Football - Adams delighted with hard-fought win

Manager Derek Adams was thrilled after Ross County's 1-0 win over Aberdeen took them third in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

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Football - Adams delighted with hard-fought win
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Derek Adams was delighted with Ross County's win over Aberdeen

Substitute Gary Glen's goal left County behind second-placed neighbours Inverness Caledonian Thistle on goal difference alone. Glen hit the only goal with nine minutes remaining and Adams said: "It was difficult. It's not the greatest pitch in the world, but we dealt with that well and had a lot of control of the game.

"We've got talented players to do that, with [Rocco] Quinn, [Richie] Brittain and [Paul] Lawson in the middle, so we always know we can control large spells of games."

Adams admitted that the game perhaps did not offer the kind of entertainment the fans might have hoped for.

"There weren't a great deal of chances in the match," he added. "We probably had more shots on goal than Aberdeen. Craig Brown said it was deserved, so I'll go with his assessment of the game!"

Dons boss Brown, for his part, said: "I'm desperately disappointed for the Aberdeen people. The fans deserve better than they got and I can understand their massive disappointment because I share it."

And while he was disappointed not to take a point from the game, he admitted Glen's clinical finish proved the difference between the sides.

"Tonight could have gone either way," he said. "I'm not saying we were unfortunate, because I'm not saying we should have won the game, but I would like to be biased and say that we didn't deserve to lose it.

"Unlike other home defeats where I felt we were unfortunate, I don't think we were. Ross County took the chance they had, but the game had 'draw' written all over it.

"I thought in the first half we probably had the edge, and after the break I thought Peter Pawlett gave us an extra edge. We handled their main threat (Ivan Sproule) exceptionally well, so much so that he was substituted, and I thought Clark Robertson was absolutely outstanding."

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