Caley Thistle ended their run of defeats with a 2-1 victory over Gretna but it was heavy going. Wyness, Imrie, Paatelainen and Wilson all had numerous chances before Caley Thistle scored in the 71st minute and when the goals came, they weren't strikers' goal but scored by midfielder Roy McBain who got the first and fellow midfielder Don Cowie two minutes later.
In 80 minutes, Gretna - who were actually playing without a recognised striker - scored their first ever goal against the mediocre Caley Jags but ICT managed to hang on for the final 10 minutes to grab a valuable win.
|05/04/08||Fir Park, Motherwell|
|GRETNA||1 Barr (80)|
Team: Fleming, Barr, Griffiths, Meynell, McGill, Osman, Murray (Wilkinson 78), Skelton, Deverdics (Hogg 78), Kissock, Naughton
SUBS: Fisher, Taylor, Sharples, Robinson, Schultz-Eklund
|INVERNESS CALEDONIAN THISTLE||2 McBain (71), Cowie (73)|
Team: Fraser, Tokely, McGuire, Proctor, Hastings, Wilson, McBain, Cowie, Paatelainen (Hart 82), Imrie, Wyness (McAllister 82)
SUBS: Vigurs, Gillespie, Duff, Kerr, Malkowski
Just back from a riveting performance, where a lot of the game consisted of Mikey punting the ball up the field to Imrie, where it would generally be won by Gretna. For the five minutes surrounding the two goals we looked like a team with a bit of fight and confidence again, and then it all just drained away again. Why?? Having said that, there were plenty of chances, but these were epitomised by a lovely cross along the goalmouth behind the keeper which Patti and AN Other (can't remember who) somehow magically failed to convert even though the ball was about a foot from the line and no Gretna players were close. Best players on the field were Kissock and Naughton from Gretna. Patti should have been subbed at half time for Hart, just seemed too lightweight today. Most depressing three points I've ever seen. Bayne, Duncan and Munro were all in the stands with us, so I hoped they enjoyed the show...
Although this fixture was a meaningless joke, it's still nice to see us win at last.
We made hard work of though. Brewster went back to 4-4-2, with Wyness and Imrie up front, Wilson on the right and Markus on the left. Strange then that we spent most of the game punting high balls up to our wee strikers.
There was a general lack of confidence and composure throughout the team - most of the players seemed to panic and hoof as soon as they received the ball instead of looking around for a simple pass. In spite of this, we managed to carve out a fair few chances, especially in the first half when Dennis could've had a hat-trick. Gretna came into the game more in the second half, with our defence looking as shaky as ever. McBain and Cowie deserved their goals, they worked well together in the middle of the park and were probably our best players today.