Match Preview - Inverness Caledonian Thistle

We are back home this weekend in the Championship as John Robertson brings his Inverness Caledonian Thistle side to Palmerston. Relegated from the Premier League in the Summer, they haven't made the start they would have hoped for in the Championship but did continue their resurgence with a comfortable win in midweek. Our last meeting ended goal-less. 

Queens boss Gary Naysmith shares his thoughts on the game ahead.

"Our game against Inverness will be our sixth fixture in the space of 21 days and when you consider that we've had to do a fair bit of travelling in those three weeks, it's been a really hectic schedule for the players. 

Last Saturday was a real disappointment for us. I thought we were really flat against Livingston and we certainly didn't reach the standards that we have set ourselves of late. We didn't deserve anything from the game but the players were determined to show that it was a one-off and they gave just the sort of reaction I expected when we went to Dumbarton during the week, especially in the second half when we played some really good stuff. I also thought that our fitness levels were excellent in that match taking our recent fixture list into account. The players were hurting after the Livingston setback and I was pleased with the determination and character they showed at Dumbarton.

After a slow start, Inverness have started to pick up results in recent weeks and they will be full of confidence after a four - nil victory against Brechin City on Tuesday. It was goal-less when we met in the Highlands in September, a game I felt we should've won but it wasn't to be and it started a run for them that has seen them concede just two goals in nine games, keeping eight clean sheets along the way, which is an incredible record.

It just reinforces what I've been saying all season. This division is the most competitive in the country and the league table is testimony to that. We just need to make sure that we are there or thereabouts after the Christmas period when the table usually starts to spread out.

Unfortunately, as you will know, we lost Callum Fordyce with a hamstring injury on Tuesday at Dumbarton, which is a huge blow to us. Callum has done very well since he came to us and his performances have been consistently high. It's not the sort of injury that you can put a quick return date on so we'll just have to hope that we see him back in action sooner rather than later. Connor Murray was also feeling his hamstring on Tuesday so we'll have to wait and see how he is. Dan Carmichael is still missing through injury but Kyle Jacobs has served his suspension and Derek Lyle has recovered from illness so they will be back in the squad.

Just finally, it's been a busy schedule for the fans as well as the players so thanks for your continued support over this busy period".

Saturday's game, sponsored by Annandale Transport kicks off at 3pm.