Ross County defender Andrew Davies reckons the Staggies are due a derby victory against Caley Thistle and claimed tomorrow’s hosts are no better than his side.
Despite County finishing in the top-six at Inverness’ expense last season, Caley Jags won all three league matches between the sides, with the only win for Jim McIntyre’s men coming in a 2-1 League Cup quarter-final triumph at Caledonian Stadium in October.
Caley Jags’ derby domination stretches back to when the clubs entered the senior leagues in 1994, with Inverness boasting 26 wins to County’s 12.
The struggle for derby success sticks in Davies’ throat, and the former England under-21 international is determined to put it right against Richie Foran’s side in Inverness tomorrow.
Davies said: “We feel we owe this team one. I don’t think they’re better than us at all.
“They have beaten us a lot of times and beat us a couple of times last season but it’s important we go over the bridge and put one over on them.
“I know the supporters feel it and it’s a game I feel we should be winning, but we haven’t. They beat us in the league and fair play to them.
“But we’re going to make sure we make it as difficult as we possibly can for them.
“It’s so important we get this win and change the mood among the supporters.”
Both sides are looking for their first league victory of the season, with County falling to a 3-1 home defeat against Dundee on the opening day of the campaign last weekend while Inverness were beaten at Partick and were then knocked out of the Betfred Cup by League 1 Alloa on Tuesday.
Davies is confident his team can show the greater resilience to get the better of their rivals, and the 31-year-old added: “Of course it was disappointing on Saturday, but it is a long season. There will be times we lose games.
“What we did so well last year was bounce back really well from setbacks. That’s what we plan on doing again.”