Scottish Premier League

Shinnie on a high after debut

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Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:56:00

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is eager for his side to continue their resurgent home form when Charlton visit Turf Moor on Saturday.

Upon his appointment as Eddie Howe's successor, Dyche stated his aim to make the Lancashire venue a fortress.

His new charges followed those words with back-to-back wins over Wolves and Leeds, and the former Watford boss wants three more points against Chris Powell's men to keep moving in the right direction.

He said: "It would lay down a good marker, wouldn't it? Two is good of course, with two clean sheets.

"Wolves coming out of the Premier League are a big side and expected to be up there. Leeds, Neil (Warnock's) teams are always hard to play against and hard to beat and we did that.

"So to go a third would be fantastic. We obviously want to make it a place where people don't enjoy coming for the right reasons - because we're doing well and we'll making it difficult for people."

Shinnie was rewarded with a call-up for an impressive start to the season that has seen him score six SPL goals and set up five.

The 23-year-old was a late addition to caretaker manager Billy Stark's squad but played from the start in Scotland's 2-1 friendly win in Luxembourg on Wednesday.

"It was brilliant," Shinnie said. "I was a bit nervy because I didn't really know any of the boys and they were quite big in stature.

"But they all made me feel welcome. It was a great trip and brilliant to be playing and to be around these guys and see how they work.

"To get the game was brilliant. It was a tough game but we got a win which was all important.

"It was a proud moment. I have played quite a few of the youth levels. Once you have finished at under-21 level you think that might be me finished, but fortunately I managed to get a cap, which is brilliant. I am really grateful to Billy Stark.

"Some people were tipping me for it just because of the way the team has been playing, and I have managed to get a few goals which can get you a bit of credit, which can be a bit unfair on the other boys.

"Luckily Billy Stark has noticed and given me the chance."

Shinnie lined up in a wide midfield role in Stark's 4-4-2 formation instead of his usual supporting role behind a lone striker.

"I played in a different position over there, which I enjoyed," the former Rangers trainee said.

"I had to work more defensively and be switched on for runs down the wings, rather than just dropping back into midfield.

"It was good to learn how to play in international football, you need to be switched on at every single moment."

Inverness lost 4-1 at Fir Park on September 2 but have not lost in 10 games since and go into the game two points ahead of Motherwell.

But Shinnie is frustrated it is not more after conceding last-gasp goals in their previous two home games, 1-1 draws against St Johnstone and Hearts.

"We were a bit disappointed to lose the two late goals," he said.

"We are looking to keep our unbeaten run going and hopefully get three points and keep creeping up the table.

"We should be up there now. There's quite a few games now, maybe four or five, where we have lost late goals.

"If we can kill teams off and start winning games we are drawing we can be right up there come the end of the season."

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