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    Inverness CT -V- Dunfermline - Preview


    Every Point is a Prisoner


    Apart from the top three teams, every point gained is crucial in the Championship, especially at the end of the table we find ourselves rooted to. Like us, Dunfermline hit a sticky patch but look to be over the worst and came away from Firhill with all three points on Friday night after nine winless games. We salvaged a draw in stoppage time at Arbroath. No rest for the wicked though, so it's back to action against our fellow strugglers on Tuesday night at 7:45pm. Ferguson has wholesale injuries to contend with for this one. It might be quicker to say who is fit. What could possibly go wrong!


    Match/Ticket Info


    Venue H2H v Pars Pld Won Drn Lst For Agst + / -
    Home 24 10 9 5 31 22 +9
    Away 25 9 11 5 30 27 +3
    Neutral 2 0 1 1 3 4 -1
    Total 51 19 21 11 64 53 +11

    Overall, we have had the beating of Dunfermline over the years since we first crossed swords with them back in August 1999 where our first taste of Championship (Division 1) football ended in a 4-0 defeat at East End Park in front of 4865 fans. You can read the report on that game HERE. Five out of the last ten meetings have ended in draws with two wins apiece.

    Last 10 Competitive Meetings v Pars
    1 - 1
    1 - 1
    2 - 0
    1 - 1
    1 - 2
    0 - 0
    1 - 0
    1 - 1
    1 - 3
    2 - 1

     Our last home win over Dunfermline:  2 - 0 Looking promising...Inverness took a massive step towards a play off place by defeating Dunfermline Athletic for the first time this season. An encouraging but goalless first half where Reece McAlear had hit the post was replaced by a two goal second half with chances at both ends. The deadlock was broken by a man who only scores screamers. Reece McAlear lashed the ball across the keeper and into the top right corner of the goal from a difficult position wide on the inside right area. What a strike that was but it only woke the Pars up from their lethargy and they had three or four great opportunities before substitute Austin Samuels sealed the points after he sprinted on to a through ball from Aaron Doran to slot neatly behind Mehmet in goal. Comfortable thereafter for the remainder of the game and an excellent three points to strengthen our hold on third place with Raith, Arbroath and Partick all dropping points. 

    Last Time Out

    A week after we let slip a two goal advantage over Partick Thistle, we salvaged a point at Gayfield with a 94th minute goal from Cammy Harper after loanee Adam Mackinnon had put Arbroath ahead ten minutes from the end. To be honest, we spurned far too many good opportunities, enough to win three games, but credit to the players for snatching a point at the death. Always a difficult venue, made moreso by a lengthy injury list that saw us without around ten players (Longstaff, Mullen, Ujdur, Boyes, Duffy, MacGregor, Lodovica, Nicolson) and a suspended Max Anderson who will miss the Dunfermline game as well. That left us with a sparse bench of only four outfield players, and not all of them were fully fit. Last five Championship games:  W D

    Dunfermline threw a relegation spanner in the works last Friday a week after they also drew with Arbroath to complete this wee quadrangle of fixtures. However, they landed us all in the kacke by defrauding Partick 3-1 at Firhill where shockingly poor refereeing decisions affected the result in Dunfermline's favour. Brian Graham should have had a hat-trick but officially is only credited with scoring once. Goals from Walcott, Todd and Benjamin turned this game on it's head, much to the chagrin of bottom clubs Arbroath and Inverness. Last five Championship games: 

    Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts
    Full fixture list on Tuesday night
    1. Dundee Utd 24 15 6 3 49 14 51
    2. Raith Rovers 24 15 5 4 44 33 50
    3. Partick Thistle 24 10 8 6 47 40 38
    4. Morton 24 10 6 8 34 28 36
    5. Ayr United 25 8 5 12 34 45 29
    6. Dunfermline 24 7 7 10 28 34 28
    7. Airdrieonians 23 8 4 11 23 29 28
    8. Queens Park 25 7 6 12 32 44 27
    9. Inverness CT 25 6 8 11 30 32 26
    10. Arbroath 24 5 5 14 25 47 20

    Tuesday night 27th Feb all at 7:45pm

    Ayr United v Partick Thistle

    Dundee United v Airdrieonians

    Inverness CT v Dunfermline

    Queen's Park v Arbroath

    Rovers v Morton

    Latest Team News

    Jeremiah Chilokoa-Mullen is out for the season with a stress fracture in his back. We already have long term issues with Longstaff, Lodovica and Nicolson. Added to that list is Ujdur, Boyes, MacGregor, Duffy and now Charlie Gilmour who limped off injured to be substituted after an hour and is out with a knee injury. Alex Samuel managed to play the full game with his hand strapped and also picked up stitches after the tackle from Adam Mackinnon. Nathan Shaw was also a doubt on Saturday but played all 95 minutes as well. The good news is that Max Anderson is not injured. The bad news is that Max Anderson is suspended. Of our injured squad, Wallace Duffy and Alex Samuel look the most likely to make an appearance. Expect a another sparse bench tonight.

    We're injured, aren't we>>>


    The addition of Chris Kane to the Pars squad was a great bit of business for them in the January sales. Here's all of their new additions, all loans: Chris Kane, forward (St Johnstone); Xavier Benjamin, defender (Cardiff City); Malachi Fagan-Walcott, defender (Cardiff City); Brad Holmes, forward (Blackpool).

    Pars team at Partick on Friday night
    Benjamin (Welch-Hayes 80)   Hamilton   Fagan-Walcott
    Todd (Moffat 67)   Otoo   Allan   Edwards
    Holmes (Jakubiak 61)   Kane   McCann
    Subs Not Used: Little; Chalmers, Sutherland, Summers, 



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    After watching Pars against Plastic last Friday I really can't see us getting anything from this game. Having said that, no game is the same and anything can happen. To be honest, on current form, I'd be happy with a point. Hopefully the knocks our lads got at Arbroath will clear up and we can field a team. 

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