Caley Thistle midfielder Aaron Doran feels an improved run of home form is vital to the Highlanders’ Championship promotion hopes.
Inverness have struggled for home victories this season, with just one triumph in their eight league matches at Caledonian Stadium so far.
Although Inverness have only suffered one defeat in that sequence, Irishman Doran feels his side must turn more of their draws into victories in order to regain the fear factor on home territory.
Doran said: “I think we need more wins here. We need to make it a bit more of a fortress.
“Over the years it has been like that, teams don’t like coming up here to play against us.
“We need to get that back. Most teams have come up here and sat in, and we have probably found it a little bit difficult to break them down.
“That’s what we need to work on. We have been working on getting in behind teams in training.”
Inverness were left out of action last weekend following the postponement of their trip to leaders Ayr United on Friday night, and although his side dropped to fifth on goal difference Doran feels results elsewhere could work in his side’s favour if they can capitalise with a victory over third-placed Dundee United on Saturday.
Caley Jags are six points adrift of United with a game in hand, and Doran added: “With the three draws, and Partick beating Dunfermline, it was a pretty good set of results for us at the weekend.
“If we can put in a good performance and maybe get a win at the weekend we are right in the pack.
“We want to stay in the play-off places, and that’s our aim for the season. There are some big games coming up, with Dundee United, Morton away and then the Highland derby against Ross County.
“It’s three big games and we want to pick up as many points as we can to stay in those play-off places and put pressure on the teams above us.”
United made a strong start after Robbie Neilson took charge in October but have taken just one point from their last two games against Ayr and Morton, however Doran is wary of the Tannadice outfit, with the 27-year-old adding: “Dundee United have done really well. Their last results were a bit of blip, but Robbie Neilson has won manager of the month and they have been on fire since he took over so it will be a really tough game.
“We are looking to catch them in the table though and we will be going there to try and beat them. We want to make it hard for Dundee United on Saturday and look for the win.”