Published: 09/11/2017 09:45 - Updated: 08/11/2017 10:55

Caley Thistle shut-out masters target Irn-Bru Cup semis

Written byPaul Chalk

 

Caley Thistle manager John Robertson.
Caley Thistle manager John Robertson.
JOHN Robertson would love his Caley Jags players to create a new defensive club record – but insists reaching the Irn-Bru Cup semi-final at Falkirk’s expense matters more.

 

ICT are unbeaten in six games, shutting out opponents since they lost 2-1 at Dumbarton on September 23 to move into seventh place in the Ladbrokes Championship, with a winning run the target to take them into the promotion play-off pack.

On Saturday, they held hosts Livingston 0-0, with the Lions being denied the chance to top the table with a win.

As well as trying to see off their Championship visitors Falkirk, who have

not won any of their four games since Paul Hartley took over, for a place in the semis, Caley Thistle can also create a new club record if they don’t concede in the first 50 minutes.

The current record was set in 2014 when they went a total of 617 minutes without leaking a goal.

Caley Jags boss Robertson says he’s proud of the performances of his well-drilled side, but insists getting through in the Irn-Bru Cup in Saturday’s 5.15pm kick-off then racking up league wins against Brechin and St Mirren top his wish list.

He said: "We have not conceded since the 63rd minute against Dumbarton (on September 23), so we know the club record would not be far off.

"If that is the case then that is something for the players to aim for, but while we want to keep this fantastic run going as long as possible, the important thing is that, should there be a set-back we are comfortable in dealing with it.

"The most important thing for us is winning games. I’d obviously far rather than three 2-1 wins than three 0-0 draws within this unbeaten run."

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