Inverness CT 0 - 0 St. Mirren

League Match
Saturday, January 28th, 2012, 3:00 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 3,044
Referee: Stephen Finnie
Inverness CT  St. Mirren

Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Terry Butcher Danny Lennon

Starting Eleven
Ryan Esson
Ross Tokely
David Proctor
Kenny Gillet
Josh Meekings
Johnny Hayes
Nick Ross
Greg Tansey
Richie Foran
Shane Sutherland
Gregory Tade
Craig Samson
Lee Mair
David van Zanten
Marc McAusland
David Barron
Jeroen Tesselaar
Steven Thomson
Dougie Imrie
Graham Carey
Steven Thompson
Paul McGowan

Substitutes
Jonny Tuffey
Thomas Piermayr
Gavin Morrison
Graeme Shinnie
Claude Gnakpa
Billy Mckay
Sam Winnall
Graeme Smith
Jason Naismith
Gary Teale
Hugh Murray
Aaron Mooy
Nigel Hasselbaink
Thomas Reilly

Substitutions
Claude Gnakpa for Shane Sutherland (64)
Sam Winnall for Gregory Tade (70)
Gary Teale => Steven Thomson (75)
Hugh Murray => Graham Carey (75)

Bookings
Richie Foran (34)
Claude Gnakpa (74)
Greg Tansey (76)
David van Zanten (69)
Lee Mair (85)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Ryan Esson (GK) 132 apps -
David Proctor 160 apps8 goals
Kenny Gillet 30 apps -
Ross Tokely 579 apps36 goals
Josh Meekings 8 apps -
Johnny Hayes 91 apps23 goals
Greg Tansey 25 apps3 goals
Nick Ross 70 apps3 goals
Richie Foran 119 apps29 goals
Shane Sutherland 54 apps3 goals
Gregory Tade 27 apps8 goals
Claude Gnakpa (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Sam Winnall (sub) 1 app (debut) -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Shane Sutherland (21 years 102 days)
Oldest Player:Greg Tansey (2013 years 182 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 56 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Sam Winnall (21 years 14 days)
Oldest Player:Greg Tansey (2013 years 182 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 44 days
Domestic Players:18 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Claude Gnakpa(Signed )
Sam Winnall(Signed )

Milestones

Boring, Boring, Boring !!!!

The first half was invisible from a Caley Thistle point of view with St Mirren registering 4 or 5 chances, but the first five minutes of the second half saw quite a few chances for ICT, none of which were converted, and the only other action was a flurry of substitutions for both sides, the result of which was two attempts by new boy Claude Gnakpa, one which hit the inside of the post, and then a booking for him for alleged simulation ......

0-0 the final score ... 2 points dropped for sure, but on the bright side it was a third SPL clean sheet in a row, and seven games unbeaten. Bring on Celtic next week !!!!

Buddy Hell

Inverness managed to snatch a draw from the jaws of victory as they passed up a number of gilt edged opportunities to take all three points.

A beautiful January afternoon failed to tempt more fans down to the Caledonian Stadium and the game kicked off in bright sunshine, with a rermarkable skyline to the east. It looked as if someone had painted a straight line across the sky with incredible accuracy; a massive bank of cloud reaching down to sea level.

Butcher had to change his back line once more as a knee injury ruled out Steve Williams. Ross Tokely slotted into the centre back role, but the rest of the team remained the same as last week with new boys Winnall and Gnakpa securing a place on the bench. Swindon bound Lee Cox was absent. Jim Goodwin missed out for Saint's, but ex-Inverness wide player Dougie Imrie started with Hasselbaink and Teale as subs.

The first half was quite a borefest with Inverness unable to put their foot on the ball and string two passes together. It was the visitors that made most of the running in the early stages but if truth be told neither side turned up at all. Last week against Hearts, you could see the determination and quality that merited the plaudits. This had deserted the entire team in that first half, none moreso than the enigmatic Jonny Hayes. He looked jaded, and without that spark, Inverness struggled to create anything. St Mirren fared slightly better and Esson had to make a couple of routine saves to keep the clean sheet intact. Maybe the Saint's strikers could have done better, but they shot straight at Esson through Carey, and Thompson headed one into Esson's midriff when either side of him would have given cause for concern. Thompson almost caught out Ryan Esson with a looping header but he palmed the ball from under the bar and then gathered the loose ball comfortably.

