‘We let each other down,’ says Caley Thistle’s Nathan Shaw as they prepare for Ayr clash
Nathan Shaw insists Caley Thistle is determined to stop the slide and kick off his season with a home win against Championship leaders Ayr United on Saturday.
Inverness have an injury crisis, with up to 10 players ruled out through injury ahead of this sixth encounter.
ICT have not won any of their last six games and trail their visitors by six points get into this fight.
The last weeks disappointing 2-1 loss to Queen’s Park from a winning position was the final setback for the Highlanders of Billy Dodds.
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And the winger Shaw explained that he was eager to go for the maximum points against the Honest Men.
He said: “Obviously it’s a game I’m looking forward to.
“We’ve let ourselves down with our results for the past few weeks so we’re all looking forward to it.
“We all know what we are capable of, we want to be at the top of the table at the end of the season.
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“In the last few games we haven’t been as good as we could be, so we’re looking to get back to being a good team and hopefully we get the win.
“We know what we’re capable of as a group, and we’ve shown we can string together results and win four or five on the rebound.”
A ruthless advantage needed to sink rivals
Caley Thistle scored just two points from a possible 15 and drew against Arbroath and lost to Queen’s Park after leading 1-0 each time.
Shaw, 21, believes they had to finish off opponents when in control of games.
He said: “There is always an opportunity to win games because we create chances.
“It’s just about putting the ball in the back of the net like we did last Saturday.
“We led 1-0, and if we had scored a second goal it would have given us a huge boost.
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“It’s about being ruthless, once we have one we have to go on and get another one.
“It will take the pressure off the defense if we can put balls in the back of the net.”
Caley Thistle targets self-confidence
Although Ayr, shooting largely through 13-goal forward Dipo Akinyemi, is a tough opponent to face right now, Shaw knows the upside would be significant should they win.
He added: “It will be a big challenge for us, and obviously if we can get a win against the best in the league, that will give us a lot of confidence for the next games.”
Shaw, who was a summer signing for Fylde, has three goals to his name this season and he insists the injured side are united in their efforts to get back to winning ways.
He said: “We are definitely running out of numbers per minute so we have to stick together and work hard like we always do. Hopefully the results will turn around. »
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