Caley Thistle forward Billy Mckay reckons his side must improve on last weekend’s performance against Dundee if they are to maintain second place in the Premiership.
Inverness came from behind to defeat the Dark Blues 2-1 at Dens Park, with Mckay netting the equalising goal before Ryan Christie netted a late winner for the Highlanders.
The Caley Jags are three points behind leaders Celtic, however Aberdeen and Dundee United both won at the weekend to remain within touching distance of John Hughes’ side.
With Hamilton Accies also in close pursuit Mckay knows how close the chase for second place will be, and the Northern Irishman wants a better performance when Partick Thistle visit the Caledonian Stadium on Saturday.
Mckay said: “It’s very tight at the minute. Celtic are at the top, while Dundee United are a point behind us, Aberdeen are four points behind and we’re five points ahead of Hamilton.
“We’ve just got to make sure we keep winning and keep our place at the top.
“We’re only going to do that by playing better than we did against Dundee.
“Given the way we’ve been playing, it was one of the poorest games we’ve had all season.
“We didn’t play well all game, but in the second-half I didn’t feel too much danger.
“We were just delighted to get the win, put the performance behind us and stay where we are in the league.
“We’ve been playing really well, so it was bound to happen.
“The law of averages said we would have a bad game.
“We had that on Saturday and we still managed to get the win.”
Caley Thistle remain unbeaten at home this season, and Mckay has targeted a fifth straight home win against Alan Archibald’s side.
Mckay added: “We’ll take last week’s result and move on. We look forward to every game.
“Hopefully we can get back on form with our performances and keep the wins going.
“Against Partick on Saturday we’ll be looking to get the win and put in a better performance than we did last weekend.
“If we get a performance like we did when we beat St Mirren 4-0 in the Scottish Cup replay last week, I’m sure we can win.”