Published: 04/09/2012 08:30 - Updated: 03/09/2012 16:48

Change may be needed - Esson

Written byby Graham Linton

Ryan Esson
Ryan Esson

RYAN Esson feels Caley Thistle may have to become "boring" and "horrible" to watch in order to get results.

An expansive, attacking style of football was evident pre-season and helped Inverness to a point apiece from their opening three Scottish Premier League fixtures against St Mirren, Kilmarnock and Hearts.

But a 4-2 loss to Celtic last weekend was followed up by a 4-1 defeat at Motherwell on Sunday, dropping Caley Thistle to second bottom in the table.

With these two losses to ponder for the Highland Capital club over the international break, Esson concedes that it may be time to sacrifice style and opt for substance in a bid to halt their recent concession of goals in the SPL.

"Since the season started, the whole shape of the team has been great, both when going forward and defensively," said the 32-year-old goalkeeper.

"I just think that as a team when we lose a goal we have to get back into our shape and organised better.

"Perhaps that is something we have to look at and say can we work back the park better and get into our shape?

"However, the manager wants us to play and sometimes you take the chance of losing the game if you look to win it.

"Do we instead just then look to sit in and go for a 0-0 and that’s maybe what we’ve got to do.

"Perhaps people come to see us and we’re boring — something which we are certainly not just now because we’re conceding and scoring goals.

"People have seen an entertaining game when they watch us, but we might need to turn round and make ourselves less entertaining and more horrible to get results."

For the second SPL match in succession, Inverness leaked four goals, yet Esson was not totally downbeat with Caley Thistle’s performance against Motherwell.

"People will look at and see we lost four goals, which isn’t great, but if you analyse the game then their goalkeeper have two unbelievable saves," he said.

"We’re a bit down, but we’ve got two weeks two work on things and we will work hard on it."

Caley Thistle manager Terry Butcher was unhappy with the manner in which the goals were conceded at Fir Park, insisting it was a "concern".

Defensive recruits were acquired before the transfer deadline with Celtic’s Andre Blackman (21) joining on loan, while ex-Arsenal youngster George Brislen-Hall (19) signed as well.

Both will be at Inverness at least until January, although Butcher will not rush either of them into first-team duty before they are ready.

The recurrence of ankle problem he sustained against Arbroath meant Simon King was ruled out in the warm-up at Motherwell. His place was taken by substitute David Raven with on-loan Arsenal forward Philip Roberts drafted in on the bench.

Butcher, however, refused to use the late alteration as the reason for his side conceding two disappointing goals in either half.

"I’m not happy," he said. "Eight goals in two games is not good enough.

"We’ll have to have a look at it and see what we can do.

"We lost Simon King before kick-off. He twisted his ankle and had been struggling with it since the Arbroath game.

"It meant we had to draft in David Raven at right back and he was doing well until the back pass.

"It wasn’t ideal, but that’s not an excuse.

"Two give two goals away so early in the match, especially the first one, which was really disappointing."

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