Inverness CT 3 - 4 Aberdeen

League Match
Saturday, March 29th, 2008, 3:00 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 5,655
Referee: Dougie McDonald
Inverness CT  Aberdeen

Goalscorers
Dave Bus (o.g.) (21)
Russell Duncan (40)
Roy McBain (58)
Aluko (7)
Nicholson (45)
Miller (54)
Maguire (90)

Team Managers
Craig Brewster Jimmy Calderwood

Starting Eleven
Michael Fraser
Richard Hastings
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
David Proctor
Phil McGuire
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
Don Cowie
Marius Niculae
Dougie Imrie
Soutar
Maybury
Considine
Bus
McNamara
Foster
Nicholson
Severin
Aluko
Mackie
Miller

Substitutes
Zbigniew Małkowski
Guy Kerr
Richie Hart
Markus Paatelainen
Iain Vigurs
Dennis Wyness
Rory McAllister
Maguire
Pawlett
Walker
Touzani
Duff
Mair
Langfield

Substitutions
Richie Hart for Dougie Imrie (75)
Markus Paatelainen for Ross Tokely (82)
Maguire -> Bus (46)
Duff -> Mackie (73)

Bookings
Richard Hastings (28)
Russell Duncan (40)
Phil McGuire (48)
Roy McBain (70)
Maybury (41)
Miller (41)
Considine (61)
Foster (67)
Maguire (90)

Red Cards
Russell Duncan (46)
Grant Munro (90)
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Appearances & Goals To Date
Michael Fraser (GK) 54 apps -
Grant Munro 243 apps6 goals
Ross Tokely 434 apps29 goals
Phil McGuire 24 apps -
David Proctor 60 apps4 goals
Richard Hastings 330 apps3 goals
Russell Duncan 256 apps9 goals
Don Cowie 35 apps7 goals
Roy McBain 294 apps17 goals
Marius Niculae 33 apps9 goals
Dougie Imrie 9 apps -
Markus Paatelainen (sub) 19 apps3 goals
Richie Hart (sub) 161 apps16 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:David Proctor (24 years 30 days)
Oldest Player:Dougie Imrie (2009 years 242 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 6 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Iain Vigurs (19 years 331 days)
Oldest Player:Dougie Imrie (2009 years 242 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 361 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Aberdeen only went and did it again didn't they!!!! 4 minutes into second half injury time Chris Maguire scored Aberdeen's 4th goal in a 4-3 win to keep their top 6 dreams alive and make it 17 games without a win against the Dons for ICT.

This was a sickener for Caley Thistle in a game where the effort seemed to return to the players. This game had it all - 7 goals, 10 players booked, 2 sent off for off the pitch actions, and yet some excellent entertainment.

Its been doom and gloom for the last few weeks but today's game, despite the last minute goal might have contained a glimmer of hope. Its bad for the defence to lose 4 goals, but there was effort, there were ICT goals, and there was entertainment... all things that had been missing in recent weeks.

RIG:

Just going to list various things I noticed or thought of during/after the game:

Overall the game was poor in terms of the football played. Aberdeen seemed more likely to try and pass it but we were too reliant on hoofing the ball up the park as usual. However, there was some nice passing in places I felt.

Our line up was odd. Not sure about Tokely in midfield really. He was caught out a lot by Aluko but stuck to his job well on most occasions. However, in our system the right midfielder needs to help cover back with our right sided full back and this he couldn't to due to this lack of pace and Proctor was often left exposed.

The first Aberdeen goal was abysmal defending from Proctor, Tokely, Munro and McGuire. Far too easy for the lad to cut inside and stroke the ball past Fraser.

Niculae being ball greedy! Why oh why did he not pick out Cowie all alone with an empty net in front if him? Worst decision by anyone of the entire 90 minutes.

Odd goal to level with but we'll take it. I thought it was going to head out of play till Bus(s) arrived to smash a header into his own net.

Duncans finish was a sweet strike and I believe his yellow for his celebration was incorrect however the highlights might clear this up as to what happened. Seemed that it was the reaction of Aberdeen players and fans that got him booked.

Especially when you consider Nicholson celebrating in front of/baiting the ICT fans. Personally I think both should have been allowed but if MacDonald was to book Duncan then he should book Nicholson. It was a fantastic goal they equalised with but Hastings was too slow to close down and allowed Foster (?) too much time and space to pick out the runner into the box with McGuire static as Nicholson rose. Could Ikey have come for it? Cracking goal nonetheless but we made it easy.

