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Rescheduled Alloa game 7:00pm Tuesday night 

 

Weather & Covid permitting...

The original preview has been resurrected and irrelevant parts have been greyed out.

The section regarding manager John Roberton has been left in as it has been revealed today that he has been granted compassionate leave due to a family bereavement. The club are looking to appoint an interim manager whilst Robbo is away.

All at CTO send sincere condolences to John and family and hope everyone gets the support they need.

Inverness are due to play Alloa Athletic this weekend, covid and weather permitting. The game is scheduled to kick-off at 3:00pm on Saturday 23rd January. Should it go ahead that will be our first game since 29th December when Dunfermline Athletic came North. There is of course no guarantee's these days with Scotland in lockdown and snow threatening to disrupt sporting events across the country.

The aforementioned Dunfermline game ended all square at one apiece. Kerr McInroy rifled the Pars ahead before a second half spectacular twenty-five yarder from Miles Storey earned Inverness a point. Our previous game to that one was an away defeat to the very team we face on Saturday. It ended 2-1 for Alloa despite Inverness taking an early lead through Brad McKay. Unable to build on that, the Wasps sussed us out and once Innes Murray scored with a superb free kick there would only be one winner. The winning goal was gift wrapped by Mark Ridgers. It was an early Christmas present for Robbie Thomson, when from his volley a routine save turned into a blooper when the ball squirmed from his grasp and into the net. Since then we have lost the services of young Kai Kennedy after his loan deal expired. He has since joined Raith Rovers. On top of that Aaron Doran was rendered unavailable after suffering concussion against Dunfermline. However, our inactivity might see Doran declared fit to face Alloa.

It's one month since the original fixture was called off. Since then we have played four times, drawing with Morton and Arbroath, disappointingly losing at home to Queen of the South but bouncing back at the weekend to defeat Ayr United 2-0 at Somerset Park. Daniel Mackay and Shane Sutherland with the goals in each half. Importantly David Carson played from the start and put in a MotM performance.

The Wasps have been pumped by Raith Rovers (2-5), Dundee (3-1) and Hearts (1-3)since our last meeting. They picked up their only point with a 1-1 draw at home to Morton. Defeat against Hearts had a price tag, Lucas Williamson was red carded late in the game and will miss the game against us. Fast forward one month for the Wasps and they suffered a 4-1 thrashing at Ayr followed by an excellent 2-1 home win over Queen of the South. A home draw with Arbroath led to Saturdays narrow loss at East End Park where word on the street has it that they deserved something from that game. Alloa now find themselves five points adrift at the foot of the table. No room for complacency at Inverness though as we are one of the teams 5 points above Alloa.

***Latest Team News***

David Carson has returned to action and played a big part in the win at Ayr. Danny Devine has been out recently but he also played at Ayr. We are still without Lewis Toshney and Kevin McHattie on long term sickness benefits and they have been joined by Aaron Doran and loan signing Anthony McDonald. James Vincent was missing at Ayr as well. All three picked up injuries in training with Doran and McDonald possibly out for longer term.

Peter Grant had this team out against Dunfermline with dangerman Kevin Cawley on target.

Team: Parry; Robertson (Thomson 91), Graham, Taggart, Dick, Hetherington Williamson (Brown 90), Scougall, Trouten, Cawley, Cameron

Subs: Buchanan, Jamieson, Connelly, Murray, Wright

So there you have it, we are up to date now.

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LIVE STREAMING £10

Club Statement re- John Robertson & Scott Kellacher

Alloa Kick-off 7:00pm

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Manager John Robertson opened up about his own struggles throughout the pandemic and gave everyone food for thought. If someone as effervescent as Robbo is plumbing the depths then we all need to be careful and look out for each other. There has been plenty of reaction to Robbo's thoughts and everyone here at CTO wishes him all the best in what he describes himself as "the hardest year to manage...

Things have been so tough during the pandemic that the Caley Thistle boss has even considered walking away from football :ohmy:

Taken from a press interview, Robbo said: “It’s been the hardest year to manage: “I’m sure other managers would say the same. My concern is my players’ health and wellbeing. It’s been difficult. “As a manager, you deal with a lot — fallouts with their partners, financial problems, their cars breaking down. A million and one things. “Add all that together and throw in a pandemic that is claiming lives and it’s very difficult. “We’ve had players here who haven’t seen their families for ten months. “I haven’t seen my own children for ten months, or my granddaughter, who was born in November. “We all accept that and get on with it, but it has been very difficult. “I’ve been very down at times. I’ve struggled with my mental health because I’ve had all these added pressures to deal with. “As a manager, I do my best to try and help my players, but who helps me? “I’ve got to go home and chat to my wife about it, but who manages the managers? “I’m lucky I’ve a great relationship with the board and the chief executive and we have chats. “But there have been half a dozen times since March where I’ve felt really low. “Sometimes I have questioned whether I want to keep going because it’s just been so hard seeing what’s happening in the world at the moment. “It doesn’t last very long, you go again. “But I’d be a liar to say it has not affected me.”

