Dundee United forward Craig Curran thinks they can start to put their stamp on the Championship after a vital 2-0 win over Falkirk on Saturday.
United beat the Bairns 2-0 at the Falkirk Stadium thanks to second-half goals from Curran and fellow-striker Pavol Safranko, and the ex-Ross County man hopes they can inflict a similar scoreline on his former employers this weekend.
The Terrors host the Highland men in a “massive” Championship tie on Saturday as both look to take their place at the top of the table.
Both teams lie two points behind league leaders Ayr United and Curran hopes it is the Tangerines that lay a marker down for the rest of the season.
“It’s a massive game against Ross County,” he said.
“They’re going to be thinking the same as us – if they win they’ll climb away from us and if we win there’s a good chance we’re going to go top or thereabouts.
“It’s a massive game, it’s not going to define our season but we need to put a marker down and make sure we approach the game the right away.
“It’s not going to be an easy game, we’ve got to scrap and fight and do what we’ve got to do to try to get that win.
“We need to start winning games, there’s no point trying to dress it up.
“We should be winning games with the squad we have and we’re working hard to make sure we do.
“Saturday was never going to be an easy game, Falkirk are fighting for their lives and want their first win on the board and we want to get to the top of the league and stay there.
“There’s not going to be any easy games, teams will be coming to play us at our nice ground with a lot of fans like it’s a cup final.
“We need to deal with that.”
Liverpudlian Curran was delighted to grab a goal on Saturday with a tricky looping backwards header over Leo Fasan in the home goal on 86 minutes but he was more pleased to get the right result as they signal their intentions for promotion.
He added: “I knew from the angle I was at that it was the way I was going to go.
“It’s always nice to get a goal but, more importantly, we won the game.
“I think we’ve all come here for the same ambition and that’s to go straight up to the Premiership.
“None of us have come here to stay in the Championship, there were quite a lot of lads who had offers from the league above so it shows you the ambition everyone’s got coming here.
“We need to make sure we take care of business.
“When you’re winning games you get into a flow and Saturday shows the character we have in the squad to deal with the draws we had that we should have been winning.
“A lot of people would have crumbled so it shows you the mental strength we had as well. It was nice to get the three points.”
The 29-year-old reserved special praise for the 918 travelling supporters on Saturday and has promised there is more to come from the Terrors.
“I think everyone knows the fans are unbelievable – the following we have is fantastic.
“At home and away they’re the best in this league by a country mile and they’ll be unbelievable in the league above.
“With turn-outs like that they deserve it if we go and get promoted.
“There’s going to be pressure because of the size of the club and the expectations and ambitions and the quality of player we’ve signed.
“If you look at the lads still to come back we’ve got an unbelievable squad – a squad that could easily compete in the league above, that’s for sure.”