Inverness CT 2 - 0 St. Johnstone

League Match
Tuesday, January 20th, 2015, 7:45 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 3,161
Referee: Kevin Clancy
Inverness CT  St. Johnstone

Goalscorers
Billy Mckay (34)
Marley Watkins (41)
None.

Team Managers
John Hughes Tommy Wright

Starting Eleven
Dean Brill
Josh Meekings
Gary Warren
Carl Tremarco
Nick Ross
Graeme Shinnie
Aaron Doran
Ross Draper
Danny Williams
Marley Watkins
Billy Mckay
Alan Mannus
Dave MacKay
Thomas Scobie
Frazer Wright
Steven Anderson
Simon Lappin
Liam Caddis
Scott Brown
Michael O-Halloran
David Wotherspoon
Brian Graham

Substitutes
Ryan Esson
Daniel Devine
Liam Polworth
Ryan Christie
James Vincent
Alasdair Sutherland
Lewis Horner
Steve Banks
Gary Miller
Brian Easton
Gary McDonald
Lee Croft
Steven MacLean
Christopher Kane

Substitutions
Ryan Christie for Marley Watkins (67)
James Vincent for Danny Williams (81)
Alasdair Sutherland for Billy Mckay (87)
Christopher Kane -> Michael O-Halloran (29)
Gary McDonald -> Scott Brown (46)
Gary Miller -> Frazer Wright (55)

Bookings
None. Brian Graham (27)
Simon Lappin (46)
Steven Anderson (68)
Gary McDonald (70)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Dean Brill (GK) 70 apps -
Carl Tremarco 32 apps -
Gary Warren 102 apps11 goals
Josh Meekings 129 apps3 goals
Marley Watkins 55 apps7 goals
Danny Williams 47 apps2 goals
Nick Ross 160 apps11 goals
Ross Draper 102 apps7 goals
Aaron Doran 137 apps19 goals
Graeme Shinnie 168 apps6 goals
Billy Mckay 140 apps62 goals
Alasdair Sutherland (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Ryan Christie (sub) 41 apps6 goals
James Vincent (sub) 42 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Aaron Doran (23 years 258 days)
Oldest Player:Graeme Shinnie (2016 years 175 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 22 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Alasdair Sutherland (18 years 127 days)
Oldest Player:Graeme Shinnie (2016 years 175 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 242 days
Domestic Players:11 (61.11 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Alasdair Sutherland(Signed )

Milestones

Easy Money:

Inverness cruised to victory over a rancid St Johnstone side devoid of skill, energy, subtleness and quality. First half goals from Billy Mckay and Marley Watkins had Inverness in the driving seat before the break as the Perth side never got out of first gear. No further goals in the second half but I doubt Inverness will have an easier game all season. Someone needs to tell the St Johnstone team it was a pay what you can night, not a play when you can be bothered.

Graeme Shinnie moved to right back to replace the suspended David Raven and Danny Williams started along with Marley Watkins. Ryan Christie and James Vincent started from the bench and young Ally Sutherland made an appearance before the end. St Johnstone were without James McFadden, but the dangerous Michael O'Halloran started.

The pay what you want experiment certainly boosted the size of the crowd, not sure about the coffers though.

The visitors started with a flurry of crosses and corners right from the off and from one of these Graeme Shinnie was fortunate to see a sliced clearance shave the top of the bar. It looked as though it was going to be a busy night for the Inverness defence, but that was it really. Once the Caley Jags got hold of the ball, they never relinquished it and it proved to be a difficult night for the Perth men as our possession game took over, albeit sometimes overplayed at times, but in keeping the ball, St Johnstone were restricted to chasing shadows for the rest of the game.

In truth, it turned into shooting practice for the hosts as they turned the screw. Plenty of showboating and slick interplay saw the Perth defence opened up time and time again with only the end product missing. Billy McKay was unlucky a few times as Mannus did his best to thwart the Inverness strikers. He clawed away a Billy header and saw a few efforts go close, none closer than Aaron Doran who hit the post after the ball broke to him on the edge of the box. A goal was imminent though and it carried a touch of fortune initially. An attempted clearance cannoned off a defender amidst claims of handball. Nick Ross never hesitated and his chipped cross found Shinnie at the back post, and he kept it alive by knocking it back to McKay who turned the ball into the net.

The Inverness tails were well and truly up and after a period of ball retention across our own penalty area, the long ball down the left paid off. Tremarco took the ball expertly on his chest as he burst forward before rifling a low ball across the box. Mannus dived but failed to cut it out and Watkins had the simplest of tasks to side foot the ball into an empty net.

St Johnstone were nowhere to be seen as Inverness dominated to the break, Tremarco volleying wide but no more goals as the half ended.

HALF TIME 2-0

If anything the second half was a bit of an anti climax as pretty patterns were still being weaved but the back of the net would not bulge again. That's not to say we did not create anything but a ruthless streak we do not possess. There were a few melee's around the Saints box but that elusive third goal would not come. Nick Ross volleyed over from a good position and one or two efforts were headed away or blocked in the six yard box.

FULL TIME 2-0

St Johnstone were absolutely minging, creating very little and spent most of the game chasing shadows. A lot of that was down to our possession play, but plenty of it was down to their lack of urgency and quality. That said, we let them off lightly by not forcing home our massive superiority and that is my only gripe. Too often we faffed around at the back and played across the park in search of total retention. It certainly worked to piss off St Johnstone but it was getting frustrating to watch at times although it probably kept Brill warm as the chill descended on the stadium.

tm4tj MotM is not easy to pick given our overall dominance. Nick Ross was the sponsors choice, not a bad one at that, but my pick was Carl Tremarco who grew into the game and had a brilliant assist for the second goal. Only Brill gets less than full marks as he had nothing to do but clear pass backs, and one of them he left so late he cleared it next week, almost being shut down. Now where have I seen that before?

Happy days, four in a row, here we go!

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Aberdeen 22 15 2 5 36 20 16 47
2. Celtic 20 14 3 3 38 12 26 45
3. Inverness CT 22 14 2 6 32 21 11 44
4. Dundee Utd 21 13 2 6 42 28 14 41
5. Hamilton Academical 22 12 3 7 38 24 14 39
6. St. Johnstone 22 10 2 10 19 23 -4 32
7. Kilmarnock 21 8 3 10 21 27 -6 27
8. Dundee 22 6 8 8 33 36 -3 26
9. Partick Thistle 20 5 6 9 25 25 0 21
10. Motherwell 21 5 2 14 14 38 -24 17
11. St. Mirren 22 4 2 16 17 38 -21 14
12. Ross County 21 2 5 14 20 43 -23 11