Sunday 18 February 2018

Foran: We're mentally weak, lacking bottle

Inverness manager Richie Foran:
Inverness manager Richie Foran: "Unfortunately we have a few players hiding." Photo: Ken Macpherson

Matt Law

Inverness boss Richie Foran hit out at his "weak" players as he admitted his side are now in relegation trouble.

The Highlanders suffered a 3-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Hamilton which now leaves them three points adrift at the bottom of the Scottish Premiership.

The Irishman has previously refused to contemplate a battle against the drop, but their limp display now leaves him with no choice.

"Unfortunately we have a few players hiding," Foran said. "We have a few mentally weak players, who can't handle it. They can't handle being bottom of the league. There are a few lacking a bit of bottle.

"It is worrying and maybe those players need a rest. You are looking for warriors and fighters now. I can't keep making excuses for them. It is not good enough.

"I'm sick of hearing apologies for individual mistakes when I go in after the game.

"I don't want to hear that any more. They need to keep their mouths shut and go out and perform. I can't keep telling them to have belief, they've got to believe it."

Alex D'Acol, Grant Gillespie and Rakish Bingham all netted as Accies claimed their first win in 13 league games, while home keeper Gary Woods saved a Greg Tansey penalty with the score at 1-0.

Mick McCarthy is another Irish manager under pressure after last night's 3-0 defeat to Derby was met by a chorus of boos from the home fans at Portman Road.

Three first-half goals saw Derby cruise to victory as Craig Bryson, Tom Ince and Darren Bent found the net against confidence-hit Ipswich, who have only won one game in their last seven and are now down in 17th place in the Championship.

Irish Independent

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