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    Inverness CT -V- Airdrieonians - Preview




    Promoted Airdrie are sitting in fifth place in the table, just below the play-off places with former Caley Jag Nikolay Todorov getting amongst the goals and he will provide a big test for our central defence. We have found Airdrie a difficult proposition at times this season but we did win the last home encounter against them. Our off-field problems are out in the open now after a meeting with fans on Wednesday evening. See the responses below from the CTO forum page 16 onwards. Suffice to say it is worth a lot of money and it does have a massive part to play in the future of our club.


    Match/Ticket Info

    Battery Farm - CTO Topic

    Chairmans Response after meeting


    Venue Pld Won Drn Lst For Agst + / -
    Home 9 5 0 4 14 12 +2
    Away 8 2 2 4 9 17 -8
    Neutral 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Total 17 7 2 8 23 29 -6

    Only this season's games are relevant as prior to the 2-3 defeat in the League Cup group stages, our previous game against Airdrie was in 2002 when a Martin Bavidge strike was the only goal of the game. Not only that, it keeps our record thrashing of 0 - 6 out of sight as though it never happened. (just for the record, Owen Coyle scored a hat-trick, Neil McFarlane planted a header behind Nicky Walker, Lee Gardiner drove in from the edge of the box and Paul Armstrong ended the rout five minutes before the end. Gubbed!)

    This season's Competitive Meetings
    0 - 2
    1 - 0
    1 - 2
    2 - 3

    Not much success for us this season against the Diamonds although we did win the last home game against them thanks to a superb finish from the long gone Spoony: FULL TIME: 1 - 0The fabulous execution of his goal was a great introduction for David Wotherspoon but for me the Man of the Match and new version of Bobby Mann was Nikola Ujdur. The Aussie defender is solid, strolled through the game unflustered and can pick a pass. Good graft in midfield but Sheridan and Big Harry need some work done. Shaw picked up a booking at the end when Big Dunc sent him back onto the pitch to get treatment.

    Last Time Out

    Inverness extended their unbeaten run to four games (3xD & 1xW) with an excellent result at Cappielow that ended Morton's 14 game Championship undefeated run. Clinical strikes from Billy Mckay, his 110th goal for the club, and a first from Sean McAllister (video below) ensured we grabbed all three points in a crucial game at the bottom end of the table given Arbroath's unexpected win over Raith Rovers the night before. Last Five: D D

    Airdrieonians played twice this week. A 1-1 draw last Saturday at home to Queens Park was followed in midweek by a stunning 2-0 win at East End Park. Mason Hancock scored the leveler against QP with two former Dunfermline players Nikolay Todorov and Gabby McGill (video below) sinking their old team.

    Manager Rhys McCabe said on BBC Sport:  "We knew coming here it was about playing the percentages really well, doing the basics really well. We never really felt in danger towards the latter stages of the game." Last Five: 


    Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts
    Only four games this weekend as Morton are on Scottish Cup duty
    1. Dundee Utd 27 16 7 4 51 17 55
    2. Raith Rovers 26 15 6 5 46 36 51
    3. Partick Thistle 26 10 9 7 51 45 39
    4. Morton 27 10 7 10 34 31 37
    5. Airdrieonians 26 10 5 11 28 30 35
    6. Dunfermline 27 8 8 11 30 36 32
    7. Ayr United 27 9 5 13 38 50 32
    8. Queens Park 27 8 7 12 39 45 31
    9. Inverness CT 27 7 9 11 32 32 30
    10. Arbroath 26 6 5 15 28 55 23

            SATURDAY 9TH MARCH

    1. Dundee Utd v Arbroath fc  
    2.  Inverness CT v Airdrieonians
    3.  Queen's Park v Partick Thistle
    4. Raith Rovers v Dunfermline

    Latest Team News

    Inverness beat the injury woes last weekend to take all three points at Morton. New loan signing Samson Lawal from Livingston remained on the bench.  We have a number of long term casualties in Charlie Gilmour, Luis Longstaff, Chilokoa-Mullen, Harry Lodovica and Lewis Nicolson. Roddy MacGregor, Nathan Shaw and Morgan Boyes were shorter term injuries. Austin Samuels has yet to be unleashed after his return to the bench and the similarly named Alex Samuel has been through the wars but has continued to feature despite a broken hand and numerous stitches about his body. He's a warrior. A number of players have also been carrying injuries so we will have to wait and see what Big Dunc is saying.

    Dunc's Update: Sean McAllister out for at least a couple of weeks (thigh). Boyes and Ujdur might make the bench. Dunc's loon (Cameron) might be a signing option👁️. And surprise surprise, even our trialists are picking up knocks aren't they!


    Airdrie had a good week picking up four points. Calum Gallagher and Nikolay Todorov are their top scorers this season so far with seven goals each. Despite that, they are the lowest scoring side in the Championship with only 28 goals, four less than Inverness. Defences are similar with Airdrie two goals better off although they have played one game less than us.

    Airdrie team v Pars:
    Megwa   Watson   Fordyce   Hancock
    Telfer   Frizzell   McStravick (McMaster 72)
    McGill (Donnell 66)   Todorov (Gallagher 72)
    Subs Not Used: Hutton; Lyall, Dunlop, O'Connor, Taylor-Sinclair



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