Duncans sending off - will be interesting to see just what he does with regards to "kicking the ball away" from MacDonald. Can't help but feel that there wasn't too much in it but we'll see (hopefully) in the highlights. Put us on the back foot for the 2nd half but we coped well under intense pressure at times though on other occasions we were falling apart.

Seemed to galvanise the effort from the lads so that was appreciated given recent performances showing so little enthusiasm.

Munro had a spectacular goal line clearance from Miller or Mackie I think it was. Miller then went on to miss an open goal as he sidefooted wide. More dodgy defending from us allowed this opportunity.

Our free kicks at the edge of the box were atrocious. We had a horror one from Duncan against "Team X" but Imrie topped that yesterday with his one. Something we need to work on clearly. Any chance of Rankin giving the lads some pointers?

Subs were interesting. I actually think the players he brought on were good - Hart added fresh legs and plenty of effort in the midfield and putting Marcus on retained our balance. However we could have used another pair of fresh legs in there to help us hold the ball up away from the goal. That's where Wyness came in. Players like McBain and Cowie were tiring badly although that's too be expected.

We still looked a threat on the counter. Forced some corners and had a few reasonable efforts e.g. Marcus going for glory and I think Hart and Tokely both had breaks into the box that just failed to result in anything.

Killer goal at the end where we just couldn't clear our lines and up popped Maguire to steal in to get the winner.

Positives

The sheer effort from the team was a huge positive and something we haven't seen in a long time.

Some of the goals we scored were excellent I felt. I thought McBains goal was a great finish as it could so easily have got stuck under his feet (see Brown in the Rangers v Celtic game)

Niculae was brilliant in holding the ball up and looking for the clever pass into space - no long ball mince here!

Negatives

The result obviously

The possible lack of discipline from Duncan and Munro that resulted in the red cards

The defence still needs a lot of work

The fact that we were crying out for another pair of fresh legs to help take some of the heat off the lads towards the end was ignored



FROM CTO

Just back...traffic was shocking, much like our defending! However, I've been moaning about being bored at the last few games, and even though we lost that was an absolutely magnificent football match. We feared the worst after the Aberdeen opener, and at 3-2, but for the first time in months we had players out there who were sweating blood. Hundreds of fans stayed behind at the end to applaud the players off and they deserved it. Our third goal was a work of art as well - Niculae's one touch flick releases Cowie down the right, and his first time cross picks out McBain striding through the centre to score. Magic.



POSITIVES

Rossco - I was horrified by the decision to stick him on the right wing, and it took a while for him to settle there. But in the second half he was incredible. Had to be subbed because he looked like he would collapse from exhaustion.

Roy McBain - also put in a magnificent shift second half, capped with a goal.

Marius - simply a class act. Held up play well and set up so many of our attacks with clever flick on's.

Hart - did well off the bench

Brew - not his fault we lost. Tactically we were a bit better today, and the players gave everything second half.



NEGATIVES

Russell b***** Duncan - I think it is reasonable that your teammates receive a public apology. Whatever you got sent off for, you are an absolute moron. We're running out of central midfielders fast. Mind you, in his absence we looked twice the team we were.

Phil McGuire - a wheelie bin would be more useful at centre-half. Utterly hopeless and a liability.

Grant Munro - I don't care if the referee and standside linesman were completely incompetent (which they were) - if you were sent off after the game then you are a total idiot.

Ian Black (or the absence of)- was apparently in the Heathmount while we were playing.

Anyway, the best we've played in ages. At 3-3 we had at least as much chance of nicking it

Match report written by tm4tj/CTO



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Rangers 29 24 2 3 70 21 49 74
2. Celtic 30 21 5 4 69 20 49 68
3. Dundee Utd 32 14 7 11 45 35 10 49
4. Motherwell 30 15 4 11 40 35 5 49
5. Hibernian 32 13 8 11 45 38 7 47
6. Falkirk 32 11 9 12 39 42 -3 42
7. Hearts 32 11 8 13 42 48 -6 41
8. Aberdeen 32 11 8 13 41 52 -11 41
9. Inverness CT 32 10 3 19 39 57 -18 33
10. Kilmarnock 32 8 8 16 34 46 -12 32
11. St. Mirren 30 8 8 14 22 46 -24 32
12. Gretna 31 4 4 23 28 74 -46 16