Brewster Looking For The Right Reaction
Inverness manager Craig Brewster is perhaps playing a dangerous game over the contract talks with Dennis Wyness. The contract on offer was withdrawn last week and the striker was left out of the side which lost 4-1 to Kilmarnock on Saturday. Brewster will monitor Wyness' reaction as he prepares for Saturday's home game against Aberdeen. The Inverness manager feels the contract negotiations have dragged on too long and was unhappy with Wyness' performance in the loss to Falkirk. Wyness, an idol with the Caley Thistle fans for his goalscoring feats in two spells at the club, reacted angrily by stating he was not the only one to play poorly against the Bairns. Brewster said: "I left Dennis out of the squad and we'll now look at things and see what to do for next Saturday. He's not injured. I spoke to Dennis on Monday and just told him contract talks had gone on long enough and I was putting them on hold. We'll wait and see the reaction we get from Dennis."
In Ayrshire on Saturday, Brewster fielded Romanian Marius Niculae and Graham Bayne up front but the pair were ineffectual on the day. However, Brewster, who knows how a striker depends on service from his long career, insisted the strike force were denied sufficient service to do what they are paid for. Inverness have not won in the league since January 5 and Saturday's result against Kilmarnock was their sixth defeat in a row. Ian Black's converted penalty, which briefly give Inverness the lead, was only their fifth goal in 10 league games. Brewster admits such a return is not acceptable. He went on: "I though the front two worked hard but strikers are there to score goals and maybe we didn't get enough ammunition to them for them to do their job. The heads went down when they scored the second goal and they punished us. We didn't really look like scoring a second and that was disappointing. We spoke about the need for goals before the game and although we got one you've got to trouble defences more and create more chances."
Free from relegation worries and no longer chasing for a top-six finish, Kilmarnock appeared to be more relaxed and took advantage of a poor Inverness performance to deliver a handsome win . Frazer Wright was on hand to tap home Killie's equaliser in the 38th minute after Iain Flannigan's free-kick rebounded off a post. Man of the match Craig Bryson scored his first goal after 51 minutes before the former Clyde midfielder's shot deflected off Phil McGuire past stranded keeper Michael Fraser five minutes later. Flannigan managed to get his goal and Killie's fourth in the 64th minute. Bryson said: "Because of what's happened to Gretna it has taken a lot of pressure off us. It's enabled us to play with a bit of confidence and I think it showed with our performance and the way we won. We got the goals at the right time. We've lost goals early in games a few times this season and our heads have gone down but we showed we have got a bit of character and went on to win the game comfortably. The younger players might get a chance to show what they can do between now and the end of the season because there's no chance of us going down. It's great to see Flannigan and Tim Clancy to come into the side and do well."
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