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Caley Jags must continue to produce form in tight league, says Ridgers

Mark Ridgers.
Mark Ridgers.

Caley Thistle goalkeeper Mark Ridgers says his side must capitalise on further twists that will come during the Championship campaign.

Inverness missed out on the opportunity to move top of the league on Saturday, conceding a last-minute goal to draw 2-2 with Alloa Athletic on a weekend in which top two sides Dundee United and Ayr United both lost.

Ridgers feels margins are fine in the second-tier, making it all the more important the Highlanders maintain their own form to keep up their promotion push.

Ridgers said: “When you look at Falkirk getting relegated last year, it shows it’s a hard league. A lot of teams are on a level playing field with players coming and going.

“Dundee and Dundee United have got the financial power. Dundee United have already shown that with a couple of signings. We all know what Lawrence Shankland has done for them, and you look at what he did for Ayr last year.

“It’s going to be nip and tuck, there are going to be changes along the way.

“We need to continue to produce the results, especially at home.

“We just have to keep building on what we know was an issue last year, which was draws.”

Saturday’s result against the Wasps was only Inverness’ second draw of the season, having racked up 14 during the course of last campaign.

Former Hearts and St Mirren goalkeeper Ridgers says striking a winning habit has been a strong priority early on this term, adding: “For myself and I know I speak for a lot of the boys in the dressing room, it was frustrating last year.

“The draws were games we put a lot into, and didn’t get what we wanted out of.

“This year maybe that’s in the back of our minds when we are going out there.

“The manager has said it a lot, and he keeps reiterating it to us as well, but it’s just about winning now.

“First and foremost it’s about winning games to try and get promoted. It doesn’t matter how we do it.

“That’s how it’s going to be throughout the whole season, so if we can continue that, you never know where we are going to go.”

Although Inverness missed out on promotion through the play-offs last season, Ridgers feels manager John Robertson now has the strength in depth to carry Caley Jags through the full campaign.

The 29-year-old added: “We had a lot of games over a period of time last year. The squad was 14 or 15 players who could do a job, so one or two injuries was a problem.

“This year the manager has identified where we needed to strengthen, and we have done that.

“It’s a good squad we have. Most importantly we have the players that can come on and change a game.”

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