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Brittain unfazed by goal shortage

Ross County captain Richard Brittain believes the paucity of goals in their SPL games is symptomatic of the tight nature of the competition.

Brittain is the only County player to score in the SPL, the midfielder having netted from a free-kick against Celtic and a penalty in the win over Dundee.

The Dingwall side have only conceded one goal, in injury-time against Celtic, in their six games.

Derek Adams' side go looking for their first home win of the season against St Johnstone on Saturday and Brittain has no concern about their attacking potential.

The former St Mirren midfielder said: "It just shows you how closely matched teams are.

"I don't think it comes down to striking options, it just shows you how little there is between the teams.

"I don't think it's anything to do with a lack of striking options because it's not just strikers who score goals.

"But we are confident - with the quality we have got in the squad, the goals will start to flow."

County have extended their unbeaten league run to 40 games since winning the First Division and only SPL leaders Motherwell are also undefeated in the competition this season.

But Brittain was quick to point out that his side have achieved nothing yet.

"We have got a decent foothold in the league but there is a long, long way to go and it's only a foothold," the 28-year-old said.

"Look at some teams that have come up before us, they have started really, really well, even up to January-February time and then fallen away and ended up getting relegated.

"We are only six games in and there is a long, long way to go, there is no getting away from that.

"It's a good start but that's all it is, it doesn't count for anything at the end of the season.

"We need to keep working hard and getting points on the board."

While Brittain is not getting carried away by their success, he is equally unconcerned at their wait for a home win following draws against Motherwell, Celtic and Kilmarnock.

And County are unlikely to take risks against St Johnstone in a bid to please their home fans.

"As long as we keep picking up points," Brittain said. "We are happy enough with the start we have made.

"It could be better but then again everything could be better. I don't think it's necessary we get the first home win of the season.

"It would be nice but it's very, very difficult to pick up wins in this league."