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Anger of players at Dunfermline Athletic defeat pleased Inverness Caledonian Thistle head coach Billy Dodds


By Will Clark

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HEAD coach Billy Dodds says he was pleased to see the anger of his players after their loss to Dunfermline Athletic last week and wants them to use it to turn their season around.

Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Inverness CT(1) v Dunfermline(2). 13.11.20. Disappointment at the end for ICT’s Aaron Doran, Roddy MacGregor, Michael Gardyne, and Scott Allardice.
Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Inverness CT(1) v Dunfermline(2). 13.11.20. Disappointment at the end for ICT’s Aaron Doran, Roddy MacGregor, Michael Gardyne, and Scott Allardice.

After last week’s 2-1 defeat to Dunfermline at the Caledonian Stadium, players such as David Carson and Aaron Doran spoke of their anger and frustration of their performance after conceding the lead to lose the match.

Inverness have dropped to third place in the Championship, four points behind Kilmarnock with no wins in their last five league games.

Dodds was pleased with the reaction from his players after the match, saying they were not the only ones who were angry.

He now wants Inverness to use that frustration to end their winless run against Queen of the South in Dumfries tonight.

Dodds missed last week’s defeat at Dunfermline through illness, but after full time on Saturday, wanted to get back to work as soon as possible.

Speaking about returning, he said: “I couldn’t wait to get back.

“I said to them do you realise how well you’re playing in stages of the game? We have to make sure we are doing the dirty side. Sometimes they don’t get space and we will see out games again.

“But it is good to hear my players are like that, I want them to be like that, its the only way to close the gap on Kilmarnock who have put a run together.

“Hopefully it is our turn to get a few results and get back up there.

“We have to close the gap and put the pressure on and see how they handle it.”

Dodds said the defeat to Dunfermline had an impact on his players when they came into training this week.

He says they are determined to get back on track with a win at Palmerston tonight.

“It is human nature you come in on Monday and are quiet and that’s because we never won the game,” he said.

“There were a lot of good things first half, and when I was watching from home I wanted us to get a second goal to win the game.

“But fair play to Dunfermline, they put in the work rate and were five to 10 yards further up the pitch.

“They got the important equaliser, which was the springboard to win the game.

“Earlier in the season we were making sure we got to a period in the game where we shut up shop. But the last couple of weeks we have not been able to.”

But Dodds believes they are playing better football now than at the start of the season, but need the results to go with it.

“We’re in stages playing better football now than we did at the start of the season.

“We were streetwise and made sure we were seeing out games.

“Now we are losing a couple of goals and making a few mistakes and getting punished.

“If we can eradicate those mistakes and keep playing the standard of football we’re playing then we’ll win more games.”


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