Jack Ross anticipates an attractive fixture this afternoon at East End Park as his table-topping St Mirren side travel to Fife to face second-placed Dunfermline Athletic with the Buddies boss insisting it is too early to be looking at the table heading into this afternoon’s clash.
With just a few hours to go until kick off in Fife, Buddies Boss Jack Ross admits he is looking forward to the top=of-the-table clash.
“Yes, I am [looking forward to the match]. I think the game has a lot of attraction on it, particularly due to where both teams are situated currently in the league; the way both sides have been playing so far this season and the number of goals either team has scored too. We are looking forward to it, as are the players who have trained really well again this week.”
Ross knows how tough a test this will be against Allan Johnston’s men.
“They have had a terrific start. They enjoyed some good results in their League Cup section and they have carried that on in to the league. They carry a huge attacking threat, both centrally and from wide areas, so, we know we have to be at our best defensively to give ourselves an opportunity to win the game and hopefully that will allow us to express ourselves in the forward areas as we have done all season, as well.”
Looking back to last week’s match against Inverness, Ross responded:
“I think the game was very stretched – while that suits us to a degree, with the type of players we have in the team, it’d be nicer to have more control over a game like we had against [Dundee] United in our previous league game. You always want that but football doesn’t always work out that way: we know we have played well as a whole team recently and we know we will have to defend well as a whole team again on Saturday if we are to get anything out of the game.”
Five matches into the season, Ross couldn’t have asked anything more of his players who proudly sit at the top of the SPFL Ladbrokes Championship table with 31 games remaining.
“I think so [that it is too early to look at the league table] but at the same time, you need to be down to win every game; if you do that and achieve positive results, u will be in a good place, so, I think first and foremost we must meet the challenge of going to a new place on Saturday and if that takes us to a better position after the game with a positive result then brilliant as that just strengthens that belief but the first challenge is taking on Dunfermline on Saturday.”
Thanks to Kyle Gunn for allowing me to publish this article. Kyle conducted this interview with Jack Ross on Thursday; you can listen to the Audio below as well as find Kyle’s website.