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Inverness Caledonian Thistle defender David Carson says he took a look at himself after poor team performance in Dunfermline defeat

By Will Clark

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David Carson believes Inverness Caledonian Thistle were outfought against Dunfermline last Saturday.

The two teams went into the match in the Highland capital at opposite ends of the Championship table, with the Pars searching for their first league win of the season.

Despite Inverness taking the lead, Carson believes the desperation from Dunfermline to put something in their win column made the difference in the end as Caley Thistle surrendered their lead and came away with nothing.

A poor start to the second half, not for the first time in recent weeks, proved to be the Caley Jags’ undoing as Carson believed Dunfermline simply wanted the points more than their hosts at the Caledonian Stadium.

“It was disappointing – we started the game well and dominated the first half, then we’ve come out and had a rough 10-minute patch where we conceded two goals,” Carson said.

“We looked disjointed and we haven’t coped with that 10-minute spell, and we haven’t managed to get back into the game.

“We dominated the first half, but we gave ourselves a mountain to climb to get back into the game.

“These things happen in football when you’re under the kosh a little bit, you’ve got to really dig in and be solid as a unit.

“We didn’t do that. We conceded two poor goals, and then we had to try and get back in the game when they had a bit of momentum.

“They hadn’t won, and they were all fighting for each other. They showed a team spirit to stick together that I didn’t see from us.”

Last Saturday was Carson’s return to the starting 11 after some time away from Inverness and football because of a family bereavement.

He was pleased to be back, but insists he should be cut no slack for poor results because of his circumstances.

“Being out on the pitch is where my happy place is at the moment,” he said.

“In the first half, I was enjoying it, but in the second half – not just because we went behind – everything got on top of us.

“We just needed boys to stand up and be counted.

“Obviously I’m pleased to be back, and I want to thank everyone for the support they’ve given me, but I’m here to try and win games and work for the team.

“I didn’t think it was good enough, myself included. I’ll be going home and looking at myself.

“Regardless of what’s going on in my life, I need to look at myself as a footballer first and foremost and make sure I’m doing my best for this football club.”

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