Taking Things To The Last Game
Nerves may play a part in next week's final chance to book European football for Inverness.
Billy McKay knows that Inverness have to pick themselves up for the last game of their league season if they are to secure European football for the first time. The Highland club threw away a chance to book the European place on Saturday when they lost 2-1 to Dundee United after Euro rivals St Johnstone lost to Celtic earlier in the day. Terry Butcher's side are still in control of their destiny but the loss means the fight for continental football next term will go to the wire, with Inverness needing to win three points on the the last day. McKay said: "It's still in our hands and we have to go again next week. We have to go to Ross County looking for the win that will get us into Europe. We've just got to deal with it and get on with it and go there looking for the result."McKay had the chance to score from the penalty spot but missed for the second week in a row, before Aaron Doran put Inverness into the lead just before half-time. United were back level shortly after the restart thanks to Ryan Dow, before Gary Mackay-Steven scored in injury time after the home side committed men forward. On his penalty miss, McKay said: "I was confident and I thought I struck it well and the keeper made a good save. I'm disappointed I didn't put it away but we went in the lead and thought we were going to win the game, which we didn't. We were by far the better team and we just didn't take our chances. At 1-0 we were confident we were going to get the win and to lose a goal early in the second half was disappointing. I still thought we were the stronger team and we pushed on late in the game but we were done on the break and it lost us the game."United were not in the hunt for a European place but, having failed to register a win since the league split, Mackay-Steven insists they still had plenty of incentives to win the game. He said: "It was really important to get the win. In the last few games, we haven't really performed as well as we know we can do. We haven't picked up a lot of points so it was important for us to get the three points in this game. We kept plugging away and thankfully we got the winner in the end. We have got character in the team and a never-say-die attitude."
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