Kettlewell hails Ross character
Ross County midfielder Stuart Kettlewell was delighted with the
manner of Saturday’s victory over Hibernian at Global Energy
Leigh Griffith’s seventh goal of the season gave Hibs and early
lead but Kettlewell soon levelled with his first goal in the top
Iain Vigurs gave County the lead 11 minutes from the break but
on the stroke of half-time the Hibees hit back though James
The match could have gone either way in the second half and
Griffiths and Vigurs were both denied by the woodwork. But with
just seven minutes remaining County substitute Colin McMemanin
popped up with the winner to make it 3-2.
Kettlewell, who has now scored in every division in Scotland,
was delighted with the character shown in the win.
“The boys are over the moon with the victory and the manner of
the win,” he said.
“We were a wee bit disappointed with the goals we lost, but we
were really positive in the first half.
“We had to soak up a bit of pressure in the second half but we
managed to get the sucker punch goal and it was a fantastic result
Kettlewell also spoke of the belief the players had of bouncing
back from three straight defeats.
“We went a goal down but I thought we were the better side and
came right back into it and created a lot of chances,” he said.
“It showed the character we have in the dressing room after a
few hard results in recent weeks.
“We have done well to bounce back. We spoke about it beforehand
and said we didn’t want to keep losing games, especially on the
back of a 40-match unbeaten run.
“People were looking to see how we would react after losing a
few but we showed great character and answered a few questions out
“We have confidence we can move ourselves up the league. We
don’t want to be looking below us and this is a step in the right
“If you talk about just staying up, you are asking for
“There is nothing between most of the teams in the division. We
lost three on the bounce but we scored four goals at St Mirren but
lost a freak result.
On his goal, he added: “It is great, that’s me scored in every
division now, so it is a massive plus. There are not many players
who have done it, I guess you could call me a journeyman.”
Hibs defender, James McPake said: “We dominated the second half
and I thought we were going to nick it at the end.
“Unfortunately it went the other way and we have a long trip
down the road with no point.
“It was frustrating because we lost three goals all to mistakes.
It’s not been par for the season, we have been quite strong at
doing the basics but unfortunately this time we made three errors