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    Morton 4-0 Inverness CT - Report


    Morton Madness


    An injury hit Inverness side went to Cappielow with expectations low and they didn't disappoint.  Muirhead opened the scoring against the run of play in the fifth minute after Ridgers allowed a shot to go through him. A second soon followed after a soft penalty award when Ambrose went to ground in the box. Gillespie scored from the rebounded penalty. Worse was to follow when David Carson inexplicably headed a corner behind Ridgers under no pressure. Blues added a fourth with twenty minutes left despite Inverness dominating the ball. Defeat by a wekened team against the form team on a run is bearable, what is more difficult to grasp is the substitution of your keeper at half-time and the silence that followed it. More to come over the next week or two methinks.


    Much had been made of the injured Caley Jags players as Inverness went down to Greenock to face one of the form teams over the last five games. However had Doddsy pulled a fast one as Wallace Duffy came back into the defence with Austin Samuels managing a seat on the bench after weeks out? Morton had new signing Efe Ambrose in defence and the dangerous Quitongo and Muirhead up front. 

    Wet and blustery was the outlook as Inverness got the game underway with fresh optimism. That would soon disappear in Morton's first attack.

    Disaster for Inverness after a bright opening as Robbie Muirhead looked to have opened the scoring after a blunder from Mark Ridgers allowed the ball to squirm under him. He clawed it back but it appeared to be over the line before Cameron Blues followed up to stab the ball into the net.

    Efe Ambrose went down in the box under a challenge from Max Ram. Colin Steven pointed straight to the spot much to the surprise of everyone including Ambrose. Ridgers blocked the spot kick from Gillespie but he scrambled in from close range when it looked like we were about to clear it.

    Almost a third after some miscommunication and tentative defending from the makeshift defence but we managed to swipe it clear before Muirhead got his shot away although he will maybe wonder why he never headed it in the first instance. 

    Boyd was looking lively but his shooting was wayward as he fired over from a good position. 

    Muirhead found himself running into the box on the inside right area and got his shot away across Ridgers, however the keeper managed to stop this one at full stretch at the second attempt.

    Billy Mckay won a corner when his close range shot was charged down by Ambrose as Inverness looked to reply before the interval.

    It's another shambles at the back as David Carson stooped to head a corner into his own net five minutes before the break. Not sure we deserved to be three down, but every mistake has been punished.

    HALF TIME: 3-0

    Dodds hooked Ridgers at half time. Lets just say he didnt look injured.

    Another bright start to the second half for the visitors and a Billy Mckay snapshot from the edge of the box just cleared the bar.

    Around the hour a great turn and run by Boyd ended with his shooting letting him down again as the ball cleared the bar once more. Billy Mckay found the side netting after being slid through by Nathan Shaw as Inverness dominated the second half. However it was the hosts that extended their lead.

    Cameron Blues ran onto a ball forward and slotted it behind the keeper for number four.

    Boyd was at least trying and he managed to get one on target but Schwake saved low down. Shaw had done well when he came on and whistled a powerful shot just wide in the dying moments.

    FULL TIME: 4-0

    ImageA not unexpected defeat although the margin of it was disappointing. Our lack of a cutting edge was obvious. We could have played for a fortnight and not scored, that's a worry.

    Morton got the early breaks with the goals and were solid defensively and thoroughly deserved the points. We need to lick our wounds and regroup.



    Lowlights from Ton TV :hiding02:


    Dodds when asked about the Mark Ridgers substitution on BBC Sport snapped back "that will remain private" :moon02:

    That's no a happy face Billy...



    From BBC Sport

    Morton manager Dougie Imrie: "I'm delighted. We want to make Cappielow a fortress. I'm so proud of my boys and everything they've given, so hopefully we keep that going."

    Inverness manager Billy Dodds: "We were well beaten. If you defend the way we did and you don't take chances when you put the ball in the box you're not going to win any games."

    Good overview from Doofers Dad on CTO: The combination of defensive errors was a bit freakish, but missing Deas and Devine we can expect to be vulnerable at the back, especially with Allardice missing as well.  If we are vulnerable at the back, we have to be more incisive and clinical up top, and that is where we struggle at the moment.  We have only scored 4 goals in our last 6 games.  We huffed and puffed tonight with good possession but very rarely threatened.  Often when it looked like we might threaten, we turned back and played a safe ball which only served to allow Morton's defence to get back in position.  And when we did shoot, our shooting was woeful with only 2 shots on target and their keeper never seriously tested.  You don't win games by keeping possession, you win them by scoring goals.  

    Yngwie waited a day before making this observation: The morning after the night before. I had fully expected us to lose, with such a depleted squad and makeshift team, against a form side. The scale of the defeat was really down to uncharacteristic individual errors, mainly at the back, but not helped by some poor finishing too.
    However, the thing that troubles me is the now very public rift between Dodds and Ridgers. We know from recent experience that an unhappy dressing room doesn’t win matches, and it can take a long time to heal. Concerning.


    Date:  28/10/2022  Venue: Cappielow Park, Greenock Attendance: 1516 Referee: Colin Steven
    Morton: 4

    • Manager: Dougie Imrie
    • Lineup:  Schwake; Grimshaw, Ambrose, Baird, Strapp, Blues, Crawford, Gillespie (Pignatiello 85),
    • McGrattan (King 82), Quitongo (Kabia 56), Muirhead
    • Subs (not used):  Hynes, McGregor
    • Scorers: Muirhead (6), Gillespie (12 pen), Carson (og 41), Blues (72)
    • Booked: Blues (37),  McGrattan (65)
    • Sent Off: none

    Inverness CT: 0

    • Manager: Billy Dodds
    • Lineup:  Ridgers (C Mackay 45); Carson, Duffy, Ram, Delaney, Boyd, Welsh (Hyde 80),
    • Harper, Doran (Shaw 66), Oakley, B Mckay
    • Subs (not used):  Callum Mackay, Strachan, Samuels
    • Scorers: none
    • Booked: Delaney (58)
    • Sent Off: none


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