Csaba Laszlo says Dundee United’s poor form since the turn of the year won’t matter in the play-offs.
The Tangerines have picked up just six league wins since the turn of the year and only two victories in their last 10 away games.
The end-of-season play-offs, though, are a “completely different” prospect and any previous form will go out the window.
Csaba said: “The play-offs are completely different. It is like a tournament.
“When you play away, you try not to concede first and, if possible, in the front to do something.
“At the moment, I don’t think that will be very relevant, how many home matches we’ve won or away games we’ve lost.
“It’s clear, if you play away, you have to try to avoid conceding goals and try to score maybe one or two to give you the advantage.”
At the moment it looks like Csaba’s men will be facing in-form Dunfermline in next week’s quarter-finals.
Inverness will hope to have a say in that, however, on the final day of the regular league season on Saturday.
With the Pars taking on a Dumbarton team preparing for the relegation play-offs at East End Park it’s likely Laszlo will be preparing his players to face Allan Johnston’s side.
He said: “I think in the play-offs we will have three very strong teams who have shown through the season consistency.
“We have also had sometimes up and downs but Dunfermline have had also some bad results but after they came back.
“I was not doubting Dunfermline could make the play-offs.
“With Livingston I was a little bit surprised they have had that consistency which you need to be second.
“If it is Dunfermline we will have two big clubs, because Dunfermline from the past have a good name in Scottish football and we don’t have to talk about Dundee United.
“I think it will be very interesting in the play-offs and I hope just that we come out of these games positively.”
With Saturday’s game against Livingston effectively a dead rubber, apart from deciding who is third or fourth, with both assured of a play-off spot Csaba may be tempted to rest some of his key players.
Willo Flood and Stewart Murdoch have been used extensively lately and might be afforded a breather.