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Inverness Caledonian Thistle midfielder Tom Walsh aiming to build early momentum after Arbroath win as they prepare for Raith Rovers

By Andrew Henderson

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Tom Walsh is counting on a fast start to the season to turbo charge Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s campaign.

25.07.2021 Hearts v Inverness CT: Tom Walsh and Finlay Pollock
25.07.2021 Hearts v Inverness CT: Tom Walsh and Finlay Pollock

The Caley Jags avoided a third straight opening day defeat in the Championship when they picked up the points away at Arbroath last Saturday.

Now they will look to back that result up with another win on home turf as Raith Rovers come calling to the Highland capital.

Raith were part of the game of the weekend last time out, taking a four-goal lead against newly-relegated Hamilton Academical, only to let that slip and draw 4-4.

Walsh is well aware of how dangerous John McGlynn’s men could be, but hopes to see ICT go on an early-season run.

“You have to respect every team, because they all have different strengths, but of course you just have to focus on yourself,” the 24-year-old said.

“We need to take confidence from that first win at a tough venue, and take that into our first home game with the fans back.

“We’ll look to go and get a good result again to build confidence and momentum, because momentum is massive in this league.

“You can see that over the years, if you get a good run of momentum it can take you far.”

Walsh knows first-hand what momentum, or a lack of it, can do to a team.

In his first season at Inverness, the club drew eight out of nine matches early in the campaign, and it was always an uphill battle from there.

“In the two years I was here before, we had quite a few draws,” Walsh said.

“It’s all ifs and buts, but if you can turn them into wins like our result last Saturday, that’s a massive one to win.

“They’re throwing every-

thing at you by the end, so if they nick a goal and you draw then you’re thinking ‘it could have been a good win’, but we actually got the win.

“What a difference that can make. If you can get off to a good start, then you can always look back on those good results and say ‘look, we’ve done it, we’ve beaten that team’.

“You can always look

back as the season goes on and take confidence from that, so it’s really important, so if we can back up a good away result with a good home result it would be brilliant.”

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