Inverness CT V Partick at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium : Match Preview

19 October 2013 01:01
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McKay draws on strong home record

Billy McKay would love to see Inverness turn their stadium into a fortress this season by continuing their excellent home form when Partick Thistle come calling.

The Highlanders have won all four games at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium so far, netting 10 goals and conceding none along the way.

And McKay believes also making amends for their shock 4-0 defeat at St Johnstone in their last outing means a double incentive to come out on top on Sunday.

The striker said: "We had the little blip in the last game but we will put that behind us and go again on Sunday.

"We knew the last game wasn't good enough. We've got a home game to look forward to and we are unbeaten at home and we've not conceded a goal yet.

"We will be very confident going into Sunday's game. All the lads have trained really well and hopefully we will get a result.

"The start to the season we've had has been really good. Even in the first few away games we put in good performances.

"We are confident on our home pitch that we can win every game.

"To not concede a goal yet is great and hopefully we can keep that going on Sunday."

Partick, back in the top flight this season, head to the Highlands in a respectable eighth position in the Scottish Premiership.

McKay said: "They'll be hard work. They've had a good start to the season for a team just coming up.

"If we're not at it, they'll come at us and we have to make sure we play well. If our performance is good, I'm confident we can get the three points."

With nine goals so far, McKay has been one of the star performers for Inverness.

And he says being handed a taste of international action with Northern Ireland in their World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan can help to make him an even better player.

He said: "It was a good experience. It wasn't the result we wanted in the first game but it was good to get away and get minutes on the pitch.

"It can only help me to progress in my career.

"Playing with players who are playing week in week out in the English Premier League is great and you can only learn from them."

Partick Thistle midfielder Stuart Bannigan is still smarting from Scotland Under-21 disappointment.

The Jags midfielder broke into Billy Stark's squad in February, making his debut in an away friendly in Greece before playing in the European Championship qualifier against Luxembourg at St Mirren Park and in August's defeat by England in a challenge match in Sheffield.

Bannigan withdrew from the Scots squad for their Euro qualifier against the Netherlands in September through injury and was subsequently left out of the double-header against Slovakia and Georgia last week, a blow which he will use to spur him on.

"Obviously you don't like getting left out," he said.

"But you take it on board. I was happy enough to be in the squad before. I didn't think I would get a chance.

"So I will keep playing the way I am playing and hopefully I will get back in.

"I think it always does (spur you on), I think it does to most people.

"They would be lying if they said it didn't but, as I said, I will keep playing and hopefully I will get picked for the next couple of games."

Bannigan spent much of the time during the international break "pondering the loss" against Hibernian in Thistle's last outing when the home side dominated most of the game before losing to a late Liam Craig goal.

Speaking on Friday at Paperino's in the west end of Glasgow, where he was helping promote a new sponsorship deal between the restaurant and the Maryhill club, he looked forward to "three really tough games" in the Scottish Premiership with the trip to the Highlands followed by matches against league leaders Celtic and Aberdeen.

"I would say they are maybe the top three teams in the league so we will be looking forward to them," said Bannigan.

"We have played quite well away from home this season so we will be looking to get a win on Sunday, definitely.

"Inverness had a great start to the season and then a blip in their last game against St Johnstone, when it was 4-0.

"They will be looking to rectify that against us, just as we will be looking to rectify the Hibs game.

"So I think it will be a good game."

Source: PA