Melvin de Leeuw insists Ross County have to keep 11 players on the park for 90 minutes to give them the best possible chance of beating Hibernian in their Scottish Cup fourth-round clash in Dingwall on Saturday.
The Dutch forward had put the Staggies 2-1 up against Hearts in the Scottish Premiership encounter at Tynecastle last week before skipper Richard Brittain was sent off with the Jambos fighting back to grab a draw with a last-gasp goal.
The previous week, defender Steven Saunders and wide-man Ivan Sproule were dismissed in County's 2-1 league defeat to St Mirren in Paisley.
De Leeuw, who signed for County in the summer after leaving SC Cambuur, is hoping that is the end of the red cards for the Highlanders.
He said: "Offensively, it was good (against Hearts) and we did well until the red card.
"After that it was difficult, we tried hard and the chances were coming for us and we were unlucky with a point.
"But if we had played with 11 for the whole game I think we would have had three points.
"The week before we had two sendings off and it's hard to score then or to go forward.
"We want to win the games and sometimes we go over the line.
"You then give a choice to the referee. Not every yellow card is always a yellow card but we must be careful that we don't have a sending off every match.
"We must try to play with 11 men on Saturday and go after the win."
Derek Adams' side are without a victory in four games and sit 10th in the table with 11 points from 13 matches.
However, de Leeuw does not view the game against Hibs, beaten finalists in the last two Scottish Cup finals, as a break from the rigours of seeking league points.
"I don't see it like that," he said. "I see it as a chance to show that we can play good football.
"Some people might want to see an opponent who's not as big as Hibs, but I think it is good for us to play against a top-flight team.
"They will have a big crowd with them, the stadium will be full which is also good for us, I think we can enjoy it.
"We must try to win the home games and (if we do that) I think we will do well."
Hibernian forward Danny Handling says new boss Terry Butcher is using the power of positive thinking to make a success of the Easter Road side.
The former England skipper replaced Pat Fenlon earlier this month and inherits a squad still reeling from a record 7-0 Europa League defeat to Malmo as well as two mortifying Edinburgh derby defeats.
But 19-year-old Handling claims the former Inverness manager and his number two Maurice Malpass have already managed to boost confidence in the Leith ranks after just a fortnight in charge.
He said: "Terry and Maurice are great motivators. They are very good at what they do - they can motivate anyone.
"They got us up for the St Mirren game so quickly after the disappointment of losing to Inverness and we were all buzzing to play. Even the subs were desperate to get on and make an impression.
"They have all these different ways of getting us positive and confident. We've had a few meetings with him as a group where he has sat us down and asked us questions about how we feel about certain things. He's also played us a few DVDs which are aimed at motivating us as well."
Former Caley Thistle manager Butcher will make a swift return to the Highlands when he takes his new charges north for Saturday's fourth-round clash at Ross County.
If Hibs are to bring their 111-year wait to lift the trophy to an end, they have to register their first ever victory against the Staggies.
However, despite the weight of history counting against them, Handling is sticking to Butcher's new philosophy of optimism.
"It would be massive for me if I could help end that long wait for the trophy," he said. "Obviously the fans want us to do well and win cups and we've reached the final these past two years without winning it.
"That was disappointing but it is a success in it's own way as not too many teams reach back-to-back finals.
"But to bounce back and rectify it at the third attempt would be a huge achievement.
"However, we can't look that far ahead and right now we're just looking forward to Ross County on Saturday. I think we've got a good chance up there.
"We've never won up there but that's not what we are focusing on. We're trying to be positive."