Caley Thistle manager John Robertson senses today’s Championship opponents Falkirk are on the rise despite last weekend’s shock Scottish Cup loss to League 1 side Stenhousemuir.
The Bairns are two points adrift of Partick Thistle at the foot of the table with only two victories since Ray McKinnon replaced Paul Hartley just three games into the campaign.
Falkirk had lost just one of their four league matches prior to last weekend’s humiliating 4-2 loss to the Warriors, and Robertson is wary of a response.
Robertson said: “Falkirk seem to be a team lacking in a bit of confidence at the moment. They are coming here on the back of decent league form, they have had a couple of draws and a win. They will be looking to try and jump up the table quickly, they don’t want to be marooned down there.
“We were down in that bottom area last year, and as we know it only takes one really good performance to spark it.
“They have got the quality there. Sometimes it just needs that one big result, which they got a couple of weeks ago against Dunfermline, to kick on.
“They will be hugely disappointed with last week and we will have to watch for a big reaction to losing against Stenhousemuir.”
Caley Jags have not won in their last four home fixtures and despite having a depleted squad for this weekend’s game, Robertson wants his side to take the game to their visitors, following a run of eight draws and one win from their last nine league matches.
He added: “We want to pick up our league form – we have said that before.
“The players have trained very well, they are looking sharp. We are looking to go out there and play with a tempo and pace of play we know we can play at, and take our chances.
“If we do that we will win more games – it’s as simple as that. It’s up to us to really go on the front foot and get the three points.”