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Chalmers finding knack for attack


By Andrew Henderson


Joe Chalmers says he is enjoying the switch to the attacking line for Caley Thistle.

Chalmers was once again deployed on the right wing against Queen of the South, and he is enjoying having more freedom further up the pitch.

Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Queen of the South(0) v Inverness CT(2). 09.03.19. ICT's Joe Chalmers.
Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Queen of the South(0) v Inverness CT(2). 09.03.19. ICT's Joe Chalmers.

“It’s a slightly different role for me, obviously it was helped that I got off to a good start last week with the goal,” he said.

“That gave me confidence to grow into that role.

“I thought I played well again on Saturday, I enjoy it, coming in on my left foot.

“I’ve played left back, coming through at Celtic a lot of the time I was at centre back, at Motherwell I played in midfield and then here.

“I have played all over the place, and I’m confident in myself that I can play all over the park.

“It’s just small details when you move into these roles that you try to pick up, there are obviously wee things that I can learn from every game.

“The more you play a role, the more you pick up and the more confident you get.

“I’ve really enjoyed my two games there, but wherever the manager wants me to play it’s not a problem.”

Chalmers thought ICT were good value for the three points against Queens.

Goals from Aaron Doran and Brad McKay in the first half sealed all three points for the Caley Jags in Dumfries.

Inverness have at times conceded costly late goals.

But Chalmers says for the most part Saturday was a comfortable victory.

“I think the first half we were really good, especially in the first half an hour,” Chalmers insisted.

“We played some really good football with a lot of good movement.

“In the second half we knew they would have a spell, and they did have some chances in the first 15 or 20 minutes.

“In this league, no matter what, a team is always going to have a spell in the game where they have chances and are on top.

“It’s just about riding that out, and I thought we showed good character.

“I think after we saw out that first 15 or 20 minutes of the second half, from there on in it was comfortable and we saw the game out well.”

Next up for Caley Thistle is the final Highland derby of the season. It is only a few weeks since the sides last met, and Chalmers believes ICT can be confident.

“It’s come back around so quickly,” he said.

“The Scottish Cup only feels like last week, but every game against them this season has been exciting.

“There have been goals, chances, red cards, they’ve been exciting games to play in as a player. Hopefully we can get the upper hand in this one.

“I think we’ve shown this season that we’re more than capable of holding our own against Ross County.

“When it comes to the league games, with the results they’ve had the upper hand. Our performances have been good, but it’s a tough game, they’ve got a lot of good players.

“I think it will be close again, but of course we believe we can beat anybody.”



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