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    hearts_h.png6 Games, 6 defeats, that is the grim statistic going into this weekend's match with a Hearts side that halted the Rangers momentum last week by winning 4-2. On the same day, the Caley Jags lost 5-0 to a rampant Celtic.

    Can Craig Brewster turn improving performances into points or will it be Hearts who build on their tremendous result from last week. Andrew Fraser previews the game.


    Inverness CT v Hearts Tulloch Caledonian Stadium Saturday 22nd September @ 3pm SPL Referee: Mike Tumilty Others: Alan Cunningham, Craig Young (Assistants), Steve O’Reilly (4th official)


    FIXTURES Saturday 22nd September: Falkirk v Motherwell Gretna v Dundee Utd Inverness CT v Hearts Kilmarnock v St Mirren Sunday 23rd September: Hibernian v Celtic (Setanta, 2pm) Rangers v Aberdeen



    Saturday 15th September: Aberdeen 1-2 Motherwell Celtic 5-0 ICT Falkirk 1-1 Hibernian Gretna 1-2 Kilmarnock Hearts 4-2 Rangers Sunday 16th September: Dundee Utd 2-0 St Mirren



    The teams have played a total of 10 times (9 League, 1 Cup) with 16 goals (7 Inverness CT, 9 Hearts) between them.

    Inverness CT: 2 wins (1 League, 1 Cup) Draws: 4 (4 League, 0 Cup) Hearts: 4 wins (3 League, 0 Cup)



    For this weeks game to remember we take you back another one of Inverness’s great cup killing shocks. On the 26th January 2001 in the Scottish Cup 4th round, Inverness CT were drawn away to Hearts. Nobody predicted a shock, but Inverness weren’t listening.

    A tremendous display from the inform 1st Division side gave the Highlanders another giant cup killing act to add to their collection. Ross Tokely’s opener was cancelled out just before the break by Gary Wales of Hearts. A few thought that was the chance of a shock gone but Inverness showed the world how to play football in the second half when Dennis Wyness and David Bagan both slotted perfect goals to gift Inverness CT passage to the Quarter-final.

    Man of the match was Hearts fan Ross Tokely. The attendance was 12016.

    The teams were as follows: INVERNESS CT: Walker, Tokely, Mann, McCaffrey, McBain, Munro, Duncan, Chrisite, Robson, Ritchie, Wyness. Subs- Bagan (for Christie), Calder, Bavidge, Golabek, Stewart. HEARTS: Niemi, Webster, Severin, Mahe, Maybury, Flogel, Gronlund, Fulton, McCann, Fuller, Wales. Subs- Kirk (for Webster), Simmons (for McCann), Adam (for Wales), McKenzie, Kazcan.

    The referee was Alan Freeland and there were two bookings on the day: Duncan and Robson both of Inverness CT. Six of the Inverness players who started the match still play for the club!



    • All League meetings between the teams have taken place in the SPL.
    • Paul Hartley is the top scorer in the fixture with 2 goals.
    • Inverness CT have never beaten Hearts at home. They have played 3 times in Inverness resulting in 2 draws and a 1-0 win for Hearts.
    • This fixture produces an average of 1.67 goals per game.



    2 goals: Hartley (Hearts)

    1 goal: Tokely, Wyness, Bagan, Juanjo, Dods, Wilson, Bayne (all ICT), Wales, Skacel, Pinilla, Mole, Driver, Aguiar, Pospisil (all Hearts).



    Marius Niculae (Inverness CT): When will he break his duck in the SPL? Surely it has to be in the next couple games, but hopefully on Saturday we will all be put out of our misery!! The Romanian at times has shown touches of class but has only 2 League Cup goals against Arbroath to shout about so far. Lets hope it is a case of once he scores 1, he will go on a scoring run. Craig Brewster (Inverness CT): Will he start or not? Well it is up to the manager isn’t it? Last week Brewster dropped himself in favour of Dennis Wyness because he was doing well in training. Brewster is a quality player and someone that could even do a good job coming off the bench with 20 mins to go. Dean McDonald (Inverness CT): Give this guy a chance Brewster!!! He deserves it with good showings in the recent reserve games. I don’t know why he has never started yet, after being top goalscorer in pre-season. Might not have played but he seems to be a hit with some of the fans already.

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