Published: 26/10/2017 09:30 - Updated: 25/10/2017 10:15

Caley Thistle manager Robertson wants side to show Pars they mean business

Written byPaul Chalk


Inverness CT manager John Robertson.
Inverness CT manager John Robertson.

JOHN Robertson insists Caley Thistle are ideally prepared to gets one over on Dunfermline Athletic and show they can do the business at home this season.

Four straight clean sheets over two competitions has taken ICT into the last eight of the Irn-Bru Cup and out of the relegation play-off spot in the Ladbrokes Championship, thanks to their 2-0 win at Dundee United at the weekend.

On Saturday, goals from stand-in skipper Iain Vigurs and Connor Bell saw them defeat United to move into eighth spot. The result also led to Terrors’ boss Ray McKinnon being sacked on Tuesday.

Now ICT are relishing the chance to put one over second-placed Dunfermline, who beat them 5-1 at East End Park on August 12, a result the Inverness CT manager felt didn’t reflect the true story.

He told the HN: "Saturday will be a real acid test for us," he stressed.

"We have to take the confidence from the four clean sheets and positive results and take that in against a team who, for 25 minutes, turned us over.

"When it was 3-1 last time, it looked more likely to go to 3-2, but they got their fourth goal before they really turned up the heat for the last 20 minutes. For 70 minutes, there was very little between the sides. Dunfermline started and finished very well.

"From 20-70 minutes, we had as many chances as they did. They were really clinical and that put us to the sword. That’s what good teams do and Dunfermline are a good team.

"The players have been working extremely hard on the defensive and attacking aspects and in the last couple of weeks in particular we have picked up a level.

"We now have a chance to show how far we have come in recent weeks and months and go in with a strong performance. We need a good solid home win against league opposition because we haven’t managed that. We have had two defeats and two draws here in the league, so we want to address that.

"If we continue to show the same high level of passing, high level of commitment, high level of fitness and the high level of belief and confidence as Saturday then there is no reason why we can’t get the win. We have to be on our mettle and limit them to very few chances as we have done in recent weeks.

"We should have taken something from all the games here. We should have taken a point against Dundee United, we should have beaten Livingston and Queen of the South was a deserved draw.

"However, we are after victories. Our target last week was to move above Falkirk and we managed that and now we are looking at our next target, which is Dumbarton.

"If we can win on Saturday that would give us the opportunity to leapfrog them and then we go for the next team up. Dunfermline have been going great. They have goals in them, home and away.

"They will attack teams and they have a front line who are always lively, be it Fraser Aird, Kallum Higginbotham, Callum Smith, Nicky Clark or Andy Ryan, who has come in from Airdrie. We have to counter their attacking threats and if we can keep hold of the ball we are more than capable of hurting them."

He added: "We were hugely frustrating not to take anything from the 0-0 draw at Falkirk, where bizarrely I felt we played better in the second half than we did against Dundee United."

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