A big chance wasted and a throw­back to home woes S

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - THE SCORE -

haun Rooney de­scribed the “wasted op­por­tu­nity” against Al­loa as a throw­back to last sea­son’s strug­gles on home ter­ri­tory.

The Ca­ley This­tle de­fender watched in dis­be­lief as his team threw away a hard­earned lead against the Wasps in the dy­ing mo­ments.

Rooney and his team-mates weren’t to know it at the time, but Jor­dan White’s goal had briefly fired them to the top of the Cham­pi­onship table.

De­feats for both Dundee United and Ayr made the draw all the harder to swal­low.

Rooney said: “I can’t re­ally put it into words. We should be top of the league.

“It is bit­terly dis­ap­point­ing. We could have fin­ished the first quar­ter ahead of the rest if we’d held on and de­fended the long throw that killed us.

“We have to be able to grind it out in games like these to gain the re­sults we need.

“These are the sort of games we’ve got to win if we are go­ing to win the ti­tle this sea­son.

“Re­sults else­where went for us to­day and we were top of the league go­ing into the last five min­utes. We didn’t know that at the time, but after­wards it just adds to the dis­ap­point­ment.”

Once the dust set­tles, Rooney will be able to re­flect on a de­cent first nine matches for an In­ver­ness side that now sits third in the table, one point be­hind the joint lead­ers.

That tight sce­nario con­founds the prediction­s of many who thought Dundee United, with am­bi­tious spend­ing and the cap­ture of Lawrence Shank­land, would run away with the ti­tle.

But the for­mer York City and Queen of the South de­fender stressed: “I never thought any team would run away with it.

“Teams have to put the re­sults to­gether to make it hap­pen, but ev­ery team in this league is good on their day – as this week­end’s re­sults show.

“We’ve just got to keep plug­ging on and go for it. What hap­pened on Satur­day was def­i­nitely was a wee throw­back to last sea­son when we drew 2-2 here with Al­loa.

“It takes us back to that and just serves as a re­minder of what we need to do this sea­son and where we need to keep im­prov­ing.

“We should be win­ning home games like that, no dis­re­spect to Al­loa.

“They’re a good pass­ing team, but we should win these kind of games when play­ing here in In­ver­ness.”

Spurned op­por­tu­nity: Shaun Rooney in a chal­lenge with Al­loa’s Kevin O’Hara at Cale­do­nian Sta­dium

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