Inverness CT 0-0 Partick Thistle: ICT attack below par - Hughes

John Hughes surveys the pitch from the Inverness dugout
John Hughes' Inverness are still searching for their first win of the season

Inverness Caledonian Thistle boss John Hughes admitted his team's attacking football was "certainly not" up to scratch after a goalless draw with Partick Thistle.

Counterpart Alan Archibald, meanwhile, conceded Partick's failure to find the net this season is causing concern.

"Some of the stuff's good [elsewhere] on the pitch - it's that final third," Hughes told BBC Scotland.

"I just feel we're playing more with our hearts than our heads."

Both sides have proved goal-shy in their opening three domestic games, with Partick Thistle yet to score and Caley Thistle netting just once. Neither side has registered their first win of the campaign.

"There's not too much wrong," mused Hughes. "We're not scoring goals, I'll admit that, and we're still working to try and rectify that, but we're not conceding goals.

"All credit to the boys playing out of position: Ross Draper, Danny Williams, all these guys. We're asking them to do a job for the team and they're excelling.

"I thought Draper was outstanding tonight, possibly one or two things he could have speeded up on. Danny Williams was possibly man of the match.

"We're playing against a Partick team that came here and only played one striker and three men in midfield - it's very difficult to try and break that down.

"That was a little bit of a surprise, but possibly his [Archibald's] hand was forced with the injury to [Mathias] Pogba. But saying that, they were resolute, they were solid and they could have won the game - they beat us three times last season."

Hughes is continuing his search for additional attacking fire-power to lure to the Highlands.

"We're still trying to add to the top-end, that's for sure," he said. "It's not rocket science - we're needing a physical presence, or a real quick runner that wants to chase lost causes so we can stretch the game a little bit."

Patrick Thistle boss Alan Archibald
Partick Thistle remain goalless under Alan Archibald this season

Archibald lost lone striker Mathias Pogba to an early hamstring tweak - a development that did little to aid Thistle's quest for a maiden goal.

"I'm greedy, so I probably wanted more," said the Thistle manager. "I thought we had the clearer-cut chances. If our final pass was better, we could have come away with the three points.

"There's no shying away from it [the lack of goals]. Our striker went off very, very early tonight, he did his hamstring. We'll keep on going, we need to create chances all over the pitch, not just the strikers."

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