Top of the table clash with Partick Thistle has potential to make or break season for Inverness Caledonian Thistle, says Robbie Deas
Get the Inverness Courier sent to your inbox every week and swipe through an exact replica of the day's newspaper
ROBBIE Deas says Saturday’s top of the table clash against Partick Thistle has the potential to make or break Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s season.
A stunning start to the campaign has seen Inverness win all four league games without conceding a goal.
Four consecutive 1-0 victories pushed Inverness three points clear at the top the table as they return to Championship action this weekend.
Deas says it has been a fantastic start to the campaign and Saturday’s result against Partick Thistle will question their credentials if they can keep the momentum going and challenge for the title and promotion.
“Partick Thistle are a very good side, and I know a few of their boys such as Lewis Mayo and Zak Rudden are very good players, they’re up there for a reason,” said Deas.
“It will be a tough game, but we’re the home team, we are top of the league and we need to prove why we are.
“It is games like this that make or break teams, and it is massive for us that we go and put on a show to get a result on Saturday.
“We have trained hard over the last two weeks and prepping towards the game for which we are more than ready.”
Caley Thistle have beaten Arbroath, Raith Rovers and Ayr United so far, but their biggest result was a 1-0 win at Kilmarnock.
Deas admitted the club made a big statement with victory at Rugby Park, but says their ambition has always been this season to try and get back into the Premiership.
And he is loving being part of a team which is showing that ambition.
Recalling the win at Kilmarnock, he said: “It is always that bit sweeter when you are the underdogs and then you put on a show and you win 1-0.
“The boys were fantastic and it made a massive statement to the full league and everyone we come against that we will play our game and do the best we can.
“We are here to win the league and get back to the Premier League as that is where we belong.
“We showed that at the end of last season when we went on a good run, and we have started where we left off. We have a close knit team and we have the bit behind us just now.
“There is a great atmosphere around the stadium at the moment, and there is no place I’d rather be just now.”
After a disappointing League Cup campaign, Caley Thistle have not conceded a goal since, with five clean sheets in a row in all competitions.
Deas says as a defender, there’s nothing more he takes pride in than keeping the opposition scoreline at zero.
Looking back at the Buckie game, he said: “Getting the clean sheet was important for myself because how we have started in the league. “To continue that run meant a lot.
“As a defender I rarely score, so clean sheets to me is the equivalent, so I take massive pride as it shows we are doing our job.”