Football - Brittain: We showed we can stand up

Richard Brittain believes Ross County's last meeting with Motherwell showed the rest of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League they have what it takes to cope with life in the top flight.

Now the skipper wants to see the Highlanders go a step further by taking maximum points when the two sides meet again on Saturday. County earned a credible goalless draw in their first ever SPL fixture when they played host to the Steelmen in August.

Brittain said: "There was a lot of emotion going into that game, a lot of nerves. It was our first game in the SPL but I thought we stood up to the task very well against a side who were still in Europe at that time. We knew ourselves that we could handle life in the SPL."

He continued: "Don't get me wrong, it's very difficult in the SPL and results are hard to pick up, but I thought that game made a few people sit up and realise that we're not just here to make up the numbers.

"We held our heads up after that game and hopefully we can do the same on Saturday. It's the return fixture at their place and hopefully we can play to the same standards and possibly come away with something from the game."

Saturday's long trip south sees County make their first visit to Fir Park and the midfielder added: "It's a game we're looking forward to. It's a new venue for us and one the boys will hopefully enjoy. Hopefully we'll put on a good show and get the three points."

Brittain was on the scoresheet as the Dingwall outfit fought back from behind to earn a draw with high-flying local rivals Inverness in last week's William Hill Scottish Cup tie.

He said: "We've got to take the positives from that game. We scored three goals, played really well and showed grit and determination to hang on when we went a goal down.

"Not many teams come back from a goal down against Caley this season, that's why they're up there are the top end of the table and rightly so.

"They deserve to be there but we've got to focus on ourselves and keep taking the positives from the games and we'll continue to do that."