Inverness CT 0 - 0 Partick Thistle

League Match
Saturday, January 23rd, 2016, 3:00 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 3,556
Referee: Greg Aitken
Inverness CT  Partick Thistle

Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
John Hughes Alan Archibald

Starting Eleven
Owain Fon Williams
Gary Warren
David Raven
Daniel Devine
Carl Tremarco
Iain Vigurs
Greg Tansey
Ross Draper
Danny Williams
Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo
Miles Storey
Tomas Cerny
Mustapha Dumbuya
Frederic Frans
Dan Seaborne
Callum Booth
Sean Welsh
Abdul Osman
Stuart Bannigan
David Amoo
Kris Doolan
Steven Lawless

Substitutes
Ryan Esson
Liam Polworth
Jason Brown
Alasdair Sutherland
Nat Wedderburn
Jordan Roberts
Richie Foran
Ryan Scully
Gary Miller
Chris Elliott
David Wilson
Jordan Leyden
Kevin Nesbit
James Penrice

Substitutions
Liam Polworth for Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (70)
Christie Elliott -> Steven Lawless (57)

Bookings
Iain Vigurs (41)
Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (52)
Callum Booth (87)
Daniel Seaborne (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Owain Fon Williams (GK) 29 apps -
Carl Tremarco 57 apps -
Daniel Devine 66 apps2 goals
David Raven 138 apps3 goals
Gary Warren 134 apps12 goals
Greg Tansey 131 apps23 goals
Iain Vigurs 45 apps7 goals
Danny Williams 93 apps4 goals
Ross Draper 142 apps8 goals
Miles Storey 20 apps8 goals
Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo 20 apps1 goal
Liam Polworth (sub) 58 apps5 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Miles Storey (22 years 24 days)
Oldest Player:Greg Tansey (2017 years 178 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 274 days
Domestic Players:4 (36.36 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Alasdair Sutherland (19 years 130 days)
Oldest Player:Greg Tansey (2017 years 178 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 19 days
Domestic Players:11 (61.11 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Isn't It Ironic:

As Alanis Morrisette once said, "Isn't It Ironic". We produce an utter borefest of a performance (0-0), and still creep into the top-six once more as others around us falter.

Some people say that not all 0-0 games are boring. Well, this one topped the table in terms of boredom, mistakes, lack of creativity, lack of incident and a total lack of entertainment. Yes it was simply rubbish, even if you did pay what you can, you might be entitled to a refund. A great initiative by the club undermined by the dreadful fare on display.

Andrea Mutombo started again after a dazzling one man show against Stirling Albion in the cup and Danny Williams was in with Liam Polworth on the bench.

The crowd initiative drew in a few extra bodies hoping to be entertained. Sadly, entertainment was not on the menu so they had to make their own, and fair play to them, they kept chanting and dancing to the end, something the players should be thankful for.

To be fair to the Caley Jags, it was us that looked the more interested early on with Mutombo continuing where he left off, running and twisting his way towards the defenders, a one man box of tricks. He fired one high and wide six minutes into the game. Sadly, he would run out of tricks before the break as Thistle began to suss him out.

Miles Storey tested the keeper soon after but it was all too easy for the keeper. We were dominating the early possession, but as per usual, with little threat to the opposition goal.

Iain Vigurs also shot over in a rare moment of movement from the luxury midfielder, but chances were at a premium for the rest of the half as Partick seemed to know that we lacked any punch up front which was indicative of our pedantic style of possession boredom.

Ten minutes before the break and Gary Warren found himself outside the penalty box. He elected to shoot, maybe not his strongest point and the ball went high over the bar. This was swiftly followed by a cushioned header from Mutombo that went wide, and at the other end Steven Lawless dollied a shot into the hands of the untested Owain Fon Williams.

Vigurs was yellow carded before the break and Ross Draper passed up the best chance of the half but tamely headed over. That was about the last action of a lifeless first half and Partick would be better pleased to be going in level.

Half Time 0-0

It had been a shocker of a first half, unfortunately, the second wasn't any better. If anything, it looked worse as Partick began the process of levelling out the possession percentages.

Mutombo earned a booking probably due to frustration as he was not getting beyond the defenders any more as the game entered a scrappy phase.

Not a lot happened until Miles Storey brought out a finger tip save just under the crossbar to tip over his 25 yard shot. That managed to get the crowd off their mobiles to look up and see what all the commotion was about. However it never lasted and most were back to looking at twitter or posting status' on facebook.

Liam Polworth had entered the scene, but unfortunately for him he would not be best pleased by his contribution. Storey did well down the left flank, skinning the full back and cutting the ball back to the feet of Polworth six yards out. He took a touch but could not dig the ball out from his feet and he ended up sclaffing the ball just wide of the post in the games best opportunity to make the fans happy.

Full Time 0-0

What an absolute anti football game that was. If clubs want to increase attendances, then they are going about it the wrong way as teams are frightened to open out and be a bit more creative. Partick got what they came for, Inverness got what they deserved. On the park, Inverness were best served by new extended contract Captain Gary Warren, with Miles Storey looking better after the break and Danny Williams doing his best to help out.

Regardless, the young fans behind the goal in the North Stand did their best to liven the atmosphere and they can go home with their heads held high as they take the MotM award for singing, dancing and drumming up some semblance of an atmosphere, something that should have been created on the park.

Let's get this game out of the system as Hearts come North next week. I doubt they will sit back and wait for something to happen, let's hope we are prepared for it.

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 23 17 4 2 63 19 44 55
2. Aberdeen 23 15 4 4 38 22 16 49
3. Hearts 22 11 7 4 42 24 18 40
4. Ross County 24 10 3 11 40 37 3 33
5. St. Johnstone 22 9 5 8 36 34 2 32
6. Motherwell 22 7 4 11 24 36 -12 25
7. Inverness CT 23 7 8 8 30 32 -2 29
8. Dundee 23 7 8 8 35 39 -4 29
9. Partick Thistle 22 6 7 9 21 28 -7 25
10. Hamilton Academical 23 6 6 11 29 45 -16 24
11. Kilmarnock 24 6 6 12 27 47 -20 24
12. Dundee Utd 23 3 4 16 24 46 -22 13

* - Table split into two divisions of six.

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