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Head coach says teams in the Championship are desperate to turn Inverness Caledonian Thistle over

By Will Clark

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INVERNESS Caledonian Thistle head coach Billy Dodds says clubs in the Championship are desperate to become the first to beat them this season.

Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Inverness CT(3) v Partick Thistle(1). 11.09.21. ICT manager Billy Dodds.
Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Inverness CT(3) v Partick Thistle(1). 11.09.21. ICT manager Billy Dodds.

Five wins out of five have sent Inverness three points clear at the top of the Championship, as their perfect start to the league season continues.

They head to bottom of the table Dunfermline Athletic tomorrow afternoon, 14 points ahead of the Pars, who were widely tipped to challenge for the title at the start of the season.

But whoever Inverness play and whatever position they are in, Dodds says his team now have a target on their backs as teams look to be the first to take three points off them.

“I think it will give teams an impetus to try and beat us,” he said.

“We’ve now got a target on our backs, everyone wants to beat us now. We are the league leaders at this moment in time. They will be saying let’s be the first to roll this team over.

“Dunfermline will be desperate to turn us over, but we are a good side so it is a match we are looking forward to and we will have to be at our best.”

Victory over Dunfermline would put Caley Thistle 17 points ahead of the Pars after six matches.

With other fancied teams such as Hamilton Academical and Raith Rovers faltering early on, Dodds says they are looking at how their good start has pulled them away from certain clubs. But he said it is only a start.

“We have looked at that as well, I’ve got to emphasise it is only a good start, but it is nice,” said Dodds.

“I knew what it was like coming here on the tail end of last season being on the chase.

“It’s not a nice pressure trying to get points, I would rather have them in the bag.

“It’s just a good start and I don’t want to get carried away with it but I know the team are capable.”

He added: “I am looking at every angle and teams are on the chase, that is what I have said to the lads.”

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