Bain help­less as Dundee’s High­land hoodoo con­tin­ues

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SCOTT BAIN, the Dundee goal­keeper, spared his team a thrash­ing in the High­lands but spared no­body, him­self in­cluded, as he dis­sected an­other dis­mal af­ter­noon for the Dens Park men.

The Scot­land squad goal­keeper is con­vinced the Dark Blues are close to turn­ing a cor­ner in the Lad­brokes Premier­ship cam­paign, but painted the pic­ture of a team lack­ing co­he­sion, un­der­stand­ing and cer­tainty in their work af­ter Satur­day’s set­back.

Dundee are ac­cus­tomed to dis­ap­point­ment in the High­land cap­i­tal, hav­ing failed to win at the Cale­do­nian Sta­dium in all nine past at­tempts. In­deed, they have now failed to beat Caley This­tle in 16 tus­sles, home and away, dat­ing back to Novem­ber 2009. But the truly alarm­ing statis­tic for Paul Hart­ley’s side and their sup­port­ers is the lack of a win since the open­ing day of the league sea­son.

Bain, whose im­pres­sive saves pre­vented a worse out­come in Inverness, ad­mit­ted: “We need to find our style and sense of the way we want to play. It has been a bit con­fus­ing.

“I think at the start of the day, the boys didn’t re­ally know what we were do­ing. Once we can get that shape and get our­selves to­gether, we can get out of it. We just need a lit­tle spark.

“Con­fi­dence is fine. We know we’re close. It’s just a case of putting the ball in the back of the net. But we’re not do­ing well enough de­fen­sively so that’s where our prob­lems are stem­ming from – both of those.”

Bain, with Scot­tish in­ter­na­tional am­bi­tions in mind, knows he needs to pro­duce strong per­for­mances on a weekly ba­sis – and this cer­tainly fell into that cat­e­gory. Just be­fore Lon­sana Doum­bouya’s eighth-minute opener, the Ed­in­burgh-born 24 year-old pro­duced a bril­liant tip over the bar from Ross Draper. He also de­nied Jake Mul­raney su­perbly af­ter the Dens de­fence was split wide open af­ter 64 min­utes be­fore pulling off a fine dou­ble­save from Draper and Brad McKay.

“Ob­vi­ously it is a big sea­son for me, I need to play well ev­ery week,” Bain said. “I have high ex­pec­ta­tions of my­self and high as­pi­ra­tions. So it is dis­ap­point­ing we didn’t get the re­sult but, of course, I’m al­ways look­ing to play well.”

Vic­tory hoisted Inverness into eighth place – one slot above Dundee – and it was a thor­oughly impr e s s ive per­for­mance.

Richie Fo­ran’s sign­ings ap­pear to be plug­ging the gaps left by last year’s spate of big-name de­par­tures. Brad McKay was ex­cel­lent in set­ting up two of the goals while Doum­bouya looks very ca­pa­ble. Af­ter Bain’s ac­ro­batic save from Draper, McKay fired in a su­perb cross and Doum­bouya guided a pow­er­ful header high past Bain.

Home dom­i­nance crys­tal­lized into a sec­ond goal af­ter 16 min­utes when Julen Etx­abe­guren knocked down the lively Billy King. Greg Tansey flashed the spot kick high past Bain. When Dundee ral­lied to­wards half-time, Bain’s op­po­site num­ber Owain Fon Wil­liams was a match to it. The game was then done as a con­test just six min­utes into the sec­ond half when McKay slipped a per­fect pass into Liam Pol­worth’s path in the box for a cool fin­ish.

GET IN: Caley’s Liam Pol­worth, right, cel­e­brates with Lon­sana Doum­bouya

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