Inverness 4 - 0 East Kilbride: Robertson wants a winnable home tie

John Robertson, the Inverness Caley Thistle manager, used Ayr United's Scottish Cup humiliation as a '¨pre-match warning yesterday.

John Robertson prefers to make progress rather than a big-money draw. Picture: SNS.

The Inverness manager’s team talk drew on the embarrassment but, as a one-sided contest unfolded, there was never any serious risk of a shock for the May 2015 winners.

While Caley Thistle’s financiers will yearn for an Old Firm money-spinner in the last 16, Robertson would prefer a winnable home tie from today’s fifth-round draw.

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“Our start made it a comfortable afternoon,” the former Hearts striker said. “The early goal settled us. It was professional. People go on about landing a big tie and making some money. I just want to progress as far as we can. We want to win it.”

East Kilbride came into the match on a run of 11 straight wins, and with no goals conceded in their last four matches. They must have held genuine hope of creating an upset.

There was a calm authority in the hosts’ play from the off – and they grasped a sixth-minute lead.

Stuart Malcolm’s men had no time to settle before Aaron Doran’s dangerous cross broke to Jordan White to control and slam in a low, angled finish from seven yards.

After 21 minutes, Doran curled in a low finish from the edge of the box for the second and a Liam Polworth rocket bulged the net from 16 yards for the third.

It proved a more subdued second period, but the fourth, a powerful Doran cross, killed any hopes of a Kilby comeback.