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Mark Ridgers: Inverness Caley Thistle have to make games in hand count

By Will Clark

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GOALKEEPER Mark Ridgers says Inverness Caledonian Thistle must make Saturday’s win at Ayr United count by not slipping up at home to Alloa Athletic tonight.

Robert Thomson hits a volley towards goal that Inverness Caledonian Thistle goalkeeper Mark Ridgers spilled for Alloa Athletic's winner.
Robert Thomson hits a volley towards goal that Inverness Caledonian Thistle goalkeeper Mark Ridgers spilled for Alloa Athletic's winner.

The Inverness number one, who had choice words in the dressing room after they lost 1–0 to Queen of the South last week, praised his team mates for their performance at Somerset Park on Saturday which was their first victory in the Championship in six matches, which went back to Dumfries in December.

Despite being in eighth place in the Championship, they are only four points off Queen of the South in fourth place.

Inverness also have four games in hand on the Doonhamers and with other results going their way last week, Ridgers is determined they make their impressive win at Ayr count.

“Ayr was a win that the club needed,” he said.

“It is only the fourth game we’ve played this year and we’re nearly at the end of February.”

He added: “It has been frustrating, but at the final whistle against Ayr, there was relief.

“To come down here and get a good result against a team like that will lift everybody up and set us in good stead going into Tuesday’s game.”

With four games in hand on fourth place Queen of the South, Ridgers says Caley Thistle’s play-off fate remains in their own hands.

But they have to start backing up victories with a run of wins to put themselves in contention for a play-off spot.

“If we can get a result on Tuesday, it will put us up into fifth,” he said.

“We will only be one point off the play-off zone with games still to play.

“But having these games in hand, people may look at this as a good thing, but we still have to go and win these games.

“We have to make them count.

“The frustrating thing is the games that we had, such as the away game at Arbroath, and especially the home game against Queen of the South, we needed to pick up points and we didn’t.”

“But the result at Ayr United showed that we can go on a run now.

“We’ve got plenty of games to do that.

“If we can get three or four wins in a row, God knows where we’ll end up.

“But the aim is still finishing in the top four this season at least.”

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