Mar 24 2010 By Colin Paterson
INVERNESS CT 4 AIRDRIE 0
KENNY BLACK today admitted he was embarrassed with Airdrie's worst performance of the season.
The dismal Diamonds crashed to their 20th defeat in 31 games last night as Inverness moved to within a point of First Division leaders Dundee.
Goals from Adam Rooney and Richie Foran had the hosts 2-0 up inside 24 minutes. Grant Munro and Jonny Hayes piled on further misery after the break.
Airdrie are now 12 points adrift of eighth-placed Morton who secured a last-gasp 1-1 draw at home to Raith Rovers. A gap of 11 exists to Ayr United in the relegation play-off spot, however, they do have a game in hand.
Black pulled no punches as he analysed a 12th defeat in 15 on the road in the league and revealed keeper Stephen Robertson saved his side from a heavier beating.
He told Advertiser Sport: "We have gone up there and turned in our worst performance of the season, no question about that.
"Players were just way off the pace and I was embarrassed myself at times as Inverness looked capable of putting the ball in the net every time they went up the park.
"Individual mistakes have cost us dear again. The first two goals came from corner kicks and that left us with it all to do.
"We had our keeper to thank for keeping the score to four and the small number of fans who came up last night will have been feeling very let down.
"All of our back four defended poorly and we had no cutting edge in attack. We were up against a very good Inverness side but we contributed to our own downfall."
Airdrie travelled up the A9 in confident mood after defeating table-toppers Dundee 3-0 at the weekend but hopes of only a second away win of the campaign were dashed by the ninth minute.
Ricky Waddell failed to clear at the post from a corner with Rooney pouncing to devastating effect.
Inverness star Dani Sanchez hit the post before Foran did make it 2-0 when he slipped home a Russell Duncan through ball.
Terry Butcher's troops added a third goal within two minutes of the restart when a Hayes corner was guided past Robertson by Munro.
The woodwork again denied Sanchez as the second half wore on but Inverness did plunder a fourth when a low Hayes shot flew into the net.
Black added: "The players were open and said their performance was unacceptable. They put their hands up after the game and said it wasn't good enough."