ROSS COUNTY boss Jim McIntyre admitted he was relieved to finally get the “monkey off his back” with his side’s 3-2 win over Caley Thistle.
The Inverness side had won on their last five visits to Dingwall and McIntyre had not beaten them on home soil during his reign.
But a first-half double from Liam Boyce and a Martin Woods goal were enough to give County three points with Carl Tremarco and Alex Fisher on target for the visitors.
McIntyre said: “I’m delighted. It was very pleasing to get our monkey off our back as we haven’t beaten Inverness since we arrived here.
“We wanted to get back into the top six and we set the players that challenge a couple of months back. Apart from the last two results, we have been very consistent and the lads have been superb.
“Inverness had a lot of the game, too, but our chances were better than theirs and we deserved to win.”
The County boss was full of praise for top scorer Boyce and added: “Liam is a huge player for us and a clever one who we ask to play in a lot of positions.
“Wherever he plays, he can hurt the opposition as he has football intelligence and he can still get himself into goalscoring positions. He is a class player.”
Caley gaffer Richie Foran said: “It’s fine margins. We looked the better football team and they looked really dangerous on the counter. We’ve created chances and put lots of crosses in the box.
“There’s a bit of a confidence problem running through the team at the moment. There was a bit of nervousness there which I saw from the start.
“The goals gave us a lift, but when you’re low on confidence, you’re low on energy.
“The second goal killed us – we let him inside and it’s schoolboy stuff. We should be showing him outside. But we’re still in the pack. We’re six points off the top six – two wins from where we want to be.”