John Hughes focused on keeping Miles Storey

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland at Caledonian Stadium
Miles Storey
John Hughes is eager to tie Miles Storey to Inverness beyond January

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Hughes hopes a deal can be struck in the "next day or two" to keep loanee striker Miles Storey beyond January.

Swindon Town's Storey netted his eighth Premiership goal as Inverness went five games unbeaten, defeating Highland rivals Ross County 2-0.

"With that pace and the form he's on, that's the first bit of business that we want to try and do," said Hughes.

"Everything else is on hold because the goalposts have been moved a little."

Hughes made light of his efforts to contact Swindon Town chairman, Lee Power.

"We read a newspaper article that Lee Power says he's in talks with Inverness," Hughes told BBC Scotland.

"He's not answered his phone to me. It's ongoing. I'm going to strangle him.

"I understand at this time of year and what they're going through at Swindon in terms of trying to get a new manager in."

Inverness regained their place in the top six with victory and have closed to within just two points of their derby rivals.

"It was a good game, end to end," said Hughes. "We were always on the front foot. There seems to be a real solid shape about us right at this moment.

"We need to be a little bit better in the final third with the link-up play. There were more goals in there but I'll take 2-0."

Craig Curran
Ross County striker Craig Curran was withdrawn due to a head injury

It was a very frustrating afternoon for Ross County counterpart Jim McIntyre who cited not taking early chances and individual errors at set plays as the reason his side lost.

"Extreme disappointment that we didn't take the lead before giving away two goals. We've undone ourselves really with the positioning play," said McIntyre.

"That's extremely frustrating as a manager because it doesn't matter how well you play in the first half, if you go in 2-0 down you've got a mountain to climb and I felt Inverness saw the game out fine after that.

"We switched off at key moments and we got punished."

Ross County's task was hindered by an early injury to striker Craig Curran in addition to the absence of top goal-scorer Liam Boyce who suffered a hand injury in the 3-2 win over Kilmarnock and is set to be missing for four weeks.

"He's (Curran) landed awkwardly and banged his head off his shoulder and it's given him a wee bit of blurred vision in one eye," said McIntyre.

"With Craig having a bad concussion earlier in the season, we didn't want to take any chances there. I'll know more in the coming days."

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