Meekings denies 'dirty' tag

BY foxsports • September 22, 2012

Inverness defender Josh Meekings has denied his team are dirty despite their poor disciplinary record in the SPL so far this season.

Owain Tudur Jones begins a three-match suspension when Inverness play Hibernian on Saturday at Easter Road after being sent off for the second time this season during last weekend's 1-1 draw with Aberdeen.

Richie Foran has also been dismissed, and Inverness have the highest tally of yellow cards in the league with 17 in six games.

But Meekings insists their crime count does not tell the full story.

"People can say what they want outside the club, we know we are not a dirty team," he said. "We just play the game.

"We don't want to let anyone get on top of us and unfortunately there has been a few occasions when maybe luck hasn't gone our way or it looks a bad challenge when perhaps it's not, it's just a bit of a late challenge.

"We have just got to ignore that talk from the outside and keep working as hard as we are."

Meekings is set to continue at centre-back at Easter Road after regaining his place in the team in recent weeks.

The Englishman has a chance to stake a regular place with fellow defender Simon King ruled out for eight weeks with a chipped bone in his ankle.

"I came on as a sub in the first few games," Meekings said. "Now I'm in the team at centre-back and I'm very happy.

"I just want to get a clean sheet and a win, like all the lads, and really kick on and make something of the season."