It might have been another loss on Wednesday night but the 2-1 defeat to Celtic has brought a little more optimism for the fans for the next 5 games before the split.
A Marius Niculae strike 20 mins before the end, gave Celtic a nervy finish, and gave the Romanian his 9th goal of the season, but only his first away from the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium!
Saturdays game is the first of two consecutive home games against Hearts (1st March) and Falkirk in 2 weeks. We have next weekend off due to Scottish Cup action. A win against Hearts would bring back the confidence for that mighty push for a top six spot. The last time Hearts came here, we had lost our opening 6 games of the season and fought back to win 2-1 thanks to a Brewster injury time winner. Same again daddy brew please!!
Inverness CT v Hearts Tulloch Caledonian Stadium Saturday 1st March @ 3pm
Referee: Alan Freeland Others: Jim Lyon, Craig Young (Assistants), Willie Hornby (4th official)
Saturday 1st March:
Hibernian v Celtic (Setanta, 12:30pm) Falkirk v Motherwell Gretna v Dundee Utd Inverness CT v Hearts Kilmarnock v St Mirren Rangers v Aberdeen
LATEST SPL RESULTS
Saturday 23rd February:
Dundee Utd 0-0 Falkirk Hibernian 2-0 Inverness CT Motherwell 0-1 Hearts
Sunday 24th February:
Kilmarnock 3-1 Aberdeen Rangers 4-2 Gretna St Mirren 0-1 Celtic
Wednesday 27th February:
Aberdeen 1-1 Motherwell Celtic 2-1 Inverness CT Dundee Utd 1-1 St Mirren Falkirk 0-2 Hibernian Gretna 4-2 Kilmarnock Hearts 0-4 Rangers
The teams have played a total of 12 times (11 League, 1 Cup) with 24 goals (12 Inverness CT, 12 Hearts) between them.
Inverness CT: 4 wins (3 League, 1 Cup) Draws: 4 (4 League, 0 Cup)
Hearts: 4 wins (3 League, 0 Cup)
A GAME TO REMEMBER
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. Five 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, Dennis Wyness and Barry Wilson are the top scorers in the fixture, each with 2 goals.
- Inverness CT have won both fixtures this season.
- This fixture produces an average of 1.67 goals per game.
2 goals: Hartley (Hearts), Wyness (ICT), Bayne (ICT)
1 goal: Tokely, Bagan, Juanjo, Dods, Wilson, Brewster, Duncan, Rankin (all ICT), Wales , Skacel, Pinilla, Mole, Driver, Aguiar, Pospisil, Berra, Vekicka own goal (all Hearts).
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Marius Niculae (Inverness CT): The Romanian scored his first goal against the Old Firm on Wednesday when he neatly finished from the edge of the area after a Scott Brown mistake. Now on 9 goals for the season, the race is on for his dream to be apart of Euro 2008.
Steve Banks (Hearts): Ever since Scotland’s number 1 Craig Gordon left for Sunderland , life hasn’t been the same for Hearts. Banks has played well since coming in but hasn’t been able to prevent Hearts sliping into the bottom six. After a 4-0 drubbing from Rangers in midweek, this game in the Highlands is an important one.