Sam Stanton hopes that Dundee United can repeat their Ross County heroics when they head back to the Highlands.
Stanton was part of the Tangerines side that travelled to Dingwall and claimed three valuable points after Paul Watson’s first half strike gave United the lead.
A solid defensive display from Robbie Neilson’s men got them right back in the promotion mix only for him to trip in the last two matches at home to Ayr and away to Morton.
They head north again today to take on Inverness Caley Thistle looking to regain momentum. Stanton believes they need to repeat their County feat if they are to secure another valuable victory.
The midfielder said: “It’s tough going up there to Inverness for anyone. We’re more than capable of going up there and getting a positive result.
“When we won at Ross County recently, it was a really good defensive performance that day.
“On our day, we know we can beat anyone so we should take confidence from that.
“We just need to get back to doing what we were doing before when we were on that good run.
“I don’t think there’s any real reason for our wee dip in form.
“It only takes a few wins and we could be right back up there by Christmas.
“We’re looking forward to this hectic period. We just want to play the games and string together a few victories.”
United seemed to have the points in the bag at Cappielow last Saturday only to concede an equaliser just 12 minutes from time. That left manager Neilson deflated and it wasn’t much fun for Stanton either.
Stanton added: “It was disappointing down at Morton.
“We felt we did enough to win the game and I think we weren’t as good in the second half compared to the first.
“Again, we still had chances to kill the game off.
“We have got to do a lot better with the goal which we lost.
“That side of it was not good enough.
“We watched the video back of the game. To be fair, the manager does that with every game whether we win or lose.
“We look at all the good stuff and the bad stuff.
“Like the rest of us, he was just unhappy and wants to see a reaction.
“We need to win these kind of games if we want to win the league.”
ICT are the draw specialists of the Championship having racked-up 11 already this season. One of those came at Tannadice on October 20, when Pavol Safranko’s goal was cancelled out by
Jordan White’s equaliser for the visitors.
Stanton said: “Inverness were good when they came to Tannadice earlier in the season.
“They are tough to play against and have got some good players.
“It will be another tough game and most games are like that in the Championship.
“They have played a similar sort of style every time we have played against them.
“That was the case last year and they have carried it on this year.”
Meanwhile as the Tannadice takeover drags on, Stanton insists that it is not on the minds of the players.
He said: “We would never use it as any sort of excuse.
“Whatever happens behind the scenes, it has nothing to do with the players.
“The manager has said just focus on ourselves, come in and train and take care of the games on a Saturday.”