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Caley Thistle’s Trafford looks to ‘hunt down’ league leaders Dundee United

Inverness' Charlie Trafford, left, celebrates with goalscorer Aaron Doran
Inverness' Charlie Trafford, left, celebrates with goalscorer Aaron Doran

Charlie Trafford wants Caley Thistle to start stringing wins together to hunt down Dundee United.

The Arabs enjoy a comfortable lead at the top of the Scottish Championship but Trafford feels the Caley Jags have what it takes to close the gap.

Saturday’s 2-0 win over Alloa Athletic, courtesy of a Scott Taggart own-goal and an Aaron Doran strike, puts the Highland capital club second, ahead of their meeting with Ayr United this week.

The gap to Dundee United is down to seven points, after their game with Morton was postponed, but Caley Thistle have lost on both occasions to Robbie Neilson’s side so far this season.

They now face an important month, with Ayr, Dunfermline Athletic and Arbroath all to come to the Caledonian Stadium, along with a trip to the league’s bottom side Partick Thistle.

Beating Dundee 1-0 the week previous raised spirits and following the win over the Wasps, Trafford hopes there is more still to come.

Trafford said: “We’ve put two wins on the bounce together now.

“Now we get the home games – teams don’t really like coming up to Inverness, where it’s cold and windy. It’s a chance for us to step on the gas and get a good run of games in at the end of the year.

“We’re in second now which gives us a little lift and we have Ayr coming up to us. We’ll try to kick on now, spread that gap even more and start chasing Dundee United.

“Everyone beats everyone in this league. If you can go put five or six wins together, it’s mad how you can jump up the league. If we beat Alloa last time at home, we go top. Things change so fast.

“We’ll just focus on ourselves, put the wins together and hopefully we can hunt Dundee United down now.”

While there was an element of fortune about the first goal, there was little of such about the second, with Doran finishing off a flowing team move.

Manager John Robertson was frustrated his side did not add to their lead but Trafford insists claiming the three points was all that mattered.

He said: “It was a brilliant goal from Aaron. Jordan White has been doing that all year for us – although he’s not had as many goals as he would like, he’s a massive work-horse for us. From then, we shut things down.

“At the end of the day, we’re here for the three points.

“We’re happy to get them – you want to get that bit of confidence and punish teams.”

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