Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1
Dundee 1
League (Premiership)

Inverness CT 

1 - 1


League (Premiership)
Saturday, April 4th, 2015
Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 3,362
3:00 PM Kick-off

Graeme Shinnie (55) David Clarkson (53)

Team Managers
John Hughes Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
1. Ryan Esson
2. Dave Raven
3. Graeme Shinnie
5. Gary Warren
6. Josh Meekings
8. Ross Draper
10. Aaron Doran
11. Nick Ross
15. Marley Watkins
16. Greg Tansey
22. Ryan Christie
Scott Bain .12
Willie Dyer .3
Thomas Konrad .4
Paul McGinn .19
James McPake .5
Simon Ferry .11
Stephen McGinn .48
Paul McGowan .18
Kevin Thomson .10
David Clarkson .16
Greg Stewart .15

12. Dean Brill
14. Danny Devine
20. Liam Polworth
4. James Vincent
19. Danny Williams
25. Tarmo Kink
7. Edward Ofere
Kyle Letheren .1
Kostadin Gadzhalov .26
Iain Davidson .6
Alex Harris .47
Jim McAlister .20
Paul Heffernan .49
Craig Wighton .33

Edward Ofere for Ryan Christie (71)
Tarmo Kink for Nick Ross (84)
Iain Davidson for James McPake (62)
Jim McAlister for Simon Ferry (71)
Alex Harris for David Clarkson (82)

Ross Draper (57)
David Raven (67)
Paul McGowan (54)
Willie Dyer (79)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Willie Collum (Referee)
Stuart Stevenson & Stuart Hodge (Assistants)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee returned from the Highlands with a deserved point from a keenly contested 1-1 draw at Inverness Caledonian Thistle. David Clarkson put the Dee ahead early in the second half, only for Graeme Shinnie to grab an instant equaliser. Both teams tried hard for a winner, but neither side could find the moment of inspiration needed to take all the points in a tight match.

The Dark Blues made one change from the side that faced Aberdeen; Greg Stewart returned to the starting eleven and Alex Harris dropped onto the bench.

In a dull first half the play was as broken up as a pitch that looked in need of some loving care after a long winter. Both sides had early efforts from free kicks that posed little danger. Caley Thistle were the more effective side, unsettling the Dee with some energetic pressing. However, neither side were able to get a consistent fluent passing game going on the bumpy pitch.

After 17 minutes Gary Warren misdirected a back header from a Tansey free kick, and that was the nearest thing to a half chance in the first half. Caley Thistle had a few efforts from distance. Both Tansey and Doran sent their shots straight at an unruffled Bain. Doran did better with a dangerous, fizzing 20 yard shot that Bain was happy to beat away for a corner after a fast Caley Thistle attack; by far the best piece of football in a turgid 45 minutes.

The Dark Blues struggled to build attacks throughout the half and home keeper Esson had little to do. Caley Thistle were also trying to build from the back but looked most dangerous when their hard working pressing forced mistakes in the Dundee midfield.

The match sprang into life after half time with both teams at last finding a cutting edge. The Dark Blues raised their game and managed to put together some effective passing moves and took the lead from one. Greg Stewart had switched over to the right, burst into the penalty area and found Paul McGowan, who laid the ball off for David CLARKSON to break his barren spell with a low drive from 12 yards.

Frustratingly the Dark Blues lost concentration to concede an immediate equaliser. Ross's low cross from the right was missed by Watkins and the whole Dundee defence. The ball found its way through to Graeme SHINNIE, coming in from the left. He took a touch and rifled a low shot across Bain and inside the far post.

That was the last slip from the Dark Blues' defence who looked solid for the remainder of the game. A few minutes after the goals James McPake had to leave the pitch following a knock to his knee. Iain Davidson replaced him and settled into his defensive role comfortably.

Dundee were the more composed side for the last half hour, but Caley Thistle looked dangerous from a couple of long balls. The first long punt allowed Doran to find space on the left, but shot wide of the near post. Watkins then won another high ball from the back, knocking it into space between Ofere and Bain. The Caley Thistle substitute nudged it past Bain, only for the ball to bounce outside the post.

The Dark Blues went straight up the field and substitute Jim McAlister whipped a first time shot just wide after a good build up by Stewart.

In the last 10 minutes the game opened up in exciting fashion as both teams tried their hardest to take all the points. Dundee looked the more dangerous team because of their greater composure in possession. Caley Thistle were usually too eager to get forward quickly and gave the ball away too often when the attacked.

In the end a draw was a fair result. Dundee improved the longer the game went on, and by the end were looking a much better team than in a first half when only the defence did themselves justice. The loss of an equaliser so soon after taking the lead was particularly disappointing in a game with few chances and in which the Dark Blues' defence was looking very capable of keeping a clean sheet. Nevertheless, a deserved draw away to the club in third place is a good result in Dundee's first season back in the Premiership and leaves them very much in contention for a top six place.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at April 4th, 2015)

2014-15 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)23 21 - 21 -
Willie Dyer28 18 - 44 -
Thomas Konrad25 302302
Paul McGinn24 312312
James McPake30 311311
Simon Ferry27 181181
Stephen McGinn26 7171
Paul McGowan27 281281
Kevin Thomson29 21 - 21 -
David Clarkson29 219219
Greg Stewart25 32143214
Jim McAlister (sub)29 33111711
Iain Davidson (sub)31 101805
Alex Harris (sub)20 111111

League Table (as at April 4th, 2015)

No league table has been added for this season.