The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Shootout hero Ridgers saves su­perla­tives

- Sports · League One · Dundee United F.C. · Inverness Caledonian Thistle F.C. · Inverness · Dundee

Ca­ley This­tle goal­keeper Mark Ridgers was happy to take the penalty shootout plau­dits against Clyde, but he would rather have seen a safer pas­sage to the Tun­nock’s Caramel Wafer Chal­lenge Cup semi-fi­nals.

Ridgers was the key fig­ure in the shoot-out after a dire 0-0 draw against the League 1 out­fit at Cale­do­nian Sta­dium, with his saves from Tony Wal­lace and Chris Mc­Stay en­sur­ing In­ver­ness ran out 4-2 spot-kick win­ners.

Although Ridgers was happy to play his part, he in­sists the scrappy na­ture of the vic­tory will quickly be for­got­ten if Ca­ley Jags go on to lift the tro­phy for the sec­ond time in three years.

Ridgers said: “I en­joy it, it’s one of those mo­ments where you can make your­self a hero. It’s not the way we wanted to do it, but we are through to the next round.

“In any cup com­pe­ti­tion it’s not re­ally about how you win, get­ting through is the most im­por­tant thing. We have done that, and got our­selves into an­other semi-fi­nal of this com­pe­ti­tion.”

Ridgers was dis­ap­pointed by his side’s in­abil­ity to break down the Bully Wee dur­ing the 90 min­utes, with the In­ver­ness-born goal­keeper adding: “It was a re­ally frus­trat­ing game for us. Th­ese games are al­ways dif­fi­cult, when we’re ex­pected to come out and score four or five.

“If we had scored early doors it might have been the case. In the first half I thought we dom­i­nated, we kept the ball and moved it around well.

“That fi­nal third is just lack­ing just now – that’s three games we haven’t scored in. It’s some­thing we know we need to sharpen up on.

“I don’t think you can fault the boys’ ef­fort, it was a lot bet­ter than last week in terms of how we played and what we looked to do.

“That fi­nal third is just let­ting us down, and we need to try to get that right on the train­ing ground to take into Satur­day against Dundee.”

Ridgers took pos­i­tives from his side’s de­fen­sive re­sis­tance fol­low­ing suc­ces­sive 3-0 losses to Dundee United and Ar­broath, and the 29-year-old added: “The big thing is the clean sheet. When we have lost goals this year we have ended up los­ing two or three, which is not like us since I have been here. It has only re­ally been one or two.

“The ob­jec­tive was to keep a clean sheet, which we did, but we are dis­ap­pointed we didn’t man­age to score.”

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