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Ross Laidlaw hopes cup success can be catalyst for change in the league

Ross Laidlaw hopes cup success can be catalyst for change in the league
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County saw off Celtic in the previous round.

Ross Laidlaw says Ross County will hope to use Wednesday's Betfred Cup quarter-final at Livingston as the spark that ignites a revival in their league form.

Stuart Kettlewell's men stunned Celtic in the last round of the competition but things have not being going so well in the Premiership.

The Dingwall team have picked up just two points from their last nine games and now sit bottom of the table.

But goalkeeper Laidlaw says victory at the Tony Macaroni Arena could fire his side not only to Hampden but up the standings.

He said: "No-one wants to be sitting where we are in the table right now.

"We had a good start to the season but it's tailed off recently.

"We know we've got some winnable games coming up, especially at home with some of the teams around us.

"So we're hoping to take some strong performances into those as well as the quarter-final against Livi.

"A couple of wins could change the whole outlook of the season.

"We've got the chance to get to a semi-final at Hampden which we'd bite your hand off for.

"We've got through the group stages and beaten Celtic. Livi will be a tough game down on their astroturf, especially as they've picked up recently.

"But after a defeat you always want a game right away to try to amend for what happened at the weekend.

"It was a great feeling going away to Celtic and winning in the cup. No-one really fancied ourselves but we believed we could go there and get a result.

"I don't think we've played really badly, it was just the class of Rangers and Aberdeen that has shown through.

"I just want to see us keeping the goals against down over the next few weeks because that's what is killing us a wee bit.

"Also at the other end, we've not been taking our chances. You saw on Saturday it was a turning chance. We missed a chance and they went up the other end and scored.

"It's these fine margins which are going against us. It's not as though we're playing really badly. We just need to stick together and hopefully that will change."

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Sunday's key events

· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
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· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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