St. Johnstone 1 - 0 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, December 20th, 2014, 3:00 PM at McDiarmid Park, Perth
Attendance: 2,891
Referee: Brian Colvin
St. Johnstone Inverness CT

Brian Graham (pen.62) None.

Team Managers
Tommy Wright John Hughes

Starting Eleven
Alan Mannus
Dave Mackay
Steven Anderson
Frazer Wright
Brian Easton
Lee Croft
Chris Millar
Simon Lappin
Michael O-Halloran
David Wotherspoon
Brian Graham
Dean Brill
Josh Meekings
Gary Warren
David Raven
Graeme Shinnie
Aaron Doran
Greg Tansey
Ross Draper
Ryan Christie
James Vincent
Billy Mckay

Steve Banks
Gary Miller
Gary McDonald
Liam Caddis
Murray Davidson
Scott Brown
Connor McLaren
Ryan Esson
Daniel Devine
Carl Tremarco
Nick Ross
Liam Polworth
Danny Williams
Marley Watkins

Murray Davidson -> Chris Millar (54)
Gary McDonald -> David Wotherspoon (88)
Gary Miller -> Lee Croft (91)
Marley Watkins for James Vincent (56)
Nick Ross for Aaron Doran (80)
Danny Williams for Ryan Christie (84)

None. Aaron Doran (27)
David Raven (60)
Graeme Shinnie (62)

Red Cards
None. Ross Draper (66)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Dean Brill (GK) 65 apps -
David Raven 95 apps1 goal
Josh Meekings 124 apps3 goals
Gary Warren 97 apps11 goals
Ryan Christie 36 apps6 goals
Graeme Shinnie 163 apps6 goals
Aaron Doran 132 apps17 goals
Greg Tansey 79 apps12 goals
James Vincent 39 apps2 goals
Ross Draper 99 apps7 goals
Billy Mckay 135 apps57 goals
Danny Williams (sub) 44 apps2 goals
Marley Watkins (sub) 52 apps6 goals
Nick Ross (sub) 156 apps11 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Aaron Doran (23 years 227 days)
Oldest Player:Josh Meekings (2016 years 144 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 76 days
Domestic Players:5 (45.45 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Liam Polworth (20 years 74 days)
Oldest Player:Danny Williams (2016 years 144 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 278 days
Domestic Players:10 (55.56 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Criminal proceedings:

Inverness paid the penalty for one too many pass backs. Ryan Christie was the perpetrator, choosing the wrong option aided by poor execution, but the real sinner was Brian Graham who cheated his way to a penalty, diving as Brill came out to block his run. To rub salt into the wound, he took the resultant spot kick and hammered it into the opposite side of the net to where Brill had moved for what proved to be the only goal of the game. Who said that crime doesn't pay!

He was caught on CCTV and you can view the footage below.

This robbery has seen Inverness drop from second to fifth after the Sunday game which saw United beat leaders Celtic handsomely.

Inverness had won the previous four encounters with St Johnstone, but with the Perth side on a three game winning streak and Inverness smarting from a 4-0 thumping by Partick, this was always going to be a tight affair. And so it proved although Dean Brill was made to work much harder than his counterpart in the Saints goal, making a handful of excellent saves whilst Mannus was a part-time spectator.

Yogi rang the changes in his starting eleven with Ryan Christie and Aaron Doran starting ahead of Danny Williams and Marley Watkins. A strange one considering the impact Watkins has had this season, unless of course he was carrying a knock. As expected for Perth, James McFadden missed out and Lee Croft and David Wotherspoon filled in again, with Murray Davidson starting from the bench.

Enough from me, let's get down to the nitty gritty and dish the dirt on one or two.

The Sloth had slowly made his way to Perth with Caley Away to witness the robbery and here is his debut report....................

With Christmas jumpers and Santa hats being the main attire in the stands for the match between Inverness and St Johnstone, and Inverness fans on their Christmas day out, the Caley Jags were hoping to leave Perth with a win and all 3 points as an early Christmas present from the big man in red.

Inverness had a changed line up from the team that were beaten 4-0 by Partick Thistle the week before, with Marley Watkins and Danny Williams being dropped to the bench while Ryan Christie and Aaron Doran were slotted into the remaining space. St Johnstone only had one change from the game with Kilmarnock with Lee Croft being brought in for the injured James McFadden.

This unfortunately was not going to be the Christmas present that the Inverness fans were hoping for. The game began quite lively with large possession periods of the ball being kept by each team but at the end of the first half neither team were on top, however Christie and Shinnie came closest to giving the visitors the lead while Croft had the best effort for the home side.

Half Time 0-0

However, a moment of controversy in the second half tilted the game in St Johnstone's favour. In the 62nd minute, Dean Brill was alleged to have taken down Brian Graham within the Inverness box and the referee awarded the spot kick, although the decision didn't go without the voices of the Inverness players suggesting that he went down a little too easily, or as the fans saw it, a dive which Tom Daley would have been proud of. After winning the penalty, Graham converted as well, putting the ball in the net whilst sending Brill the opposite way.

It got worse for Inverness after a foul in the 66th minute by Ross Draper on Simon Lappin, where it was apparently seen by the referee that Draper threw an elbow out, Brian Colvin decided that it was a red card offence and sent him packing.

Although down to 10 men, Inverness didn't give up and in a scrappy end to the game, David Raven came closest by shaving the post in the dying moments, dashing all hopes of anything coming out of this game for Inverness.

Full Time 1-0

Match report written by tm4tj/the sloth

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 16 12 2 2 33 10 23 38
2. Aberdeen 17 11 1 5 26 17 9 34
3. Hamilton Academical 17 10 3 4 30 18 12 33
4. Inverness CT 17 10 2 5 24 18 6 32
5. Dundee Utd 16 10 1 5 28 19 9 31
6. St. Johnstone 17 8 2 7 15 17 -2 26
7. Dundee 17 5 6 6 22 22 0 21
8. Kilmarnock 17 6 3 8 17 22 -5 21
9. Partick Thistle 17 5 5 7 23 20 3 20
10. Motherwell 17 4 2 11 12 27 -15 14
11. Ross County 17 2 3 12 17 37 -20 9
12. St. Mirren 17 2 2 13 11 31 -20 8