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Arbroath and Kilmarnock slipping up was motivation for Inverness Caledonian Thistle beating Queen of the South and moving three points clear in the Championship


By Will Clark

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BILLY Dodds says Inverness Caledonian Thistle must continue to pounce on missed opportunities from their title rivals after they moved further ahead of Kilmarnock and Arbroath at the top of the Championship.

Caley Thistle manager Billy Dodds.
Caley Thistle manager Billy Dodds.

The head coach says Caley Thistle used Friday night’s 0–0 draw at Gayfield between the two teams as motivation before the 2–1 win over Queen of the South on Saturday.

The win puts them three points in front of Kilmarnock and five points ahead of Arbroath.

With promotion back to the Premiership the aim for Inverness, Dodds says they used watching their main rivals slipping up the night before as inspiration to win on Saturday.

“That was the demand and you have to use that in your team talk if you know what the reward is,” he said.

“I said if we win, we are three points ahead of Kilmarnock and five ahead of Arbroath.

“I never mentioned the unbeaten record, all it was about was the reward of being three ahead of Kilmarnock and five ahead of Arbroath.

“You have to look at an edge and having a realistic honest edge.

"As soon as I saw the Arbroath v Kilmarnock game, I thought a couple of points dropped and now we have to look at ourselves.

“We had a chance to look at them and we knew what was there for us if we won the game.”

Inverness remain undefeated in the Championship having only failed to win once during the league campaign.

Sean Welsh gave them the lead early on against Queen of the South with a stunning free kick, but Lee Connelly’s equaliser midway through the second half threatened to give the Dumfries outfit a point.

But Michael Gardyne’s winner 10 minutes from time secured victory for the hosts as they went three points clear at the top of the table.

Dodds paid tribute to the positive attitude at the club saying they can recover if they concede the lead.

“My players have got the resilience behind them and they are winning games," he said.

Referring to Queen of the South’s equaliser midway through the second half, Dodds said: “That can sink you, but it shows we have plenty about us, we could have taken the point and still stay top of the league. Queen of the South could have gone on to win it and I was wary of that.

“But we have that determined focused head on.”


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