Inverness CT 1 - 2 Partick Thistle

League Match
Saturday, February 2nd, 2019, 3:00 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 2,171
Referee: David Lowe
Inverness CT  Partick Thistle

Darren McCauley (77)
Steven Anderson (21)
Aidan Fitzpatrick (25)

Team Managers
John Robertson Gary Caldwell

Starting Eleven
Cameron Mackay
Shaun Rooney
Kevin McHattie
Brad Mckay
Jamie McCart
Joe Chalmers
Sean Welsh
Anthony McDonald
Liam Polworth
Jordan White
Nathan Austin
Conor Hazard
Steven Anderson
Jack McMillan
Steven Saunders
Christie Elliott
James Penrice
Stuart Bannigan
Craig Slater
Aidan Fitzpatrick
Blair Spittal
Miles Storey

Martin MacKinnon
Coll Donaldson
Carl Tremarco
Roddy MacGregor
Darren McCauley
Charlie Trafford
Daniel Mackay
Jamie Sneddon
Lewis Mansell
Sean McGinty
Souleymane Coulibaly
Gary Harkins
Andrew McCarthy
Kris Doolan

Coll Donaldson for Shaun Rooney (46)
Charlie Trafford for Anthony McDonald (46)
Darren McCauley for Nathan Austin (70)
Gary Harkins -> Aidan Fitzpatrick (72)
Andrew McCarthy -> Steven Anderson (83)
Kris Doolan -> Miles Storey (91)

Charlie Trafford (49)
Steven Saunders (51)
Stuart Bannigan (62)
Steven Anderson (68)
Gary Harkins (86)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Cameron Mackay (GK) 8 apps -
Shaun Rooney 27 apps5 goals
Jamie McCart 30 apps1 goal
Kevin McHattie 3 apps -
Brad Mckay 103 apps4 goals
Joe Chalmers 75 apps5 goals
Sean Welsh 25 apps3 goals
Anthony McDonald 2 apps -
Liam Polworth 191 apps18 goals
Jordan White 31 apps11 goals
Nathan Austin 33 apps12 goals
Coll Donaldson (sub) 59 apps1 goal
Charlie Trafford (sub) 46 apps -
Darren McCauley (sub) 3 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Anthony McDonald (17 years 326 days)
Oldest Player:Sean Welsh (28 years 331 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 332 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Roddy MacGregor (17 years 47 days)
Oldest Player:Carl Tremarco (33 years 122 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 295 days
Domestic Players:14 (77.78 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Darren McCauley scored his first goal for the Club.

Comedy of Errors: The announcement of the team lines filled us with trepidation. We knew it would be bad, we just never thought it would be this bad. An absolutely shambolic performance from Inverness who have plumbed the depths of the abyss after an encouraging midweek performance at Somerset Park, they lost 2-1 to Partick Thistle.

Partick Thistle took full advantage of our depleted error strewn lisltess squad and thanks to our defensive blunders scored twice in possibly the worst ever 45 minutes witnessed at the Caledonian Stadium. Steven Anderson and Aidan Fitzpatrick were the benefactors of our slapstick defending and although substitute Darren McCauley pulled one back it was simply not good enough for the season long suffering fans.

There's little to report on from an Inverness point of view. Cammy Mackay made a couple of excellent saves before Partick scored. Unfortunately Anderson had the freedom of the back post to tap-in after a short corner. Nobody in defence was able to stop the cross reaching him and Brad Mckay can hang his head in shame at the second goal. He lost the ball thirty yards from goal and left young Cammy exposed as Fitzpatrick accepted the gift, advanced to the box and drove the ball behind the keeper. Shambles springs to mind.

We created little of note throughout until a scramble in the box ended with McCauley knocking home from close range.

I'm finding it difficult to find any positives. Cammy Mackay pulled off a couple of brilliant saves, Donaldson as a substitute getting some game time and McCauley will add something once he is up to speed.

It's the biggest outpouring of public grief since Princess Di departed. I'll let the fans tell you more about this game, here's some views picked from the forum. They shall remain anonymous in case Robbo comes round..........

