his third league goal of the season to secure a point for Kettlewell’s side.

Speaking after the game, Kettlewell has branded the result as ‘bittersweet’: “We were really buoyed by the point last week away to Hibs and obviously coming back from two goals down we thought we could’ve managed the game so much better than what we did.

“In the second half you could see quite clearly that Hamilton threw everything at us. They used two physical strikers and tried to play off knockdowns and that tested us.

Accies tested County. (Photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“I just feel we could have passed the ball better at times, especially when I look at our second goal – you won’t see a better one this weekend in terms of the number of passes and the quality of the finish.

 

“We found it difficult to speak to the players afterwards. We’re happy about coming away with a point given the situation we found ourselves in but we didn’t play in the second half until we scored.”

Erwin impresses Kettlewell on Ross County debut

On what was his first start and first appearance for Ross County, Erwin played 63 minutes before being hooked for eventual goalscorer Brian Graham.

Erwin returned to the fold. (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

The ex-Motherwell and Kilmarnock striker arrived in the summer but hasn’t featured until now. Kettlewell was impressed by what he saw from the forward. He helped create County’s opening goal

Speaking about Erwin, Kettlewell said: “Scoring so early in a match is unheard of for us and I was delighted to see that big Lee Erwin was involved.

“He’s had a long road back to fitness and we believe he can be a huge player for us. He played his part in the build-up and it was good to see Billy McKay scoring again because some of his recent performances have merited a goal.”

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