Published: 07/09/2017 09:00 - Updated: 06/09/2017 11:46

Beating Hearts is our Blue Toon warning - Inverness CT boss Robertson

Written byPaul Chalk

 

ICT keeper Mark Ridgers hits a pass-back into the path of Aberdeen’s Seb Ross for Aberdeen under-20s first goal on Saturday.
ICT keeper Mark Ridgers hits a pass-back into the path of Aberdeen’s Seb Ross for Aberdeen under-20s first goal on Saturday.
JOHN Robertson insists Peterhead beating Hearts is warning enough for his Caley Jags side after being paired against the Blue Toon in the Irn-Bru Cup third round.

 

Robbo’s Championship team will host Jim McInally’s League Two visitors on October 7 or 8 following ICT making it through 4-2 against Aberdeen under-20s at Brechin on Saturday, while Peterhead saw off Annan Athletic 2-0.

And with a couple of ex-Caley Jags men out to cause a stir, Robertson is on his guard.

He said: "I’m delighted to get a home draw, but it will be a tough tie. Peterhead, with a few former Inverness players such as Rory McAllister and Jason Brown, have shown already what they are capable of when they beat Hearts in the Betfred Cup."

Peterhead are fourth in League Two, having picked up six points from their first four league fixtures.

One player who won’t play against Peterhead will be midfielder Charlie Trafford.

His reaction to a reckless challenge by Aberdeen colts’ Frank Ross saw him sent off, having already been booked, with the Reds kid also getting a straight red card late on.

While Robertson will miss the Canadian middle man, who joined from Finnish club RoPS in the summer, he said he understood why the player saw red.

He explained: "We were disappointed that Charlie was sent off because he misses the next round of the cup. If you are on a yellow card then you cannot react.

"You leave that to the others in the team who are not on a yellow. He got his second booking for showing an aggressive attitude, but I can understand why.

"It was a very poor tackle from Frank Ross on Joe Chalmers and Charlie’s first reaction was to show solidarity towards a team-mate, who had been whacked."

Goals from Riccardo Calder, Liam Polworth and David Raven had ICT cruising in the first half of their Irn-Bru Cup clash on Saturday at Glebe Park, although keeper Mark Ridgers was called into action in the opening 45 minutes.

A weak back pass from defender Coll Donaldson saw Ridgers slice a clearance off Sebastian Ross and it flew into the net to give Paul Sheerin’s young Dons hope.

Carl Tremarco, who had been out with cruciate ligament damage since April, came off the bench to score before Bruce Anderson slid home a late second for Aberdeen 20s.

Robertson felt it was a strange tie as almost total control was replaced by errors, which let their opponents back in.

He said: "We only had 15 fit players, so we thought ‘do we leave two or three out for the sake of it, or do we continue to keep the momentum going from our win the week before?’

"The latter was the decision, as a management trio, that we decided on.

"In that respect, the game was good, the first half in particular.

"We went about it in the right manner and the tie became too easy, or simple. And that was not because of the opposition, it was more about us doing our jobs very well.

"A slackness then crept into our play and you could see that with the first goal.

"It would be easy to point the finger at Mark Ridgers, but he certainly wasn’t to blame.

"It was a really poor back pass and Mark had to try and rescue the situation and he was a wee bit unfortunate.

"However, that goal was an example of the slackness. We had to then dig in and it was more of a test."

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