Inverness CT 0 - 0 Dundee

League Match
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014, 7:45 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 3,082
Referee: Stephen Finnie
Inverness CT  Dundee

Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
John Hughes Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
Dean Brill
Josh Meekings
Gary Warren
David Raven
Graeme Shinnie
Greg Tansey
Ross Draper
Ryan Christie
James Vincent
Danny Williams
Billy Mckay
Kyle Letheren
Paul McGinn
James McPake
Thomas Konrad
Willie Dyer
Simon Ferry
Gary Harkins
Kevin Thomson
Paul McGowan
Greg Stewart
Luka Tankulic

Substitutes
Ryan Esson
Carl Tremarco
Nick Ross
Aaron Doran
Liam Polworth
Marley Watkins
Lewis Horner
Scott Bain
Gary Irvine
Iain Davidson
Peter MacDonald
Jim McAlister
Martin Boyle
Craig Wighton

Substitutions
Marley Watkins for James Vincent (50)
Aaron Doran for Danny Williams (68)
Lewis Horner for David Raven (82)
Jim McAlister -> Kevin Thomson (7)
Peter MacDonald -> Luka Tankulic (59)
Martin Boyle -> Greg Stewart (62)

Bookings
Graeme Shinnie (86)
Paul McGowan (72)
Simon Ferry (83)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Dean Brill (GK) 47 apps -
Josh Meekings 106 apps -
Gary Warren 80 apps9 goals
David Raven 77 apps1 goal
Graeme Shinnie 146 apps5 goals
Ryan Christie 19 apps4 goals
Danny Williams 26 apps1 goal
Greg Tansey 62 apps8 goals
Ross Draper 83 apps7 goals
James Vincent 29 apps1 goal
Billy Mckay 117 apps53 goals
Marley Watkins (sub) 35 apps1 goal
Lewis Horner (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Aaron Doran (sub) 116 apps14 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:James Vincent (24 years 326 days)
Oldest Player:Danny Williams (2016 years 15 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 166 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Liam Polworth (19 years 310 days)
Oldest Player:Danny Williams (2016 years 15 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 167 days
Domestic Players:11 (61.11 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Lewis Horner(Signed )

Milestones

Jam and Jute side earn a point:

Inverness should have been on a high after their opening day win as Dundee unfurled their Championship flag in a draw against Kilmarnock before coming North for this midweek fixture.

Richie Foran and Danny Devine are still missing and John Hughes fielded the same eleven that started at Hamilton which meant no place for the impressive Marley Watkins and weight watcher Aaron Doran, both of whom started on the bench.

Unsurprisingly, Dundee were unchanged after opening their season with a solid point against Killie and Hartley was looking for more of the same here.

Kick off was delayed at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium and the first event of note was when Dundee were forced into an early change with the injured Kevin Thomson being replaced by Jim McAlister in the eighth minute.

A first half of few chances produced no goals with both sides cancelling each other out.

Greg Tansey displayed some twinkle toed skills as he flummoxed three or four Dundee players before releasing the ball but it was the only highlight in a dour first half.

Ross Draper fizzed a long range shot over the bar and at the other end Brill saved a McAlister effort low down while Letheren was called into action to deal with a McKay shot.

Neither side managed to get control of the game in the first half watched by a crowd of over 3,000, not bad for an early season midweek game I suppose, but not having too much to get excited about either.

Half Time 0-0

There were no alterations to the line-ups at the break but after only five minutes the ineffective James Vincent was removed with the lively Marley Watkins taking to the field. This switch resulted in Inverness taking the game to Dundee in a more positive fashion and McKay had a shot blocked as the home side turned the screw.

Warren headed wide after a towsy opening to the second period with Inverness pressing forward but without the incisive finish to compliment their attacking play.

Aaron Doran replaced Danny Williams after 67 minutes and with 20 minutes remaining Ryan Christe fed Shinnie, his first effort blocked and the second attempt goes just wide.

Ross Draper had a headed effort from a tight angle cut out by Letheren as the hosts worked the Dee defence.

Dundee had parked the bus somewhat in the second half but blazed a good chance over from the edge of the six yard box with fifteen minutes remaining. This gave them some hope and Raven had to look sharp to halt Harkness' progress as Dundee woke up, and Shinnie was next to deny the Dens men as they gained confidence.

Lewis Horner came on for Raven for the last ten minutes and Warren again headed wide of the mark as the game opened out again.

The away fans were bellowing for a penalty as the game headed towards the ninety, but nothing doing as three minutes of added time was announced.

Inverness would rue the ascendency that they never took full advantage of and the clock ticked on to the 93rd minute but despite plenty of effort, the game ended goalless.

There's been much worse blank games, however the lack of cutting edge at home is a tad worrying when teams intent on defending are unable to be cut open with any regularity.

Dundee will be much happier with their point, sticking to their game plan and defending in depth when required to. Hughes will see this as two points dropped as our poor home results continues into the new season. Of course, it could be worse. Ross County slumped to a four goal hammering at Partick, so reasons to be cheerful after all.

Match report written by tm4tj



None.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Dundee Utd 2 2 0 0 4 0 4 6
2. Inverness CT 2 1 1 0 2 0 2 4
3. Partick Thistle 1 1 0 0 4 0 4 3
4. Celtic 1 1 0 0 3 0 3 3
5. Hamilton Academical 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3
6. Motherwell 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 3
7. Aberdeen 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 3
8. St. Johnstone 2 1 0 1 2 4 -2 3
9. Dundee 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2
10. Kilmarnock 2 0 1 1 1 3 -2 1
11. St. Mirren 2 0 0 2 0 3 -3 0
12. Ross County 2 0 0 2 1 6 -5 0