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    Inverness CT -V- Partick Thistle - Preview

    Fans patience is running out


    After another massive slump, this time against Morton, we are all but done with the Championship for another season. Partick are next up for us at the Caledonian Stadium on Wednesday night for a 7:45pm kick-off. I don't see many fans saying they are really looking forward to the next game.


    Can we save our season? It has become alarmingly apparent that something is seriously wrong at the club. We can't buy a win at the moment. That's now seven games without a win or four points from a possible twenty-one since December 11th. That's the statistics that gets teams relegated and managers sacked. We seem to be at the crossroads and if something doesn't change soon, then we better get used to being in the Championship for the foreseeable future. On the plus side, there is still plenty games left to get back on track, unfortunately at this moment in time, that looks unlikely to happen. Our body language is a big giveaway and it looks like we have been found out.

    Venue - Head 2 Head Pld Won Drn Lst For Agst + / -
    Home 21 9 5 7 33 30 +3
    Away 20 5 6 9 21 28 -7
    Neutral 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Total 41 14 11 16 54 58 -4
    Last 10 Competitive Meetings with Partick
    0 - 0
    3 - 1
    1 - 3
    1 - 3
    2 - 1
    1 - 2
    1 - 0
    3 - 2
    1 - 1
    0 - 0

    The two games played this season already coincided with some of our better performances. Much has gone wrong since then and I'm not sure we can turn that around overnight.

    Summary from 3-1 win in September: 

    The run goes on - Partick Thistle came North with high hopes of ending Inverness' great start to the campaign in the knowledge that they have been scoring at the rate of three goals per game apart from Arbroath where they suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Red Lichties.

    Billy Dodds had food for thought after the cup win over Buckie last week where Billy Mckay and Lewis Jamieson staked their claims for a start after scoring performances over the Highland League side. They started on the bench as he went with the tried and tested so far this season. Ian McCall had old enemy Brian Graham up front with Zac Rudden on the bench and watch out for defender Tunji Akinola who packs a punch with his feet.

    After a difficult first half, Inverness ran out comfortable winners against Partick Thistle in a second half goal blitz. The visitors dominated the first forty-five and Scott Tiffoney drilled the opener out of nothing as the defence backed off. Manny Duku was denied by a combination of keeper and post but it was Partick that should have scored a second, however Mark Ridgers did well to deny Brian Graham. Harsh talking at the break saw Inverness come out for the second half with the bit between the teeth and Kirk Broadfoot was the unlikely hero as his twenty yard shot evaded the outstretched fingertips of the keeper to level the score. Shane Sutherland did well to drill in the second from an angle after the keeper fluffed his lines allowing Shane to slot in from twenty yards. The third was a peach as Duku stepped over the ball and Aaron Doran fired high into the net for a brilliant goal and game over. That's five wins out of five and the run goes on...

    The reverse fixture at Partick saw us emerge with a thoroughly deserved win at 0-0 :lol:. According to many Partick fans we were the best thing since sliced bread. How wrong were they...

    Caley Jags pay the penalty: Partick Thistle survived to earn a point after the woodwork saved them twice and keeper Jamie Sneddon denied Sean Welsh from the spot after guessing the right way. Inverness were well on top but it's only a point which means Killie pull further away at the top. Performance of the day was from Arbroath who came from two down to beat Dunfermline Athletic 4-2. Despite not getting the win that was easily one of our best performances of recent weeks and I would have taken a point before the game but given how it played out it was definitely 2 points dropped.

    Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts
    1. Arbroath 23 12 8 3 36 16 44
    2. Kilmarnock 23 12 4 7 28 16 40
    3. Inverness CT 24 10 8 6 30 20 38
    4. Raith Rovers 25 9 11 5 34 27 38
    5. Partick Thistle 21 10 6 5 34 19 36
    6. Hamilton Ac. 24 6 8 10 25 38 26
    7. Morton 23 5 9 9 27 33 24
    8. Dunfermline 24 4 11 9 23 38 23
    9. Ayr United 24 5 8 11 21 37 23
    10. Q.O.S. 23 4 7 12 24 38 19

    Wednesday Night Fixtures all 19:45

    Arbroath v Hamilton

      Inverness CT v Partick Thistle

    Kilmarnock v Ayr United


    Last time out we were a complete omnishambles (a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations.) Sounds about right as we plumbed the depths to go down meekly to a less than average Morton side where Lewis Strapp scored the winner. No wins in our last seven games (LLDDDDL) Shocking statistics.

    Particks last game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, the previous game was a 1-0 win over Ayr United giving them (PWWDD) since the turn of the year. The other win was against Airdrie in the Scottish Cup (1-0).

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    We will still be without Allardice, Devine, MacGregor, Doran and possibly Walsh. Having only brought in forwards in the window, it was obvious to all what would happen, except our management team. We are performing like headless chickens at the moment.

    Partick will no doubt have thug player and cheat Brian Graham up front. 

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    I think I will maintain radio, TV and social media silence during the match. On current form (last six games) ICT are bottom of the league. :cry:

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