Football - McInnes wary of wounded County

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is wary of struggling Ross County ahead of the Staggies' visit to Pittodrie in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.

Derek Adams' side went down 2-0 at home to Hibernian on Thursday to leave them without a win in nine games and still second-bottom of the table with only 11 points.

While bottom side Hearts - who were docked 15 points and banned from signing players after descending into administration - look sure to be relegated, the Dingwall club are staring at a relegation play-off place.

However, McInnes, whose side's good run of form came to an end with a 1-0 defeat at home to Motherwell, is aware that County's last three points came in a 1-0 home win against the Dons in October.

He told Press Association Sport: "Ross County have been struggling to get any sort of result this season.

"They signed a lot of players in the summer so it might take a bit longer for them to settle, that might happen in the second half of the season.

"But they are always competitive and I expect that to be the case on Sunday.

"Their poor run has to stop sometime - we are just hoping it is not at our place."

McInnes is confident that his players will quickly shrug off the defeat against the Steelmen.

The former St Johnstone and Bristol City boss said: "It is a good thing that we have another game so quickly.

"Although we were disappointed in the result against Motherwell we won't dwell on it, we have to get over it quickly.

"There is no shame in losing to Motherwell and it wasn't as if we were outplayed.

"We should have been bemoaning missed opportunities in a 0-0 draw but to lose a goal compounded things.

"It was our first defeat in five games so we will dust ourselves down and get on with it and this game is a good opportunity to do that.

"We lost against Celtic at Parkhead and then won four in a row.

"We have to take advantage of being at home.

"That means the onus is on us to take the game to Ross County so I am looking for the same as we got against Motherwell but with a different end product."