Captain says no lack of confidence among Inverness Caley Thistle players
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Caley Thistle captain Sean Welsh believes confidence is sky high in the Highland capital.
Victory against Ross County last Friday has set up a Scottish Cup fourth round tie away at St Mirren, with the Caley Jags also still right in the middle of the promotion play-off hunt.
Inverness have a track record of reaching the latter stages of the cup in recent seasons, reaching the last-eight in each of the last two campaigns and even playing a semi final against Hearts at Hampden.
Welsh says it was a deserved win for ICT in Dingwall, and that they are coming into their top form at the perfect point of the season.
“I’m absolutely delighted,” he insisted.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game at County, but we knew we were capable of getting a result. I think we showed that we were ready for it, we embraced the battle and we came out on top.
“We know where County have been, they’re in a sticky situation so you know that if you can get in front they’re fragile confidence-wise. We thoroughly deserved the win in the end.
“You just want to get the result and get through in the cup at the end of the day. That’s five wins in-a-row now, so our confidence is sky high.
“We’ve come through a tough season as well, and we’re coming into it at the right time. We just need to keep the momentum going and try to get into these play-offs.”
It has been some turnaround at the Caledonian Stadium in recent weeks, considering there had been serious talk of a potential relegation battle not too long ago.
ICT had, at one stage, gone on a run where they won just one game out of 13, but are now the form team in the Championship.
So Welsh is pleased to be defying expectations that had begun to arise when they were struggling.
“Obviously we had all these games in hand, and we’ve played midweek and at the weekend for the last two months,” the 31-year-old reasoned.
“People might have thought we would tail off, but we’ve actually gone the other way.
“We started slowly, and we’re actually building up a head of steam now.
“When we had all those games off, we weren’t getting a lot of training with the weather either, so we were probably a little bit off the pace. Now, we’re right at it, and thankfully it’s paying off for us.”