Lennon looking to snuff out County

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Danny Lennon knows his side will have to be on form to beat Ross County

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Danny Lennon knows his side will have to be on form to beat Ross County

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon will look to utilise his players' adaptability as they bid to prevent Ross County embarking on another unbeaten run.

County's 40-match undefeated league stretch came to an end with a 2-1 defeat by St Johnstone last Saturday and manager Derek Adams has signalled they will go back to being hard to beat after losing a late goal as they chased three points.

"Their run has come to an end and we must be ready for whatever reaction Ross County give us," he said. "We certainly know from the cup tie last season, when they held us to a replay, they are a very difficult team."

Lennon's side showed they had the scope to break down stubborn opponents when Lee Mair's last-minute goal gave them a 1-0 win over Hamilton in the Scottish Communities League Cup on Tuesday.

Added to that, St Mirren beat County 2-1 in Dingwall in the Scottish Cup in the midst of their 13-month league run.

"We certainly know the challenge that lies ahead. We got a wee taste of it the other night against Hamilton, a very difficult team to break down, and Ross County set themselves up in a similar manner," Lennon added.

During that game Lennon showed he was willing to mix up his tactics after moving from a 3-5-2 formation to a 4-4-2 and bringing on Steven Thompson for Lewis Guy to form a physically imposing strike partnership with Sam Parkin.

The passing game was temporarily mixed with a more direct style and Lennon may need to think on his feet on Saturday against a County side that lost one goal in their first six Clydesdale Bank Premier League games.

"That's the advantage of having good quality in the squad in that we are able to adapt to given situations," he said.

"It's not the way we want to play but we have to adapt to what's thrown upon us and I was delighted in the lads' mentality to do that as well as keep a very, very disciplined mechanical defence strategy."

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