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What is Inverness Caledonian Thistle player Wallace Duffy sick of relying on?

By Will Clark

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Wallace Duffy. Picture: Callum Mackay.
Wallace Duffy. Picture: Callum Mackay.

WALLACE Duffy says Inverness Caledonian Thistle are sick of relying on other teams’ results and now welcomes the chance of moving out of the bottom two being within their own hands.

A 2-1 win over Arbroath yesterday has moved Inverness to within one point of Queen’s Park who are in eighth place.

Queen’s Park were thrashed by Dundee United 5-0 yesterday and now Inverness head to Hampden next Saturday knowing victory will move them to at least eighth and out of the relegation play-off zone.

Duffy, who scored in the 2-1 win over Arbroath yesterday, says the team are pleased that their result next week will decide whether they remain in the bottom two.

He said: “We are sick of waiting on results of other teams, instead of taking them by our own.

“You can’t rely on other teams to drop points, you just have to win points by playing well and whatever happens, happens.

“Finally we have been able to take it in our own hands. We won points, they lost points and next weekend we will look to take more points than them and look to keep us up at the end of the season.”

Usually played as a full back, Duffy found himself in a right wing role against Arbroath, which led to him scoring the opener.

Leighton McIntosh levelled after the hour mark before Alex Samuel scored the winner 10 minutes from time.

He also scored in the 1-1 draw against Dundee United at Tannadice last month.

Duffy says manager Duncan Ferguson has encouraged him to put himself in positions where he can score.

He said: “The gaffer has been on at me to get up at the back post.

“I just needed to stay alert and have a go at goal when the chance comes.

“He has been on at me constantly to defend at the back post and score at the back post. “Hopefully I can get the chance to do it again.”

Despite the more attacking role he has been pushed into due to injuries in the squad, Duffy says he is learning to adapt going forward.

“It is not natural to me at all, probably by trade I am more of a centre half playing right back. I am not used to it.

“I have not got to grips with it as much as I would have liked to.

“But I am doing my role for the team, we have to when we have a lot of injuries.

“But I am enjoying it because I am scoring in the box and it is always the flicker of hope you get on the end of something. That is keeping me going.”

Inverness won at home in the Championship for the first time in 2024 with their 2-1 win against Arbroath.

In total, Inverness have only won three matches in the Championship matches at the Caledonian Stadium this season.

Duffy says Saturday’s win against Arbroath can hopefully encourage them to a strong finish to the campaign and avoid the relegation play-off.

In our heads, the plan was to win here as we have not done that in months.

“In all fairness to Arbroath, that was the game you wanted at home.

“That is probably them relegated and Queen’s Park were playing the best team in the league in Dundee United.

“We thought that if both results went our way, next week sets us up, it is a massive win. Having a superior goal difference is like an extra point which is massive for us going into the game at Queen’s Park.

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