Football - Tudur Jones keen to end Inverness slump

Owain Tudur Jones admits Inverness have to arrest their current decline or else they could find themselves sliding all the way down to the wrong end of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

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The Highlanders' impressive mid-season form took them to the heady heights of second place behind Celtic, but Terry Butcher's side have drawn just one of their last six games and were leapfrogged by Motherwell with a 3-0 defeat by the Steelmen at Fir Park last week.

Ahead of Saturday's game against Hearts at Tynecastle, Wales international Tudur Jones, aware that only 11 points separate Well from second-bottom, said: "We could finish anywhere in the league, apart from top or bottom, there is no question of that.

"The team hasn't changed that much. If you take the Motherwell game out of it we have been playing pretty good on the whole, and because of how well we have done for the majority of the season it almost gave us the cushion for when this little spell came.

"We were obviously hoping it didn't come but it has. However, we are still above most of the teams but this run can't carry on or else teams will start to pass us, as Motherwell did last week.

"But we are fine, we are feeling good and confident and ready to go again. The team hasn't changed over the last two months, only one or two, and we have a lot of faith in each other.

"We are stepping out on the pitch and feeling really comfortable with our team-mates and thinking we can score goals and win games.

"It hasn't been the case recently but, Celtic apart, everyone else is inconsistent and the league is bunched. So it makes for a very interesting end to the season.

"We are playing against sides before the split who haven't beaten us this season so that gives us bit of a boost.

"It is only Celtic, Motherwell and St Mirren who have beaten us in the league, so we will take a lot of heart in that record and do all we can to make sure it continues."

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