St. Johnstone 1 - 0 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, April 27th, 2013, 12:00 PM at McDiarmid Park, Perth
Attendance: 2,368
Referee: Craig Thomson
St. Johnstone Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Steven MacLean (76) None.

Team Managers
Steve Lomas Terry Butcher

Starting Eleven
Alan Mannus
Dave MacKay
Frazer Wright
Steven Anderson
Thomas Scobbie
Chris Millar
Liam Craig
Mehdi Abeid
Gregory Tade
Steven MacLean
Rowan Vine
Antonio Reguero
Josh Meekings
David Raven
Daniel Devine
Charlie Taylor
Graeme Shinnie
Aaron Doran
Owain Tudur Jones
Ross Draper
Richie Foran
Billy Mckay

Bench
Jonathan Tuffey
David McCracken
Gary Miller
Patrick Cregg
Gwion Edwards
Michael Doughty
Nigel Hasselbaink
Scott Mathieson
Chris Hogg
Nick Ross
Liam Polworth
Andrew Shinnie
Conor Pepper
Shane Sutherland

Substitutions
Gwion Edwards -> Mehdi Abeid (42)
Nigel Hasselbaink -> Gregory Tade (57)
Patrick Cregg -> Rowan Vine (87)
Nick Ross for Billy Mckay (65)
Andrew Shinnie for Owain Tudur Jones (80)

Bookings
Chris Millar (59) Daniel Devine (7)
Charlie Taylor (27)
Graeme Shinnie (69)

Red Cards
None. David Raven (12)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Antonio Reguero (GK) 25 apps -
Josh Meekings 59 apps -
David Raven 41 apps -
Charlie Taylor 7 apps -
Daniel Devine 8 apps -
Aaron Doran 70 apps5 goals
Ross Draper 38 apps5 goals
Owain Tudur Jones 52 apps2 goals
Graeme Shinnie 97 apps2 goals
Billy Mckay 66 apps27 goals
Richie Foran 166 apps40 goals
Nick Ross (sub) 102 apps7 goals
Andrew Shinnie (sub) 62 apps23 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Daniel Devine (20 years 237 days)
Oldest Player:Charlie Taylor (2014 years 272 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 353 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Liam Polworth (18 years 202 days)
Oldest Player:Chris Hogg (2014 years 272 days)
Average Player Age:22 years 361 days
Domestic Players:13 (72.22 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Raven Mad:

Inverness are slowly but surely losing their grip on the Euro spot after losing 1-0 to St Johnstone who move to within one point of Butcher's side. It was another tense game which saw Inverness reduced to ten men when defender David Raven was sent off for bringing down Rowan Vine after Antonio Reguero choked a kick-out to the Perth man who sprinted forward. Raven came across him and Vine collapsed, the referee in no doubt that Raven had caused the fall and he was red carded after only twelve minutes. Inverness held out until the 77th minute when sub Nigel Hasselbaink crossed for Steve MacLean to nod home the winner.

Not the result Inverness were looking for but despite playing with ten men for most of the game we were still well in the mix until MacLean popped up with the winner. Full credit to Inverness for coping well with the Perth onslaught for so long but in truth it was an untidy game on a pitch akin to the field at Dingwall which saw the ball bobble around and slick passing was at a premium. Andy Shinnie was a late substitute, missing out on a start because of a hamstring niggle which saw Charlie Taylor start.

With County and St Johnstone now breathing down our necks, the last three games are going to be just as tense. It's no use waiting for it to happen as seems to be our approach lately. He who dares wins and draws look unlikely to be enough to keep us ahead.

Match report written by tm4tj



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 34 22 6 6 82 31 51 72
2. Motherwell 34 16 9 9 59 43 16 57
3. Inverness CT 35 12 15 8 59 54 5 51
4. St. Johnstone 35 12 14 9 42 40 2 50
5. Ross County 35 12 13 10 45 45 0 49
6. Aberdeen 35 11 12 12 39 41 -2 45
7. Dundee Utd 35 10 14 11 49 55 -6 44
8. Kilmarnock 35 10 12 13 46 45 1 42
9. Hibernian 35 10 12 13 43 50 -7 42
10. Hearts 35 10 10 15 34 46 -12 40
11. St. Mirren 35 8 13 14 44 56 -12 37
12. Dundee 35 7 8 20 25 61 -36 29