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Striker says Inverness Caley Thistle focus is on avoiding relegation battle

By Will Clark

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Hibs Myziane Maolida and Caley's Remi Savage. Picture: Callum Mackay..
Hibs Myziane Maolida and Caley's Remi Savage. Picture: Callum Mackay..

BILLY Mckay says Inverness Caledonian Thistle are determined to learn from their experience of taking on Premiership opposition to improve their Championship form and ease clear of relegation.

Caley Thistle were knocked out of the Scottish Cup fifth round when they went down 3-1 to Hibernian at the Caledonian Stadium.

Inverness host Partick Thistle on Saturday in the Championship and are desperate for a victory to stay out of the drop zone.

Queen’s Park 3-0 win at Dunfermline Athletic saw the Spiders move out of the bottom two in sixth place.

Inverness dropped to eighth and are only ahead of Dunfermline in ninth thanks to a better goal difference.

Mckay says while their cup run was a bonus, knows their real aim is to get out of a relegation scrap.

He said: “For me, the real game starts next weekend, we need to take the positives and let go of any negatives.

“It is a massive few weeks where we know we have to start picking up points.

“We need to go on a run, we get a win and in the next match we seem to let ourselves down.

“There are still enough games, but with every game played, time runs out. We need a good performance against Partick first and foremost and then go on a run.”

With the game goalless at half time, Hibernian proved too good as they stormed to victory in the second half. Myziane Maolida broke the deadlock for Hibernian before Martin Boyle doubled their advantage and Elie Youan’s strike in injury time secured victory.

Aaron Doran grabbed a consolation in injury time for Inverness with the last kick of the match as Hibernian progressed to a quarter final clash against Rangers.

Speaking about the loss to Hibs, Mckay said: “We gifted them goals and they did not have to earn it too much.

“It was disappointing, but we made a good account ourselves.”

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