Scottish Premiership
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Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3-3 Heart of Midlothian

David Raven scores for Inverness CT
David Raven's rasping volley opened the scoring for Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Inverness CT and Hearts contested a thrilling 3-3 draw in the highlands.

David Raven, an early replacement for Carl Tremarco, volleyed in a terrific opener, before Lonsana Doumbouya clipped home Caley Thistle's second.

Hearts' Bjorn Johnsen netted before half-time, before a speculative Faycal Rherras cross was allowed to bounce into the home net untouched to level.

Aaron Doran fired Inverness ahead again, but the visitors equalised once more through Arnaud Djoum.

Caley Thistle remain in sixth place, with Hearts overtaking Aberdeen in third.

Simply thrilling

This was a truly brilliant, end-to-end game of football.

Inverness manager Richie Foran pointed to the strength of his squad pre-match and was forced to make unexpected changes.

Cammy Mackay replaced Owain Fon Williams in goal, who was listed to start, and Foran soon had to replace Tremarco with Raven, who slotted in at left back.

The change produced an unexpected benefit when Raven superbly volleyed home after a fantastic nod down from Ross Draper.

Doumbouya had already directed a header onto the top of the crossbar before he extended the lead with a fine finish after Liam Polworth centred.

Credit to Hearts though who took advantage of poor defending through Johnsen who finished brilliantly.

They pushed on from that although the equaliser was laced with fortune.

Rherras hoisted in a cross which evaded everyone, with goalkeeper MacKay unable to divert the bouncing ball wide.

Inverness might have crumbled with Hearts looking strong at that stage but Doran showed his value to nip possession from Don Cowie and neatly finish to put the home side ahead once more.

Hearts piled forward in response and the introduction of Tony Watt sparked a number of chances.

One counted when he teed-up Djoum to hit a sweet low shot across MacKay into the corner.

Faycal Rherras scores for Hearts
Faycal Rherras' cross bounced beyond the helpess Cammy MacKay to bring Hearts level at 2-2

Case for defence v attacking desire

It's hard to be critical of either side after such a thrilling contest but better defending from either might have secured three points.

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson dropped Watt and Connor Sammon in favour of Johnsen and Jamie Walker to address a lack of punch up-front.

It was slackness at the back that cost them the win.

Raven was allowed too much space for the opener, Doumbouya even more so for the second and Cowie ought to have dealt with it before Doran pounced for Inverness' third.

Offensively, Hearts were increasingly effective and that will encourage Neilson.

For the second game running, though, Hearts had the possibility to finish the day in second place. Once again, it was an opportunity they failed to take.

The home side had to be resolute at the back as the game wore on and did well to hold out at times.

But when comfortable at 2-0 the defence seemed to switch off, allowing Johnsen to get Hearts back into it - perhaps Josh Meekings slipped, allowing the striker space. Either way, had they held firm for longer it may have been a more comfortable route to victory.

Hearts' second was unfortunate with MacKay caught between a rock and a hard place as the ball came in.

The hosts did hold firm with Hearts pushing on for long periods in the second half before Djoum netted.

In the end, both sides merited something given their intent to go forward and deserve enormous credit for delivering a fabulously entertaining 90 minutes.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 31Mackay
  • 22McKayBooked at 85mins
  • 5Warren
  • 6MeekingsBooked at 79mins
  • 3TremarcoSubstituted forRavenat 10'minutes
  • 16Tansey
  • 7Polworth
  • 8Draper
  • 11VigursBooked at 86minsSubstituted forHornerat 90'minutes
  • 10Doran CoganSubstituted forMulraneyat 82'minutes
  • 26Doumbouya

Substitutes

  • 2Raven
  • 15Mulraney
  • 17Horner
  • 19Boden
  • 21Sutherland
  • 42Hoban

Hearts

  • 1Hamilton
  • 2Paterson
  • 4Rossi
  • 14Souttar
  • 3RherrasBooked at 50minsSubstituted forOzturkat 60'minutes
  • 15Cowie
  • 6KitchenBooked at 90mins
  • 10Sutchuin-Djoum
  • 23MuirheadSubstituted forWattat 54'minutes
  • 7Walker
  • 20JohnsenSubstituted forSammonat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Ozturk
  • 8Buaben
  • 13Noring
  • 17Oshaniwa
  • 18Sammon
  • 19Nowak
  • 32Watt
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
3,565

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away10
Fouls
Home17
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 3, Heart of Midlothian 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inverness CT 3, Heart of Midlothian 3.

Foul by Lewis Horner (Inverness CT).

Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Lewis Horner replaces Iain Vigurs because of an injury.

Jake Mulraney (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Igor Rossi (Heart of Midlothian).

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by David Raven.

Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

(Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lonsana Doumbouya (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by John Souttar (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt saved. Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT).

Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Brad McKay (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Brad McKay (Inverness CT).

Tony Watt (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Lonsana Doumbouya (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Souttar (Heart of Midlothian).

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Lonsana Doumbouya.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Gary Warren.

Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Jake Mulraney replaces Aaron Doran.

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt saved. Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Josh Meekings (Inverness CT).

Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jack Hamilton.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Conor Sammon replaces Bjorn Johnsen.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 3, Heart of Midlothian 3. Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie Walker.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic109103182328
2Rangers115421512319
3Hearts115331912718
4Aberdeen115331710718
5St Johnstone125341513218
6Inverness CT123541921-214
7Partick Thistle113441415-113
8Kilmarnock123451223-1113
9Motherwell113351518-312
10Hamilton112541216-411
11Ross County12246922-1310
12Dundee122371018-89
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