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Out of our hands

 

After the disappointing draw with Dundee in midweek, our destiny is in the hands of others. All we can do is gather points and hope that others can lend a helping hand by taking points of Dunfermline and Dundee as we visit Tynecastle to take on Champions Hearts. All games kick-off at 3:00pm on Saturday, it's a massive day of football in the Championship.

We remained unbeaten on league business against Dundee on Tuesday night but it wasn't the result we were looking for. A 1-1 draw takes hands the control to Dunfermline who can now only throw away their play-off place. It all kicked off in the second half against McPake's illustrious squad. Unfortunately two red cards for Scott Allardice and Brad Mckay swung the game heavily in favour of the Dee. Incredibly we took the lead with six minutes to go when Dan Mackay brilliantly scored his eighth goal of the campaign. Alas, two minutes later Lee Ashcroft made the most of our missing players as he headed almost unchallenged into the net following a corner from Charlie Adams. That's how it ended, us with nine men and a point apiece. 

OFFICIAL PREVIEW

STREAMING INFO

RED CARDS

The table looks like this ahead of Saturday's fixtures with Inverness one point below a play-off place. It has to be said that the Pars have the more comfortable conclusion to their season, but Arbroath could spring a surprise. Should Dundee also fail to win their remaining games, they could also be caught. 

Remaining fixtures for 3rd & 4th play-off place.

Hearts v Inverness CT ---- Dunfermline v Arbroath ---- Dundee v Raith Rovers

Inverness CT v Ayr United ---- Alloa v Dunfermline ---- Queen of the South v Dundee

    Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Hearts 25 15 6 4 56 24 32 51
2. Raith Rovers 25 12 7 6 44 30 14 43
3. Dundee 25 10 9 6 45 39 6 39
4. Dunfermline 25 9 9 7 34 30 4 36
5. Inverness CT 25 8 11 6 34 26 8 35
6. Queen of the South 25 9 4 12 38 49 -11 31
7. Arbroath 25 7 8 10 25 30 -5 29
8. Ayr United 25 6 9 10 29 35 -6 27
9. Morton 25 6 9 10 21 32 -11 27
10. Alloa Athletic 25 4 6 15 28 59 -31 18
Last 10 Competitive Meetings with Hearts. Peer through your fingers only...:doh:
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1 - 1
(H)
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1 - 2
(A)
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0 - 1
(A)
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0 - 3
(N)
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0 - 5
(A)
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1 - 1
(A)
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3 - 3
(H)
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1 - 5
(A)
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0 - 0
(H)
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0 - 2
(A)
Venue (all competitions) Pld Won Drn Lst For Agst + / -
Home 18 4 10 4 16 17 -1
Away 21 5 4 12 23 37 -14
Neutral 3 0 2 1 3 6 -3
Total 42 9 16 17 42 60 -18

As expected, Hearts have cruised to the title. Despite this, many Jambos are still bemoaning the fact that Robbie Neilson is in charge. Some folk are just never happy :shrug:Their last outing was a 0-0 draw at Cappielow where we won easily recently. Prior to that they thumped relegated Alloa 6-0. Our problem is we don't know which Hearts will turn up on the day they get their Championship trophy, maybe they will be demob happy.

Neil talking ahead of the trip to Tynecastle

 

***Latest Team News***

Neil McCann is appealing the two red cards received in the Dundee game. The problem with this is we won't know the outcome until the night before the game which is unsettling for his squad preparation for what is now the biggest game of the season. So, we could well be without Brad Mckay and Scott Allardice. Cammy Harper will come in at left back with maybe James Vincent in the holding midfield role. 

***NEWS JUST IN: SCOTT ALLARDICE is free to play but Brad Mckay will serve his ban after a meeting of the disciplinary committee in Glasgow today.

Robbie Neilson has plenty talent to choose from. Jamie Walker was not involved at Cappielow and Raith bound Cristophe Berra was also missing. Young defender Harry Cochrane has not signed a new contract and it's unlikely that any of them will feature against Inverness. Neilson has twelve players out of contract this summer.

 

 

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Well this time 6 weeks ago (or so) we were worried about relegation. There’s a good team spirit there. On reflection we’ve now had three of the youth academy embedded into the team, gained Allardice (

And thanks to everyone involved with our Inverness Caledonian Thistle for keeping it a reasonably exciting time under the circumstances ! ❤️⚽

The successful appeal for Allardice just shows how poor the standard of refereeing is in the Championship. It's not as if the referee was unsighted, he was right there but still got it horribly wrong

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The successful appeal for Allardice just shows how poor the standard of refereeing is in the Championship. It's not as if the referee was unsighted, he was right there but still got it horribly wrong and, arguably cost us a win. 

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This game means relatively little to Hearts but everything to us. If we are going to retain any hope of the last play off place we need to come away with all three points.

The attitude needs to be that of a team playing the final game of the season away from home knowing that only victory will give them a chance of avoiding relegation.

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9 minutes ago, Kingsmills said:

The attitude needs to be that of a team playing the final game of the season away from home knowing that only victory will give them a chance of avoiding relegation.

The attitude needs to be that a team knowing that I'm paying £18.50 to watch them on the telly  :lol:

At that price, I'm expecting Lineker, Shearer and Jenas round for the post-match analysis.  Anyone know how they take their tea?

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Win or bust. No choice but go all out guns blazing shoot on sight football. 

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A must win game again. Good to have Allardice. Presumably Deas will move back to centre half with Devine and Harper will come in.

I didn’t pay Hearts £18.50 last time, the only away stream I have opted out of, but I’m not missing this one! As Snorbens has said, I hope the players repay us by getting three points.

Dunfermline have been inconsistent so hopefully we can still pull this off, but the odds are against us. As the preview makes clear, our recent record against Hearts is poor, but we prefer being underdogs, so who knows! Anything could happen.

Come on the Caley Jags!!

 

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I've a feeling even Naelifts will stump up for this one. Or more likely invite all the neighbours round and have a collection.

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Our attitude should not be in question. Our guys  are fighting for new contracts and more money if they can get to the next level. On our day we can beat any team in this league so it depends on how much our players want it. Here's hoping for 3 points and favourable results elsewhere. 

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2 minutes ago, WYNESS101 said:

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I'll take that starting 11 now COME ON THE CALEY ! Here's wishing you all the best boys.

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For me, a good outcome today is simply for us to go into the final game of the season with a chance of making the playoffs, even as outsiders.

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1 hour ago, roarer said:

I'm not going to say a rub of the pink! 

In our home kit today....

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1 behind.

Mackay Steven shot from outside the box but we let him go a long way before shooting.

It came after we’d made a decent start with attempts by Allardice and Allan, the latter possibly touching the bar.

All to do now!

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2 down! Deflection gave Ridgers no chance  

Now we need a miracle!

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