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Finish line is inspiring Inverness to win

By Will Clark

CHARLIE Trafford says Inverness Caledonian Thistle are determined to gallop towards the finishing line to reach the play-offs for a chance to get back to the top flight of Scottish football next season.

With five wins out of six in all competitions, Inverness are back in the play-off zone in fourth place and have a Scottish Cup semi final against Hearts next month.

ICT's Charlie Trafford knocks the ball away from Partick's Lewis Mansell.
ICT's Charlie Trafford knocks the ball away from Partick's Lewis Mansell.

The Canadian international says his team's good form is down to the urgency to pick up points in the final eight games of the season.

After the club missed out on a play-off spot last season by two points, he says players are determined to ensure that does not happen again.

"We are just digging in and what a time for us to grow in confidence and to get in a run," he said.

"It is exactly what we wanted and now we are looking to keep this run going.

"You see the home stretch and the end of the season approaching, there are still lots of games and points to be had.

"There isn't just one game that can be seen as a decider at this point.

"The end of the season is in our mind and that is what is giving us that extra bit of motivation.

"We see the finish line, we see the goal that we have set and we are now looking to push it."

Trafford (26) says the club are looking to replicate their end of season form from the last campaign when after a disastrous start they went undefeated in their final 12 games which included nine wins.

He says the club have already proven in the last two seasons they are capable of handling the big occasions.

"The club has a funny way of being able to handle pressure situations.

"We have a good history in the cup competitions, we won the Irn-Bru Cup last year and when the going gets tough we seem to dig in and go.

"It helps that we have proved that we could do it last year with the undefeated run and it gives us a bit of belief.

"At the beginning of the season we perhaps had doubts when we kept drawing. But we are digging in and finding the wins and it is massive for us."

Trafford is also pleased with his own form as well as his team-mates.

He says they are working hard as a team to ensure they are in the top four at the end of the regular season.

"We are winning, that is what matters and I want to help the team do that.

"I think I have had a pretty good win rate in this team.

"I have backed up and people around me are playing well too.

"I just want to do what I can for the team.

"It is great to see players like Aaron Doran getting into that fifth gear now and showing what he can do.

"We have banded together and come out even stronger."

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