Inverness City 0 Nairn County 2 - Reaction

24th July, 2016 •
Posted In: Match Reactions
Written By: Graeme Macleod •
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A 2-0 win over Inverness City handed Ronnie Sharp a second win in three days following on from Thursday night's 5-3 success over Nairn St Ninian in the Bridgemill Direct Challenge Match, writes Graeme Macleod.

County seemed to have learned from the mistakes they made on Thursday and looked a lot more solid defensively and in the middle of the park while continuing to pose a potent threat going forward.

Sharp said: "It was very positive. The second half performance was very good but in the first half, we tried a different system which did not really suit us. We went back to the system we played against Nairn St Ninian on Thursday for the second half and I thought we played a lot better."

"We have some players missing and others have left the club, so the young boys got a chance and I thought they did really well."

"We kept the ball well and there was a good shape about us, especially in the second half. The most pleasing aspect though was the performance of the young boys. Some of them are probably going to have to play next Saturday against Brora. Today was another game under their belts and they are getting used to playing alongside the older, more experienced boys."

Sharp was also satisfied to see his team keep a clean sheet with a back four that included a first start for youngster Callum Ednie providing protection for goalkeeper Dylan Maclean.

Sharp added: "The back four and Dylan played well and keeping a clean sheet will be a confidence booster for them. We lost some poor goals against St Ninian on Thursday night but it is a learning curve for everybody and that is what it is all about. It is only two weeks we have been in, so we have to keep working on the shape and on the attacking side of things as well. Overall, I am delighted with the way we played today."

One of those back four was trialist Calum Riddell, who followed his opener against St Ninian with the clinching second goal this afternoon.

Sharp commented: "He has got two goals in two games and that is after moving to centre half. I think he is doing really well alongside Glenn Main. They seem to be working well together although it is still early days. We need to keep working at it."

Today's game was Sharp's last chance to finalise his plans for the season opener against Brora Rangers at Station Park next Saturday.

The boss said: "It is one of those games where we will just have to see how it goes. It is a totally new team we have now because 12 players have gone out and there will be one or two more who have not been involved in the team to follow. The whole first 11 from last season has more or less gone."

"I have every confidence in the players I have left though. If we get the shape right and we work together then there is no reason why we cannot put in a good performance and we will see where that takes us."


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