Hampden Heartache Fires Up County

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Hampden Heartache Fires Up County


Byline: ALASDAIR FRASER

MARTIN SCOTT last night warned Hampden conquerors Dundee United that Ross County are relishing the chance of another giant-killing act under the Victoria Park lights.

The midfielder scored a wonderful clincher in the shock Scottish Cup semi-final victory over Celtic in April, before the minnows fell at the final hurdle against Peter Houston's men.

Eager to prove in tonight's Co-operative Insurance Cup tie that they are better than that 3-0 beating suggested, Derek Adams' side go in search of a fifth SPL scalp in just over a year -- having also beaten Hamilton, Hibernian and St Mirren.

And Scott insists all the pressure is on United, just four months after that Hampden occasion. The 24-year-old said: 'United are the Scottish Cup holders, so it will be great having that calibre of team coming north.

'I'm sure we will have a plan up our sleeves to make it as difficult as possible for them.

'We seem to do well in these kind of games, especially at Victoria Park under the lights.

'SPL teams come up here and have a wee go at us, which we enjoy. The onus is on them to break us down. However, the bigger teams also seem to get a wee shock when they see we try to play and are not just content with sitting in and defending.

'The boys were delighted when the draw paired us with United. People maybe think we froze a bit in the cup final, so it's an excellent chance to show we are a good side capable of matching the third-best team in the SPL. …

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