Championship fixtures this weekend ------------------ League table as at 20th January.

table 11a.jpgArbroath 1-1 Dundee (Friday)

Dunfermline v Ayr United

Hearts v Raith Rovers

ICT FC v Alloa Athletic

Queen of the South v Morton

 

***Latest Team News***

With our winter holidays since 29th December, I expect to see duracell bunny David Carson getting close to some game time and the same should apply to defender Wallace Duffy. Aaron Doran could be good to go after his enforced down time through concussion. Kevin McHattie and Lewis Toshney will need more time off to fully recover. Robbo has hinted that there are a couple of guys struggling to make this one: "“We’ve got a couple of niggles, the boys have been training very hard. We’ve got a couple of players that we’ll look at on Friday, they may make it but we may not take the chance with the amount of games coming up.”

Peter Grant will be without the suspended Lucas Williamson. Kevin Cawley Alan Trouten and Liam Buchanan all offer a goal threat and Innes Murray showed what he can do with a dead ball. Neil Parry was the top shot stopper last season and is a difficult man to get the better of.

All in, a tough game on our hands against a team that know how to beat us; hosts beware!

 


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3 minutes ago, Satan said:

Undersoil heating!?

Knew it was going to be cold..

Frustrating.

Because we can’t afford to turn it on, and as we aren’t required to, why would we?

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5 minutes ago, Satan said:

Undersoil heating!?

Knew it was going to be cold..

Frustrating.

It is but no way can the club afford to switch it on. Not a requirement in this league either.

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The postponement is frustrating but not a big surprise. It is disappointing there was no mention of an inspection anywhere that I could see.

We have a big backlog of games which will make it harder to get into a play off place, so we need to build momentum and put a winning run together, starting at Morton on Wednesday, or we risk the rest of the season becoming meaningless. 

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2 hours ago, Robert said:

The postponement is frustrating but not a big surprise. It is disappointing there was no mention of an inspection anywhere that I could see.

We have a big backlog of games which will make it harder to get into a play off place, so we need to build momentum and put a winning run together, starting at Morton on Wednesday, or we risk the rest of the season becoming meaningless. 

Entirely agree. Three points on Wednesday is vital now to get our season back on track.

Playing two games a week for much of the rest of the season will stretch our small squad but it could also work to our advantage, as far as continuity is concerned, if we can build up a head of steam.

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This is due to one small area of the pitch being frozen.

Would probably have been better to simply say that the the pitch was frozen.

Otherwise devious minds like mine start wondering if it was covered properly.

Would also be worth taking note of where the "small area" is, to see if it freezes more than the rest of the pitch, and so requires additional protection.

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5 hours ago, HawkeyeTheGnu said:

Because we can’t afford to turn it on, and as we aren’t required to, why would we?

Not required no, but we are required to have 'effective protection' for the pitch...I guess the old bits of tarp are nae good. 🤔

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3 hours ago, Kingsmills said:

Entirely agree. Three points on Wednesday is vital now to get our season back on track.

Playing two games a week for much of the rest of the season will stretch our small squad but it could also work to our advantage, as far as continuity is concerned, if we can build up a head of steam.

We haven't even got our full squad back after lockdown, dread to think what the upcoming run of games will do to our more delicate team members.

Throw in a few more(hopeful) cup games and let's not rule out more postponements - after all it's not even February yet.

Going to need everyone who can pull a pair of boots on...

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11 minutes ago, Satan said:

Throw in a few more(hopeful) cup games

Are the League 1 and below teams allowed to train at the moment?

If not, they are going to need at least a couple of weeks - maybe more - to be ready to play after permission to restart is given.

Could cause a lot of problems in trying to complete the Cup in addition to the leagues.

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Raith Rovers currently leading 0-3 at Tyncastle.

Evidence that Hearts winning the league is not inevitable.

We need to start winning regularly to close the gap in the promotion race.

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30 minutes ago, Robert said:

What’s your best position Satan?

Looks like we will drop to eighth 

Left back...☺

Might see some summer football this year the way things are going.

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It is my understanding that the under soil heating system is no longer operational since the new drainage was installed to overcome the waterlogging issues caused by the existence of the system.

However perhaps the use of a warm air blower under a cover overnight could have solved the problem of a small area being deemed unplayable!

 

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1 hour ago, ictewd said:

It is my understanding that the under soil heating system is no longer operational since the new drainage was installed to overcome the waterlogging issues caused by the existence of the system.

However perhaps the use of a warm air blower under a cover overnight could have solved the problem of a small area being deemed unplayable!

 

Should have put Douglas Ross under the covers he is always full of hot air :wink:

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Undersoil heating not required in any league in Scotland

"Clubs shall have an adequate irrigation and drainage system in place."

Under relaxation of rules 2018,... there is a substantial document on ground regulations available.

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1 hour ago, IBM said:

Should have put Douglas Ross under the covers he is always full of hot air :wink:

😂😂 Nice one. Might make up for him being a useless assistant referee too.

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