Ross County: Derek Adams thrilled about side's push for Europe

 

Ross County manager Derek Adams is revelling in his side's lofty position in the Scottish Premier League.

Victory against Dundee United means fourth-place County are two points off the third spot which would bring European football to Victoria Park.

Adams told BBC Radio Scotland: "We've put ourselves in a fabulous position.

"We couldn't have hoped for any better. Fourth position tonight and chasing that European spot - we shouldn't be talking about it but we are."

Ivan Sproule's sixth goal of the season brought County their first ever league win over United.

He nodded in at the back post after Paul Lawson's superb pass found Iain Vigurs, who supplied the perfect cross.

Adams added: "We've closed the gap between ourselves and Inverness. It's a fantastic points total we're on now so it's been a good night.

"We played well and created good opportunities in the game - we probably should've won by a greater margin."

United boss Jackie McNamara felt aggrieved that his full-back Barry Douglas was red-carded for a sliding challenge on Sproule in the second half.

"I couldn't see it," said Adams. "It was right across the other side. I'm not sure how serious it was.

"The linesman is in a perfect position. He's right on top of it and he's made that decision.

"But before that we were in control of the game and after that happened we were in total control of the game.

"It was a difficult night with blustery conditions, but we probably should have put the game to bed sooner."

Canadian centre-back Andre Hainault made his home debut for Ross County after playing against St Johnstone last week.

"I thought he did well tonight," Adams said.

"It was hard for him last week in his first start and tonight he's won a lot of headers, he's defended well against Jon Daly and in one-on-one situations."