Shinnie's focus on Aberdeen

  • Last Updated: September 14 2012, 14:46 BST

Graeme Shinnie insists Inverness have already forgotten about their thrashing at the hands of Motherwell as they seek their first win of the season against Aberdeen.

Graeme Shinnie: Focus on clash against Aberdeen

The Highlanders have shipped eight goals in their last two Clydesdale Bank Premier League outings, losing 4-2 to Celtic before slumping to a 4-1 loss to the Steelmen.

Despite such a disappointing spell before the international break, Shinnie claims Caley Thistle are up for the challenge against the Dons and not dwelling on past disappointments.

The defender said: "We've forgotten about that Motherwell game now and we have to look forward to Aberdeen on Saturday and get the first win of the season.

"We have been focusing on that and the mood is upbeat. Everyone is buzzing and looking forward to Saturday."

Shinnie does not believe their efforts against Motherwell were quite as bad as the result suggests.

He added: "It was a disappointing day. We had a few chances and the scoreline flattered them a wee bit, I would say.

"We had chances but people who didn't watch the game will look at 4-1 and think we had no chance and got a consolation goal.

"People who were actually at the game saw that we had the chances to get back in the game and we didn't take them. At the back, there were a few sloppy errors.

"It was a disappointing game but we can take the positives out of the game and take them into Saturday now."

Shinnie believes Aberdeen are also a team who have yet to hit top form this season.

He said: "I've heard they've been creating chances and missing them.

"It reminds me a bit of us last year when we were doing well and maybe not killing games off.

"That seems to be what Aberdeen are doing but we need to focus on what we're going to be doing on Saturday."

Meanwhile, boss Terry Butcher warned of the threat posed by former winger Jonny Hayes, who sealed a move to Pittodrie in the summer.

He said: "He's a character, he's a lovely boy.

"It's disappointing that he's not with us but that's life and that's football.

"We wish him well but obviously not on Saturday.

"He's a good footballer and if we let him play the way he can play, he can really hurt us."