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Goalkeeper Mark Ridgers looks for Inverness Caledonian Thistle to end blip in Championship form

By Will Clark

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GOALKEEPER Mark Ridgers says Inverness Caledonian Thistle can overcome their blip in form and get back to winning ways against Dunfermline Athletic on Saturday.

Picture - Andy Barr. Dunfermline v Inverness CT. 18.09.21. ICT 'keeper Mark Ridgers saves from Dunfermline's Craig Wighton.
Picture - Andy Barr. Dunfermline v Inverness CT. 18.09.21. ICT 'keeper Mark Ridgers saves from Dunfermline's Craig Wighton.

Inverness have gone four league matches without a win, but last weekend closed the gap at the top to one point after leaders Kilmarnock suffered a home defeat to Partick Thistle.

Victory at the Caledonian Stadium on Saturday could move Inverness top if Kilmarnock fail to win at Greenock Morton.

After winning seven of their first nine matches this season, Ridgers admits it has been disappointing they have gone four matches without victory.

But with Kilmarnock still within their reach with a positive result, Ridgers believes they are still on course to challenge for promotion this season.

“Everyone would snap your hand off to be in our position compared to where they are and that is the difference,” said Ridgers.

“Some of our games we have been unlucky and we have drawn a lot too.

“The Championship you can’t look at and judge it on league position because every team is closer than the table suggests.

“Dunfermline Athletic are still a threat and have good players and many tipped them to be challenging for the title.

“Every game we approach we are trying to win.

“For the end of the season we set a goal and we are on track for that.

“The start of the season was fantastic, now we have a blip by drawing a few games, but a lot of teams would rather be in our position than theirs, so we can’t complain too much.

“Winning these games at home are vital.”

Despite conceding the lead twice against Ayr United in a 2-2 draw last weekend, Inverness have the joint best defensive record with Kilmarnock, having only conceded eight goals in 13 matches.

Ridgers says while their defensive record has been impressive, they have to make it count with results.

“We have conceded only eight goals in the league and it is a great return.

“We always said that we have the foundations of a good team, there have been games where we have not scored but we have managed to keep clean sheets.

“Then we have scored a couple but not kept a clean sheet, that is where we will be throughout the whole season.”

He added:“We know ourselves it is a big ask to do it every week and not many teams do that.

“But the more clean sheets we get, we won’t lose games, so it is nice to keep it going as the season goes on, but it is ultimately about scoring as well.”

Looking ahead to Dunfermline, Ridgers said: “Its not going well for them, but they have good players and we know that from the game earlier this season.

“But it is one of those games, if you win home games you’re close to finishing at the top. So it is in our mind to turn draws into wins.”

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