*Shell shocked!! What I think I watched yesterday was a bunch of amateurs playing together a game of kick about on a field. Worst performance this season giving the ball away with every second pass, little organisation at the back and complete lack of thrust at the front.. I felt sorry for Donaldson being thrown on when he was obviously out of sorts and not ready in fitness*
*Worst performance of the season so far. JR comments shows a complete lack of respect for the fans that turned out to watch that drivel. Route one football and hoping that the ball drops to one of our players. There are no tactics just lump in box and see what happens.*
*I too agree with Robbo's comments but he really picked the wrong day to say it! None of what happened yesterday was anyone elses fault but his own. Wrong set up from start and it all went downhill. Caleyaway is a small but loyal band of fans some of whom seldom attend home games. You don't ever hear the criticism/pickiness that I hear week in and out at home. Football at home is mainly a joyless watch. Its not helped by performances like yesterday however.*
*Have to agree that was the worst performance at home so far. Lost soft goals and never created any chances. Scrambled goal to give us some hope with 12 mins left however you didn't think we could do it. There keeper didn't have a save to make. Very disappointing following good win at Ayr.*
*Getting pretty sick of posting the same comments after almost every home game! That first 45minutes today really was the worst I can remember from an Inverness side. Absolutely pathetic!*
*You would be hard pressed to see a worse game of football anywhere today . Absolutely shocking no wonder the stands were empty.*
*People keep asking why people are staying away. Half way through the first half I suspect most at the game wish they had.*
*Five minutes before the end ,McCauley was announced as the sponsor's MOTM. But he only came on in the 70th minute. I think that rather sums it up!*
*Poor team selection, poor tactics, poor application and poor, verging on irrational substitutions. The only comfort we can take is that our rivals for that final play off, which appears now to be our only realistic target, fared no better. However, even that final play off place will be beyond us if we continue to play as badly as that.*
*Trying to deflect the blame from himself even though his team selection, tactics and substitutions were horrendous. There was absolutely nothing to get the fans excited about watching that today. Taking on a centre half and defensive midfielder when we are two down hardly helps. Embarrassing comments from the manager.*
*That's as bad a performance as I can remember. Just when you think we might have turned the corner, we manage to produce a truly woeful performance. I can't remember their keeper making a save. We were second to every ball and made a poor Partick team look good. And for Robbo to blame the home support is totally unacceptable, give the fans something to shout about and they will react.........*
*Another week another poor home game. Robbo can huff and puff about home fans but we've had 2 wins at home in the league what exactly does he expect? So many things wrong with todays performance a lot of which the manager and coaching staff need to take the blame for and some things the players.*
*I picked the wrong game to take my 7 year old grandson to: that was woeful, and even he knew that. We started ok, but lost two quick goals, and never really got any control of the match.*
*That was the worst game so far this season and I am being polite! Why he kept Brad Mackay on he was rank. And the rest weren't much better. I hope we have some of the injured players back for the County game.*
*Not up for the game from the start whole team were awful 1st half. The whole bloody lot of them need to take a look at themselves.*
*A shocking performance with Brad Mackay at fault for both goals.Never looked like winning this game. No pass marks for anyone except goalkeeper Mackay who had a couple of great saves *
However, lets end on a positive note..............
*Only positives for me were the couple of saves from Cammy Mackay, McCart being solid at the back, even when playing on the right of defence, and McCauley: he is definitely worth a start. *
*......he then made a couple of good stops and I think has done a good job coming in at the last minute*

Match report written by tm4tj


Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Ross County 23 13 6 4 39 21 18 45
2. Ayr United 23 12 6 5 40 22 18 42
3. Dundee Utd 23 11 6 6 33 31 2 39
4. Inverness CT 23 7 12 4 33 28 5 33
5. Queen of the South 23 7 9 7 34 28 6 30
6. Morton 23 7 8 8 25 32 -7 29
7. Dunfermline 23 6 7 10 23 30 -7 25
8. Stirling Albion 23 5 8 10 24 35 -11 23
9. Partick Thistle 23 6 4 13 23 36 -13 22
10. Falkirk 23 5 6 12 23 34 -11 21