What were Inverness doing meantime? Absolutely nothing. They could not bring the ball under control and a number of misplaced passes roused the sleeping fans in the North Stand. The only positives for Inverness in that first half was Man of the Match Kenny Gillet had Dougie Imrie in his back pocket and produced an outstanding French lesson for all to see. Just before half time, it was Gillet who almost broke the deadlock, he sidestepped the defenders but dragged his shot wide. Easy to see why he has never scored a goal before, but it was more promising from the home side.

Terry Butcher must have compiled a huge list for his half time pep talk after enduring that rubbish. It was so boring that we were reduced to watching a strange light on a hilltop in the direction of the Slochd. Many theories were put forward as to what it was, at least it was more entertaining than the football on display.

Half Time 0-0

Words were undoubtedly spoken in the dressing room and Inverness came out of the blocks with all guns blazing. Someone had woken Hayes up and all of a sudden we were lurking with intent around the visitors box. Hayes fizzed a ball across the box, unfortunately for Tade the ball had too much pace on it and he could not direct his toe poke into the net at the far post. He only succeeded in knocking the ball wide of the target and twisting his foot in the process. Tade turned provider soon after but his cut back went behind Ross and Hayes and another great chance was gone.

More neat play saw a chance open up for Tansey, but his shot from the edge of the box flashed inches wide of the upright when he should have made the keeper work. Inverness were still pressing the game and the Buddies were on the back foot as Foran cleared the North Stand with an effort from 25 yards, the ball landing somewhere near Munlochy.

St Mirren ventured upfield and Barron shot straight at Esson then the industrious McGowan inexplicably trundled a shot into a grateful Esson's hands from point blank range as Meekings stifled the strike.

New boys Gnakpa and Winnall were introduced for the less than effective Tade and Sutherland and it was Claude who looked the likeliest to open the scoring. He was waltzing past the St Mirren players with some dazzling runs, but the referee booked him at the end of a four man waltz for alleged diving. He was however causing the Saint's problems as he ran at them with skill and pace and his aerial presence offered us another dimension. He almost put the icing on the cake after he fired a low shot across the keeper, but it bounced off the post and along the face of the goal line before being scrambled away That was as close as it got, but no, hang on a minute.

Nick Ross missed an incredible opportunity to wrap up the points late on but he somehow managed to thump the ball over the bar from right on the goal line. He almost made amends right at the death but shot weakly at Samson from the edge of the box as he tried to curl one in.

Full Time 0-0

After a dull first half we came to life and should have won at a canter, but chances went abegging and we missed an opportunity to climb the table. A couple of positives though. That's seven games unbeaten now. Claude looks like an all round player, pacey, tricky and good in the air. Ryan Esson kept his third clean sheet in a row and Kenny Gillet had his finest hour and a half for Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Josh Meekings was next best and Tansey came onto a game in the second half.

So, chance missed to stretch away from the bottom clubs, but with Dunfermline and Hibs both losing, it's not such a bad weekend after all.

We never did find out what the mysterious glowing light was on top of the hills, but thankfully the game picked up after the break and it was all forgotten about.

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 24 19 2 3 48 18 30 59
2. Rangers 25 18 4 3 47 14 33 58
3. Motherwell 24 12 5 7 33 29 4 41
4. Hearts 24 10 5 9 30 18 12 35
5. St. Johnstone 24 10 5 9 32 27 5 35
6. Aberdeen 25 7 8 10 27 30 -3 29
7. Dundee Utd 24 6 9 9 33 38 -5 27
8. Kilmarnock 23 6 9 8 27 34 -7 27
9. St. Mirren 25 6 9 10 25 36 -11 27
10. Inverness CT 24 7 5 12 30 40 -10 26
11. Hibernian 24 4 6 14 24 45 -21 18
12. Dunfermline 24 4 5 15 26 53 -27 17