Dundee 0 - 2 Inverness CT

League Match
Wednesday, May 17th, 2017, 7:45 PM at Dens Park, Dundee
Attendance: 5,574
Referee: Kevin Clancy
Dundee Inverness CT

Goalscorers
None. Alex Fisher (2)
Alex Fisher (10)

Team Managers
Neil McCann Richie Foran

Starting Eleven
Scott Bain
Kevin Holt
Darren O-Dea
Cameron Kerr
Kevin Gomis
James Vincent
Mark O-Hara
Nicholas Ross
Paul McGowan
Faissal El Bakhtaoui
Marcus Haber
Ryan Esson
Gary Warren
David Raven
Brad Mckay
Louis Laing
Iain Vigurs
Liam Polworth
Greg Tansey
Ross Draper
Billy Mckay
Alex Fisher

Bench
Calum Ferrie
Danny Williams
Henrik Ojamaa
Sam Dryden
Craig Wighton
Daniel Higgins
Ian Smith
Daniel Hoban
Kevin McNaughton
Jamie McCart
Jake Mulraney
Larnell Cole
Dean Ebbe
Henri Anier

Substitutions
Daniel Higgins -> Kevin Gomis (46)
Henrik Ojamaa -> Marcus Haber (55)
Craig Wighton -> Faissal El Bakhtaoui (72)
Henri Anier for Billy Mckay (66)
Kevin McNaughton for Alex Fisher (85)
Jamie McCart for Iain Vigurs (89)

Bookings
None. Iain Vigurs (65)
Henri Anier (81)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Ryan Esson (GK) 186 apps -
Brad Mckay 27 apps1 goal
Louis Laing 13 apps -
David Raven 165 apps4 goals
Gary Warren 190 apps15 goals
Iain Vigurs 99 apps16 goals
Liam Polworth 113 apps10 goals
Ross Draper 201 apps16 goals
Greg Tansey 190 apps31 goals
Alex Fisher 27 apps7 goals
Billy Mckay 156 apps65 goals
Kevin McNaughton (sub) 14 apps -
Jamie McCart (sub) 10 apps -
Henri Anier (sub) 15 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Liam Polworth (22 years 223 days)
Oldest Player:Alex Fisher (2018 years 293 days)
Average Player Age:29 years 144 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Daniel Hoban (19 years 47 days)
Oldest Player:Greg Tansey (2018 years 293 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 310 days
Domestic Players:13 (72.22 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Not over yet:

Inverness came out of the blocks flying with a hint of intent, and after only two minutes Billy Mckay opened the scoring from close range. Things got even better when Alex Fisher knocked in number two after ten minutes. Inverness could have stretched their lead in the first period but Ryan Esson came to the rescue just before half-time to keep it 0-2 at the break.

The second half offered less opportunities and the Inverness defence coped well with Dundee's attacks. This was a massive result and one which left the fans wondering where has this result been all season. A clean sheet to boot, well done Richie and the guys.

Richie Foran talked to BBC Sport after the final whistle. He said we were magnificent defensively, won almost every ball into the box. Same again for Saturday. Great win, especially for the supporters. The players had a great attitude all week, confidence was high and we look forward to a massive game on Saturday. Pressure is now on Hamilton.

The side were met with an enthusiastic and larger than normal vocal backing as we took to the park. Foran put the much maligned Iain Vigurs into the middle of the system to add some much needed creativity, and it worked well with Vigurs supplying some teasing balls forward.

Billy Mckay almost scored in the first minute when he shut down Scott Bain but his block on the delayed clearance bounced just wide. He would not be denied moments later when he pounced on a lay-off from Liam Polworth to drill the ball low past the keeper from 12 yards. The perfect start for the Caley Jags in their quest to remain in the Premiership.

The evening got even better for the visitors in the 10th minute when Iain Vigurs chipped a wonderful ball into the box from central midfield. There was plenty to do and I'm sure the Dundee defenders thought that as well. Undaunted, Alex Fisher controlled the ball on his head and as it fell he swivelled and volleyed a spectacular shot behind a stunned keeper. What a goal. It would not have looked out of place in the Nou Camp.

Fisher passed up on an easier chance when he directed a header wide form a good cross by Brad Mckay. He should have made the keeper work at least but he will be forgiven after his stunning goal earlier.

Paul McGowan fired one wide as Dundee woke up and Liam Polworth went close at the other end. Darren O'Dea headed over as Dundee picked up the pace but Inverness were playing with a new found confidence and looked composed all over the park, dealing with the Dark Blues comfortably.

Cammy Kerr broke into the box but slashed his shot wide under pressure and the game went into overdrive with opportunities coming at both ends. In truth, Dundee could have had no complaints if they had found themselves four down before the interval, although Ryan Esson made a tremendous block close to the break after Nick Ross did well to slip in Haber.

Half Time 0-2

After the interval we kept control of the game without being so prominent in our opponents half. At the back we were first to every ball and restricted Dundee to half chances.

Mark O'Hara could have done better with a header but he nodded it straight at Esson who scooped it up comfortably. At the opposite end Brad Mckay directed a header to the top corner but Bain had enough time to pluck it out of the air.

As the game wore on, Foran went for safety and replaced attacking options with defenders with Dundee desperate to take something from the game. However we were equally determined to hold onto our clean sheet, only our third of the season and the decision to hold what we had proved to be the right one as the home side were kept at arms length as the game came to a close.

Full Time 0-2

What a shot in the arm this was. It was as welcome as it was unexpected, but thoroughly deserved. We did most of our productive work early which left Dundee chasing the game and they never fully recovered from our opening blitz.

Tremendous shift from everyone with Iain Vigurs being the pick of the bunch. Great work by Esson and the defence to keep the clean sheet and two fantastic goals to set up this lifeline.

Superb backing from the visiting fans who backed the team to the hilt. All to do again on Saturday in another must win game. Can we do it, yes we can, there is life in the team after all.

Match report written by tm4tj



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 36 32 4 0 99 25 74 100
2. Aberdeen 37 23 4 10 68 35 33 73
3. Rangers 37 18 10 9 54 43 11 64
4. St. Johnstone 37 17 7 13 49 44 5 58
5. Hearts 37 12 10 15 55 50 5 46
6. Ross County 37 10 13 14 46 57 -11 43
7. Partick Thistle 36 10 12 14 38 43 -5 42
8. Kilmarnock 37 9 14 14 35 54 -19 41
9. Motherwell 37 10 8 19 44 66 -22 38
10. Dundee 37 10 7 20 38 58 -20 37
11. Hamilton Academical 37 6 14 17 33 56 -23 32
12. Inverness CT 37 6 13 18 41 69 -28 31