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Big week starts tonight

 

The race for a play-off place is entering the final laps now with just five games left for the Caley Jags to try and overhaul one of the clubs above us in the table. Off to Greenock on Tuesday night for a 7:00pm start to face Morton who beat us in Inverness last time we met. In reality, the best we can hope for is overhauling one team before the end of the season and take our chances against the rest if we make the play-offs.

Whilst we were on Cup duty last weekend beating the village team from Dingwall, we were looking for Hearts to do us a turn by beating Dunfermline at Tynecastle on the Saturday. They failed to do this in a 0-0 draw and that result has knocked Inverness just out of the coveted top four slots. Fair play from the Pars I suppose who recovered well from the 5-1 hammering they took off Raith Rovers last time out and now sit one point above Inverness.

Our next two games will shape our season and are crucial to our success this campaign. Away to Morton followed by a trip to face Queen of the South at Palmerston. Aye, there are no easy games left, it's then Dundee at home, Hearts away and our final game is a home tie with Ayr United.

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We have dropped five points to Morton this season already. A draw at Cappielow against ten men for over half the game was a low point, especially as we threw away a lead. Worse followed at the Caledonian Stadium when Morton's Aidan Nesbitt scored the only goal as we struggled to make headway and Morton got their first win in ten games. However, since then we are unbeaten in six games, winning the last five including the two cup games. Mark Ridgers made his 150th appearance for the club in the Cup game at Dingwall and he is on a run of three clean Championship  sheets in a row. Another one would not go amiss. 

However, a word of caution. It's all very well owning the bragging rights after the Highland derby, but the big prize this season is promotion, and while that's still achievable it would be criminal to undo the good work of the last few weeks and rest on our laurels, albeit it is rather satisfying.

 

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Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts
1. Hearts 23 14 5 4 50 24 47

 

2. Raith Rovers 22 10 6 6 39 27 36

 

3. Dundee 21 9 6 6 40 37 33
4. Dunfermline 22 8 7 7 30 28 31
5. Inverness CT 22 7 9 6 28 23 30
6. Q.O.S. 22 9 3 10 36 44 30
7. Ayr United 22 6 8 8 28 27 26
8. Morton 22 6 7 9 19 27 25

 

9. Arbroath 23 6 7 10 19 28 25

 

10. Alloa Athletic 23 4 6 13 27 51 18
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Morton were in cup action at the weekend and had to go all the way before edging past East Fife 1-2 after extra time. They were heading out of the cup until Sean McGinty equalised in the 91st minute before substitute Robbie Muirhead settled the tie with eight minutes of extra time left. Kevin Smith had given the Fifers the lead on the hour and made Morton work hard for their place in the fourth round draw, as they did to Inverness early in the season in a league cup encounter.

The Ton were also looking for a wee favour on Saturday when Arbroath hosted Alloa Athletic but the Wasps were unable to help out and went down 2-1. Not a great result for Morton who are now level on points with Arbroath and only hold a one goal advantage over the Smokies. So, for different reasons points at Cappielow will be a prized possession for both clubs as games run out in pursuit of their goals.

 

 

ImageOur cup exploits have earned us an away tie at Paisley in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup on the weekend of 17th/18th April. That means the League game against Dundee has been re-scheduled to Tuesday 20th April @ 7:00pm.

Fabulous goals from Nikolay Todorov, Daniel Mackay and Shane Sutherland were enough to see of County in the cup who opened the scoring through Billy Mckay. 

St Mirren will offer a much sterner test than County's defence and this will be a difficult tie with the winner heading for a tie at Kilmarnock or Montrose. 

Morton's extra time win over the wee Fifers earned them an away tie at Motherwell.

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Scott Allan has played around an hour and a half now over two games and we have yet to see the best of him as his match sharpness returns. Aaron Doran is reputed to be close to a return but Anthony Macdonald will do well to get any game time this season. Almost a full squad, that's as good as it get's this season.

 

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With apologies for the double post but given how derided they have been during the ICT careers I think it's only fair that (Brad) Mckay and Devine get some acknowledgement for their performances at th

..and mine. Another confident performance. Shane giving up his day job and reverting to full time football was a gamble for him and for us but one that is increasingly paying off. In his current form

We were 2nd best for much of that but 4 terrific strikes was the difference.  Credit to Morton though, they kept going to the end and provided a greater threat than last Friday's opponents.   They had

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It was great to beat our rivals in the cup on Friday but this game is far more important.

Vital that we get 3 points this evening to maintain our momentum towards a promotion play off place. Much much more important than a cup run as welcome as that is.

We will probably survive another season in the Championship but would almost certainly be further diminished by it. For as long as a return to the Premiership is a possibility we need to be firmly focused on it and the players need to be every bit as committed this evening as they clearly were on Friday.

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As said above, a big night tonight.

Livestream connected.

All we need now is an away win!

Unchanged team, which will hopefully help with momentum and confidence.

Interesting that Duffy and Keatings have not made the bench? No word of injuries so others preferred?

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Allardice! 1 up.

Indirect free kick. Touch by Allan. Belted in by Allardice.

Controversial decision. The linesman made the call that the goalie picked it up from a pass back. It was played back to the ‘keeper who headed it on the goal line then picked it up.

 

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