Ross County manager Derek Adams blamed a lacklustre start as his side crashed 3-1 to Inverness CT.

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Ross County manager Derek Adams blamed a lacklustre start as his side crashed 3-1 to Inverness CT in the first ever SPL Highland derby.

Ross County manager Derek Adams was left to rue a lacklustre start as his side crashed to a third successive SPL defeat losing 3-1 to Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Inverness secured the honour of the first-ever Highland derby win in Scotland's

top flight with first-half goals by Ross Draper and Andrew Shinnie added to late

on by Aaron Doran's spectacular volley.

A wonderful free-kick by County's Iain Vigurs gave the visitors brief hope at

2-1 but Caley Thistle held firm to make it four games unbeaten in the SPL.

Adams said: "It was very disappointing. We didn't start the game particularly

well.

"We lost the first goal to a set-piece while the other two were down to

mistakes.

"In the second half, we were a lot better and perhaps deserved to get it back

to 2-2, but we didn't do enough to win the game."