Punishing Schedule Continues.
Blimey! No sooner have we blown the final whistle against St Mirren than we will we kicking off against Motherwell in another SPFL top-six encounter.
Good news is that season ticket holders can bring along a friend for nothing and under 12's also get in free.
Inverness drew with St Mirren at the weekend in a dour encounter spoiled by a poor pitch and bitterly cold and windy conditions. Billy McKay blew a great chance to score but the pitch played as big a part in that as anything McKay did.
On the bright side, Ryan Christie and Liam Polworth started and both youngsters were keen to get involved. With Foran and Doran out again then they can look forward to another start surely as Hughes will be looking to next season after the setbacks of the last few weeks.
Motherwell took a surprising punch on the chin on Saturday as Killie struck very late to snatch all three points with a 2-1 win. Former Ross County and Inverness player Iain Vigurs scored for Well but Rory McKenzie levelled before Craig Slater struck after the fifth minute of time added on to stun the Fir Park crowd.
Well won the recent midweek game in Lanarkshire with an ultimately comfortable 2-0 score, but it was far from one sided and Inverness on another day could have taken something from this game, but our lack of punch in front of goal saw us draw a blank, something all too common recently.
An Inverness win would see them get to within five points of third placed Motherwell and close the gap on United to two points while Motherwell would jump above Aberdeen if they should triumph, so plenty to play for really.
Josh Meekings' red card at the weekend will not be appealed and he misses this game after the club decided not to challenge his last man sending off against St Mirren. Captain Richie Foran and Aaron Doran miss out again through injury. Danny Devine will deputise for the missing Josh, a similar role he occupied when Warren missed the League Cup final, and a role he played very well in.
Motherwell manager Stuart McCall has hinted at two unnamed possible casualties. Forward James McFadden and midfielder Stuart Carswell remain on the sidelines along with goalkeeper Lee Hollis, defender Simon Ramsden and midfielder Paul Lawson.
tm4tj Prediction:- If the last few games are anything to go by, we will find it difficult to get amongst the goals, something Motherwell don't normally have a problem with. The likes of Lionel Ainsworth is a difficult opponent to shackle and John Sutton will be a handful for our makeshift defence although Devine slotted in well in the cup final so he should be able to accompany Gary Warren for this one. I'm sitting on the fence again, 1-1, and it might be chilly once more with a hard playing surface to contend with.