David Carson says it is win or bust for Inverness Caledonian Thistle in Premier Sports Cup as they face Cove Rangers
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DAVID Carson says Caley Thistle know they must win their remaining group games if they want to keep their Premier Sports Cup dream alive.
After their shock penalty shoot-out defeat to League Two Stirling Albion, Inverness have four points from two games.
Realistically, Caley Thistle need a minimum of five points from their final two games against Cove Rangers and Hearts to stand any chance of qualifying for the last 16.
Carson says the team know they let themselves down on Saturday, but they have to put it behind them.
“We have to go to those two games and win them,” says Carson.
“We have to get our standards back to where they should be.
“We have to go to Cove Rangers and get three points by beating them in the 90 minutes. Then we have got to go and do the same at Hearts.”
Looking back at the penalty shoot-out defeat at Stirling, he said: “We have let ourselves down, but it is not over.
“We have a good set of boys in that changing room and we’ll come out and put on a good show to give the club the chance of making the knockout stages.”
Caley Thistle have not played many games during pre-season, which Carson said may have been a factor in them not producing a performance that merited three points.
But he believes as games go on, performances will improve and not make the same mistakes as they did against Stirling.
“A few boys have done 90 minutes, but these are competitive games and we want to win them,” said Carson.
“We want to get our standards right for the league campaign.
“We can look at the League Cup both ways, but these are competitive games and there is a trophy at the end of it.
“We need to bounce back on Tuesday.”