St. Johnstone 0 - 1 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, February 22nd, 2014, 3:00 PM at McDiarmid Park, Perth
Attendance: 2,415
Referee: Euan Norris
St. Johnstone Inverness CT

Goalscorers
None. Gary Warren (42)

Team Managers
Tommy Wright John Hughes

Starting Eleven
Alan Mannus
Dave Mackay
Steven Anderson
Frazer Wright
Brian Easton
David Wotherspoon
Chris Millar
Nigel Hasselbaink
Patrick Cregg
Gary McDonald
Stevie May
Dean Brill
Josh Meekings
Gary Warren
David Raven
Graeme Shinnie
Aaron Doran
Greg Tansey
Ross Draper
Marley Watkins
Richie Foran
Billy Mckay

Bench
Steve Banks
James Dunne
Chris Iwelumo
Thomas Scobbie
Gary Miller
Lee Croft
Michael O Halloran
Ryan Esson
Daniel Devine
Carl Tremarco
Nick Ross
Liam Polworth
Conor Pepper
James Vincent

Substitutions
Thomas Scobbie -> Frazer Wright (37)
Chris Iwelumo -> Patrick Cregg (46)
Lee Croft -> Chris Millar (71)
Nick Ross for Marley Watkins (74)
James Vincent for Billy Mckay (78)

Bookings
Nigel Hasselbaink (31)
Chris Millar (32)
David Wotherspoon (33)
Marley Watkins (32)
Ross Draper (67)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Dean Brill (GK) 30 apps -
Josh Meekings 92 apps -
David Raven 62 apps -
Gary Warren 66 apps9 goals
Graeme Shinnie 130 apps4 goals
Aaron Doran 103 apps13 goals
Greg Tansey 45 apps6 goals
Marley Watkins 19 apps -
Ross Draper 68 apps6 goals
Billy Mckay 99 apps49 goals
Richie Foran 190 apps44 goals
Nick Ross (sub) 133 apps11 goals
James Vincent (sub) 15 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Aaron Doran (22 years 291 days)
Oldest Player:Graeme Shinnie (2015 years 208 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 85 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Liam Polworth (19 years 138 days)
Oldest Player:Graeme Shinnie (2015 years 208 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 342 days
Domestic Players:10 (55.56 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Gary is the head man:

Gary Warren nodded home his third goal of the season, and it proved to be the winner at the end of the first half to give Inverness all three points against a side that have held the Indian sign over Inverness recently. Nigel Hasselbaink ensured we would take the points North with an astonishing miss in the second half after Brill had saved a Wotherspoon effort.

Richie Foran continued his recovery on the park and Doran and Watkins started this game with Vincent and Ross on the bench. Inverness had not scored in Perth in their last four visits and generally tend to find goals hard to come by against St Johnstone.

Inverness started the game on the front foot and Warren almost opened the scoring after he stole in behind the Perth defence to send a diving header narrowly past the post from a long Tansey through ball with Mannus struggling to cope.

Billy McKay was his usual darting self and his twists and turns almost reaped rewards but there was always another defender to beat and Billy was often crowded out. Billy was first to test the keeper as he typically got ahead of the defenders to turn and fire a shot on target after great build up play from Draper and Watkins, Mannus blocking the shot. When the ball eventually broke to Tansey he fired a low daisy cutter just past Manus' right hand post from thirty yards, the keeper struggling to make up ground as the ball fizzed wide.

Inverness were in command, but they had Dean Brill to thank for keeping them level as he pulled off a superb diving save from Nigel Hasselbaink as the wee Nigel tried to curl an effort in from eighteen yards. The wee man could hardly believe his eyes as Brill saved the day for the visitors, turning the ball round the post for a corner.

St Johnstone were beginning to get into the game now Nigel was once more denied as he cut into the box, Brill blocking his angled drive well.

Raven joined the attack and had a volley charged down inside the box as the game opened out. Doran and Watkins combined to set McKay through on goal but Mannus stood tall to block Billy's attempt on the six yard line.

However, with three minutes of the half left, Inverness took the lead. St Johnstone were somewhat calamitous in their attempts to clear their lines and when Mackay sliced a Foran knock down across the face of the goal, Gary Warren rose to nod the ball home with Mannus stranded.

Half Time 0-1

Chris Iwelumo entered the fray at half time and he was on hand to witness the aforementioned miss, one of Iwelumo proportion. Wotherspoon hit an angled drive across Brill and as he pushed it away, the ball flashed onto Nigel's head, but he missed the gaping goal to his disbelief once more.

Nigel's day was complete when he fired high over from a good position inside the visitors box and Inverness held firm for their first win in Perth at the fifth attempt.

Full Time 0-1

Great to end our dismal run of games in the Fair City and the result was merited. This puts St Johnstone nine points behind us and with Aberdeen and Motherwell losing this weekend there is still the faint hope of getting into the Euro positions by the end of the season.

Inverness were best served by Graeme Shinnie, Greg Tansey and goal scorer and stopper Gary Warren. Dean Brill pulled off some great saves when called upon and the one to deny Hasselbaink was unbelievable.

Ross County game coming up in midweek and this promises to be a cracker with County now looking much stronger than they were at the start of the season, and Inverness starting to regroup and consolidate in the top-six.

Match report written by tm4tj



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 26 23 3 0 62 12 50 72
2. Aberdeen 26 15 3 8 37 25 12 48
3. Motherwell 25 15 2 8 39 36 3 47
4. Dundee Utd 26 11 8 7 46 31 15 41
5. Inverness CT 24 12 5 7 30 21 9 41
6. St. Johnstone 25 9 5 11 31 30 1 32
7. Hibernian 26 8 8 10 24 29 -5 32
8. Kilmarnock 27 7 6 14 33 45 -12 27
9. Ross County 26 7 4 15 32 46 -14 25
10. Partick Thistle 27 5 10 12 28 44 -16 25
11. St. Mirren 27 6 6 15 25 44 -19 24
12. Hearts 27 5 6 16 22 46 -24 21