Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1
Dundee 1
League (Premiership)

Inverness CT 

1 - 1


League (Premiership)
Saturday, October 31st, 2015
Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 2,940
3:00 PM Kick-off

Greg Tansey (pen.) (64) Rory Loy (pen.) (50)

Team Managers
John Hughes Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
25. Owain Fôn Williams
2. Dave Raven red 50'
3. Carl Tremarco
6. Josh Meekings
14. Danny Devine
4. James Vincent
16. Greg Tansey
19. Danny Williams
20. Liam Polworth
22. Ryan Christie
27. Iain Vigurs
Scott Bain .1
Kostadin Gadzhalov .26
Thomas Konrad .4
Paul McGinn .19
Kevin Holt .3
Paul McGowan .18
Nick Ross .17
Nicky Low .8
Greg Stewart .7
Rory Loy .9
Rhys Healey .23

1. Ryan Esson
5. Gary Warren
15. Nat Wedderburn
17. Lewis Horner
37. Ali Sutherland
43. Andy Macrae
David Mitchell .12
Daryll Meggatt .6
Gary Irvine .2
Riccardo Calder .20
Gary Harkins .29
Josh Skelly .43
Kane Hemmings .15

Ali Sutherland for Iain Vigurs (67)
Gary Warren for Danny Williams (80)
Kane Hemmings for Rory Loy (71)
Riccardo Calder for Nicky Low (71)

None. None.

Red Cards
David Raven (50) None.

Match Officials

Brian Colvin (Referee)
Graham Chambers & Anthony Cooper (Assistants)
Alan Muir (Fourth Official)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee had to make do with a disappointing point in a 1-1 draw in Inverness this afternoon. After a poor first half Dundee took the lead shortly after half time when David Raven conceded a penalty and was red carded. Rory Loy scored from the spot and Dundee were on top for the rest of the match. However, a Greg Tansey penalty midway through the second half gave Caley Thistle a point that had looked beyond them.

Although Dundee made three changes to the adventurous formation that proved unsuccessful against Kilmarnock, they lined up with the side that finished that game. Thomas Konrad replaced Darryll Meggatt in central defence, while Paul McGowan and Nicky Low came in for Gary Harkins and Kane Hemmings as the Dee switched to a slightly more conservative 4-3-3. Caley Thistle made only one change from their last league game; Iain Vigurs came in for the injured Miles Storey.

The game started quietly and settled down into a soporific midfield battle. Both sides looked more comfortable without the ball, closing down the opposition effectively and failing to create anything memorable.

Dundee put together a few promising moves in the first half, but all of them fizzled out before the home keeper Owain Fon Williams needed to do anything energetic.

Caley Thistle were the more dangerous side in the first half, but their threat came mainly from set pieces when they were able to push their big men into the penalty area. Ryan Christie nearly had a chance, but he needed too long to control Williams cross and Thomas Konrad cleared. Christie again had a sniff of a half chance from another Williams cross, but his shot was so weak that Scott Bain picked it up rather than saving it.

Bain had another easy save when Meekings connected with a free kick. The same player did manage to beat him when he headed in another free kick, but the flag was already up for offside.

The first half was so dreary that the supporters were reduced to polite applause to celebrate winning throw ins.

The game quickly sprang into life after half time. Nicky Low opened up the home defence with a fine pass across to Greg Stewart in space on the left. Stewart ran in on goal, but just before he could shoot David Raven brought him down. Raven was red carded, and Rory LOY hammered home the penalty.

Caley Thistle tried to keep the same formation, but playing with only three at the back. They looked vulnerable every time Dundee had the ball, and the home side offered little threat themselves.

Nicky Low went close when he ran in from the right and his shot was deflected for a corner, from which Rhys Healey headed wide. The Dark Blues were well on top at this stage and looked likely to make the game safe.

Surprisingly, and against the run of play, Caley Thistle equalised when one of their few attacks won a penalty. Play had broked down scrappily in the Dee penalty area wide on the left. Ryan Christie moved for the ball, almost on the touchline, and went down in the neighbourhood of Kevin Holt. Greg TANSEY gave Bain no chance from the spot.

The equaliser gave Caley Thistle a lift and they had their best spell of the half for a few minutes in which they pushed forward. Dundee soon reasserted control and pressed hard for a winner for the remainder of the game.

Healey forced a good save from Fon Williams after a Stewart pass had set up the chance. Caley Thistle were struggling to retain their shape as the Dee found space easily to set up a wave of attacks. The home side's problems were not made any easier when Riccardo Calder and Kane Hemmings replaced Nicky Low and Rory Loy.

A spell of fierce pressure ended with a ferocious Hemmings' drive from 18 yards that Fon Williams did well to parry, but there were no Dark Blues on hand to pounce on the loose ball and Caley Thistle escaped.

After 79 minutes Caley Thistle finally sorted out their defence, sending on Gary Warren for Danny Williams, a substitution that showed Caley Thistle were sensibly settling for a point.

Caley Thistle had a late chance when they broke from a Dundee corner, but Liam Polworth shot wide at the end of a penalty box scramble.

The remaining 10 minutes were spent with Dundee pressing furiously for the winner and the Caley Thistle defence holding firm. Greg Stewart shot wide from a half chance when the ball rebounded to him 12 yards out. Frustratingly the Dark Blues couldn't turn massive pressure and territorial advantage into clear chances and had to settle for a point when it really should have been three.

After a poor first half for both teams Dundee improved greatly after the break. However, even though they were playing against 10 men they didn't quite have the quality of composure required to add to their single goal against a short-handed defence. That goal ought to have been enough against a team who were carrying little threat and it was disappointing that the Dark Blues couldn't see out a game that they should have won.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at October 31st, 2015)

2015-16 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)23 14 - 40 -
Kostadin Gadzhalov26 3 - 12 -
Kevin Holt22 112112
Paul McGinn25 14 - 532
Thomas Konrad25 12 - 492
Paul McGowan28 9 - 431
Nicky Low23 8 - 8 -
Nick Ross23 14 - 14 -
Rory Loy27 9696
Greg Stewart25 1455320
Rhys Healey20 6161
Riccardo Calder (sub)19 6 - 6 -
Kane Hemmings (sub)24 134134

League Table (as at October 31st, 2015)

No league table has been added for this season.