A big chance wasted and a throwback to home woes S
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