Billy Dodds says fitness not an issue as Inverness fail to make play-off history

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St Johnstone v Inverness Caledonian Thistle – Scottish Premiership – Play Off Final – Second Leg – McDiarmid Park
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Inverness manager Billy Dodds insisted fatigue was not a origin aft his broadside failed to make past successful the cinch Premiership play-offs.

Caley Thistle were looking to go the archetypal squad to successfully navigate six games since the existent format of top-flight play-offs were introduced up of the 2013-14 season.

But they fell abbreviated against St Johnstone aft slumping to a 6-2 aggregate defeat.

Saints are the 5th squad to flight relegation via the play-offs, pursuing successful the footsteps of Motherwell, Kilmarnock, Hamilton and St Mirren.

Three teams person been promoted to the Premiership via the play-offs – Hamilton, Livingston and Dundee – but each were Championship runners-up and lone had 4 games to play.

Inverness articulation Rangers and Dundee United successful falling astatine the last hurdle aft finishing extracurricular the Championship apical two.

But Dodds felt fittingness was not an contented aft his broadside got much clip to hole for the last than St Johnstone, who played their last Premiership crippled 2 days aft Caley Thistle reached the last connected penalties astatine Arbroath.

The scores were level with 45 minutes of the 2 legs near but Stevie May’s close-range decorativeness seconds aft the restart, followed by Cammy MacPherson’s deflected strike, enactment Saints firmly successful the driving seat.

Aaron Doran missed a bully accidental to get Inverness backmost successful it and some Callum Hendry and Shaun Rooney netted precocious counter-attack goals arsenic Inverness threw men forward.

On the six-game schedule, Dodds said: “We didn’t find it that hard. I deliberation the archetypal 2 are the toughest due to the fact that you play Friday-Tuesday, Friday-Tuesday.

“When we got our interruption of a week, you spot erstwhile we spell 2-0 down we are the squad that are inactive going. They sat back, I cognize that, but we are the squad that are trying to unit it and we had a fantastic accidental astatine 2-0. It wasn’t fittingness whatsoever.

“The archetypal 4 games were the toughest but there’s nary excuses for these 2 due to the fact that we got ourselves backmost successful the necktie astatine Inverness and I thought we had them aft 45 minutes (in Perth). But recognition to St Johnstone, they handled the unit and got the goals astatine the close time.”

Dodds volition instrumentality assurance from their adjacent miss into adjacent play and vowed to larn from their mid-season dip erstwhile they went 11 games without a win.

“We person inactive got a batch of the squad truthful I conscionable person to adhd to it,” helium said. “We person got that unity and squad tone truthful we conscionable person to adhd the close ones.”

He volition person to regenerate 37-year-old erstwhile Rangers defender Kirk Broadfoot, who is looking for a nine person to his Ayrshire home.

When asked what his plans were for adjacent season, Broadfoot said: “Who knows? It volition beryllium person to location though. I’ve got a family. It was a one-year thing, it ever was. I’ve got a young household that I request to beryllium with each night.

“I volition support playing if the accidental comes up. If it doesn’t, I volition retire. It’s been a bully run. I volition conscionable instrumentality it arsenic it comes.”

Dodds paid tribute to the departing defender.

“He has brought a batch to the club, not conscionable arsenic a subordinate and the standards helium brings but the idiosyncratic helium is, the desire, the determined attitude,” the manager said.

“Sometimes large Kirk volition beryllium hopeless to triumph and it’s a happening a batch of the boys haven’t seen before. But that’s wherefore helium has played successful a UEFA Cup final. He has brought that modular – you person nary thought however bully a nonrecreational helium is. For the young boys to spot the things helium does, it’s unique.”

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