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Caley Thistle must make their mark in final Highland derby


By Will Clark


Tom Walsh will be in tonight's squad for Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Tom Walsh will be in tonight's squad for Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

CALEY Thistle have not beaten Ross County over 90 minutes this season and Tom Walsh wants his team to put that right tonight.

In what is scheduled to be the sixth and final Highland derby of the season, Inverness have only won once against the Staggies on penalties in the Scottish Cup fifth round replay.

With three draws in league and cup games along with a late defeat in Dingwall in December, Walsh says his team came close to winning each of those games.

With Inverness winning three of the last four games in all competitions he says confidence is high they can pick up a victory tonight.

“The boys are buzzing and you can see they are playing with confidence.

“When you are playing with confidence you look forward to the next game.

“There is no better next game for us than the derby and it is the last one of the season. We want to leave a mark and beat them.

“We have not beaten them in 90 minutes this season.”

Inverness could move back into the play-off zone tonight in fourth and go one point behind Ayr United with victory over Ross County who are 11 points clear at the top of the Championship.

After results last weekend, pundits say the title is for Ross County’s to lose with the four teams behind them battling for the play-off spots.

But Walsh says the play-off spots are more wide open than people say.

“In this league it is crazy. If you win three or four games on the bounce which Dunfermline have done you are right up there again.

“I wouldn’t rule anyone out. Everyone is saying the four teams Dundee United, Ayr, Dunfermline and Inverness will be fighting for those spots.

“But it is not done yet, there is a long way to go. You can drop down the way just as quick as teams below us can come up. But if we play like we did last Saturday I am sure we can make the play-offs.



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