Vital win at the Alamo:
A vital win for the Caley Jags today and who better to get the winner against the Buddies, Ross Tokely.
Following an early goalmouth scramble Inverness were awarded a goal as Captain Grant Munro was adjudged to have been the last ICT player to have made contact before the ball crossed the line. Goal for Grantie!
Inverness seemed to be in control but what should have been an easily defended ball in from St Mirren saw Hamilton score the equaliser on 70 minutes.
The Caley Jags continued to battle though and Ross Tokely was the man who secured the victory for ICT with a late goal to bring all 3 points back to the Highlands and maintain our 4 point gap on bottom of the table Falkirk.
overview from tm4tj:
We should have blown them away just after half time when Imrie made his own personal assault on the Mirrren goals, having about six shots in five minutes, unfortunately all off target. Lionel possibly caught out for their goal, but otherwise he had a decent game. Rossco scoring the winner in Paisley. You can't write stuff like that, the big man was magnificent, great in defence and scored the winner against his beloved buddies fans, brilliant. Good craic in the stands, well done to all for creating a noise. I thought Foran had a good game and Imrie back to his best being a nuisance player. Roy was on a man marking mission, hardly kicked the ball, but snuffed out his opponent well. Fraser did what he had to do. All in all, great day out and worth the cheap tickets just to see Rossco get the winner.
Roscoe is an absolute LEGEND.
Wan every ball in defence, countless times he outjumped 'jimmy' Hamilton (feckin annoying tannoyman who didn't acknowledge the Caley Jags scorers) and kept everything under control.
Then he pops up and scores THE best goal ever completely out of the blue, a fantastic reaction from the fans and the players. One of the GREAT goals to witness first-hand.
Probably the best performance for months, although we didn't really control the game at any point (maybe for the first ten minutes of the second half) we showed the bottle and never-say-die attitude that we need. Roscoe simply epitomises everything good about ICT, especially today. Must be sore for midden fans, Tokely scoring a late winner.
Black was superb, Foran was tireless, Imrie was immense down the wing and Mikey was flawless. These three points may be the biggest in the clubs history.
Also, barrowman being ten times better than Rooney isn't as laughable as you might think, he did well when he was on the pitch, and although Rooney was given the thankless task of lone striker he didn't impress.
once again, TOKELY IS VICTORIOUS
And here he is our analyst, Alt Maryhill:
Fantastic day yesterday. Some of the football was a wee bit patchy, but the fighting spirit of the players was unbelievable. This is exactly what we hoped Butcher would be able to provide, and he's done it brilliantly. When I was sitting at Fir Park in December, almost reluctant to applaud our last minute penalty because the performance had been so bad, it felt like the club would never have days like yesterday again. Yesterday was ICT Pele-style, in attitude if not in footballing ethos.
From a footballing point of view, what's interesting is the selection dilemma Butcher had created for himself. Tokely was excellent at centre half, as apparently he was against Hamilton, so does Pav come back in next week? If Morais is fit again next week, does he come in and if so who does he replace, given that he can play either up front or wide? I was interested to see some praise for the Barrowman/Foran combination from other who had been at the game. I'm glad to see Foran up front and Imrie wide at last, but again Barrowman looked like he doesn't quite have the pace to play as a striker in a team that is playing on the counter-attack. That's not to criticise his effort: I thought he really put a shift in yesterday, passed intelligently and linked play well when he dropped deep, but unfortunately, dropping deep meant he couldn't get back into the box in time to make himself available for the ball again.
Lastly, although it's been said plenty of times already, our support was out of this world. All the boys that led the singing should be proud of themselves - kept it up for the whole 90 minutes and didn't let anyone sink into apathy after the St Mirren equaliser. I'm sure the support played a big part in keeping the players going, and it would be brilliant if it was a good in all the remaining fixtures. Probably the greatest moment was not at the game itself, but getting off the train at Glasgow Central: the boys sang all the way down the platform and through the station, and as myself, Caley Stan and our mates went down toward the Argyle St exit, all we could hear was the whole place echoing to chants of "ROSSCO, ROSSCO". Legendary stuff
Match report written by Alternative Maryhill