St. Johnstone 0 - 0 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, December 29th, 2012, 3:00 PM at McDiarmid Park, Perth
Attendance: 2,975
Referee: Bobby Madden
St. Johnstone Inverness CT

Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Steve Lomas Terry Butcher

Starting Eleven
Alan Mannus
Dave Mackay
David McCracken
Frazer Wright
Callum Davidson
Peter Pawlett
Patrick Cregg
Murray Davidson
Liam Craig
Steven MacLean
Gregory Tade
Antonio Reguero
Gary Warren
David Raven
Graeme Shinnie
Aaron Doran
Andrew Shinnie
Owain Tudur Jones
Ross Draper
Richie Foran
Billy Mckay
Matthew Cooper

Bench
Jonathan Tuffey
Nigel Hasselbaink
Kevin Moon
Gary Miller
Rowan Vine
Liam Caddis
Andrew Steeves
Ryan Esson
Gavin Morrison
Nick Ross
Liam Polworth
Conor Pepper
Shane Sutherland
Philip Roberts

Substitutions
Rowan Vine -> Steven MacLean (58)
Nigel Hasselbaink -> Patrick Cregg (75)
Conor Pepper for Richie Foran (67)
Philip Roberts for Andrew Shinnie (73)
Nick Ross for Billy Mckay (87)

Bookings
Patrick Cregg (43) Owain Tudur Jones (67)
Ross Draper (70)
David Raven (72)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Antonio Reguero (GK) 17 apps -
David Raven 26 apps -
Gary Warren 26 apps4 goals
Ross Draper 23 apps4 goals
Aaron Doran 54 apps4 goals
Graeme Shinnie 82 apps2 goals
Andrew Shinnie 46 apps19 goals
Owain Tudur Jones 36 apps2 goals
Richie Foran 154 apps40 goals
Matthew Cooper 3 apps -
Billy Mckay 50 apps21 goals
Conor Pepper (sub) 14 apps2 goals
Nick Ross (sub) 88 apps5 goals
Philip Roberts (sub) 17 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Aaron Doran (21 years 236 days)
Oldest Player:Matthew Cooper (2014 years 153 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 93 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Liam Polworth (18 years 83 days)
Oldest Player:Philip Roberts (2014 years 153 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 342 days
Domestic Players:13 (72.22 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Billy Mckay played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.

Wot.......no goals

Inverness drew a blank for the first time this season as the hectic Christmas schedule took it's toll on the players of both sides, the game ending 0-0 with very few clear opportunities for either side.  When the dust settled, the point gained was a point closer to leaders Celtic as Inverness finished the calendar year in second spot on goal difference from Motherwell.

If truth be told, it was a rather drab affair, but interesting enough to keep the fans on their toes as the Perth team tried to force the play in the second half only to be met by some stubborn and resolute Inverness defending, but a team still dangerous on the break, if only they could have found the final ball.

Josh Meekings once more failed to make the starting eleven and young Mathew Cooper continued to deputise with Nick Ross making the bench.  Gregory Tade would be the Saints main threat using his power and pace in direct opposition to Cooper, hoping to unsettle the lad, but Cooper and the back line held firm.

Inverness CT ensured that they finished 2012 in second place in the SPL table despite being held to a 0-0 draw against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park in the SPL - the first time all season that Terry Butcher's side have failed to score a goal.

Match report written by tm4tj



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 20 12 4 4 39 15 24 40
2. Inverness CT 21 8 10 3 44 35 9 34
3. Motherwell 21 9 7 5 37 29 8 34
4. Hibernian 21 9 4 8 31 29 2 31
5. Aberdeen 21 8 6 7 28 26 2 30
6. Kilmarnock 20 7 6 7 30 26 4 27
7. St. Johnstone 21 6 9 6 23 26 -3 27
8. Dundee Utd 19 6 7 6 28 27 1 25
9. Hearts 20 6 7 7 20 22 -2 25
10. St. Mirren 20 5 6 9 25 34 -9 21
11. Ross County 20 4 9 7 21 30 -9 21
12. Dundee 20 3 3 14 13 40 -27 12