First Team

Match Preview: Ross County

14th August 2015

A look ahead to tomorrow's Ladbrokes Premiership match against Ross County.

Ladbrokes Premiership leaders Hearts will be looking to make it four wins out of four when they head north to Dingwall to take on Ross County this Saturday.

The Jambos continued their winning start to the season with a 2-0 win over Motherwell in front of a sell-out home crowd at Tynecastle on Wednesday night. Gavin Reilly opened the scoring with his first goal for the club, before Billy King sealed the win with a strike just after the hour mark.

Saturday’s opponents, meanwhile, have enjoyed a mixed start to the season. The Staggies succumbed to a 2-0 defeat to Celtic on the opening day, before bouncing back with a 2-0 win at home to Hamilton. They were then held to a 1-1 draw at St Johnstone on Tuesday night.

Last 5 vs The Staggies

19.04.14: Hearts 2-0 Ross County (Hamill, Carrick)

25.01.14: Ross County 1-2 Hearts (Paterson, Robinson)

23.11.13: Hearts 2-2 Ross County (Paterson, Wilson)

21.09.13: Ross County 2-1 Hearts (Paterson)

06.04.13: Hearts 4-2 Ross County (Ngoo x2, Holt, Ikonomou [O.G])

Robbie’s thoughts

Despite his side’s impressive start to the season, Head Coach Robbie Neilson is taking nothing for granted ahead of the trip to Dingwall. Speaking to the media after Wednesday night’s win over Motherwell, the Head Coach revealed he is expecting a stern test against the Highlanders.

“Ross County on Saturday will probably be our hardest test yet. It’s a difficult place to go, I watched them on Tuesday night and they’re fit and strong.

“It’s going to be a really difficult game, with a long journey and in different surroundings,” said Neilson.

View from the opposition

Ross County boss Jim McIntyre has been impressed by the Jambos’ start to the season and is wary of their attacking threat. Speaking to the media in midweek he said:

“Hearts are free-scoring and a major threat. I watched them against St Johnstone and we had them watched against Motherwell as well.

“They’re doing a lot of things well at the moment and we know it will be tough. It’s up to us. We’ve started well and we want to continue making this a hard place to come.”

Live coverage

You can keep up to date on all the action from Dingwall via Hearts TV and Twitter:

Hearts TV subscribers can tune in to live audio commentary with Laurie Dunsire from 2.45pm onwards. Fans can also follow @JamTarts on Twitter for all the build-up, including team news, photos and live updates throughout the match.

Full match highlights and interviews will follow on HeartsTV.