Scottish Premiership
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Dundee 0-2 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Inverness gave their Premiership survival hopes a huge boost with a deserved victory away at Dundee.

Knowing defeat would consign them to Championship football next season, the visitors to Dens Park made the perfect start when Billy Mckay fired them in front after just two minutes.

Alex Fisher's superb goal put them 2-0 ahead and Richie Foran's side were rarely threatened thereafter.

The win moves Caley Thistle within a point of 11th-placed Hamilton.

Genuine hope

Inverness CT simply had to win and just one more might be enough, for now. They've given themselves hope and did so on the back of a blistering start.

McKay came so close to an opener inside 60 seconds when he charged down Scott Bain's clearance, with the ball sailing inches wide.

It was a warning Dundee didn't heed. McKay gathered again shortly after around the penalty spot and fired home with a clinical finish after poor defending.

Then Iain Vigurs sent a ball in towards Fisher, he controlled it and produced a fabulous volleyed finish to double the lead.

And the visitors might have had more. Fisher nodded just wide and Greg Tansey chose the wrong option when he could have played Liam Polworth in on goal.

Alex Fisher
Alex Fisher volleys home to put Inverness 2-0 up

Brad Mckay tested Bain from a corner as time ticked on, but his strike was straight at the keeper.

Reassuringly though for Caley Thistle fans, their side looked composed on the ball and very much in control despite their predicament at the bottom of the table.

Foran's side also earned a rare clean sheet which will add to their encouragement. They were excellent at the back in every element.

It makes you wonder why they have not produced this level of performance more often this season, but this display came in the nick of time.

If they deliver this sort of quality once again on Saturday against Motherwell, an escape might just be possible.

McCann's unbeaten run ends

This was the first taste of defeat for interim Dundee manager Neil McCann. The one piece of solace will lie in the fact they were already assured of their Premiership place.

Dundee were all over the place in those opening stages. Defence is an area McCann has highlighted all along and he's been largely happy with that since his arrival, but not here.

His side did respond initially with a multitude of corners, and Darren O'Dea nodded over when he should have hit the target.

Ryan Esson denied Marcus Haber with a fabulous block after Nick Ross intelligently played his team-mate in on goal. It proved their best chance.

Bottom six of the Scottish Premiership

It was a disappointing home display off the back of an impressive run since McCann took over.

They did have spells of pressure but simply could not seriously trouble the Inverness back line.

A disappointing night but McCann had already delivered the main prize - a Premiership place for next season.

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 1Bain
  • 30Kerr
  • 55GomisSubstituted forHigginsat 45'minutes
  • 6O'Dea
  • 3Holt
  • 4Vincent
  • 17Ross
  • 14O'Hara
  • 18McGowan
  • 20El BakhtaouiSubstituted forWightonat 72'minutes
  • 21HaberSubstituted forOjamaaat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Williams
  • 22Ojamaa
  • 25Dryden
  • 33Wighton
  • 45Higgins
  • 48Ferie
  • 54Smith

Inverness CT

  • 1Esson
  • 2Raven
  • 5Warren
  • 21Laing
  • 22McKay
  • 8Draper
  • 16Tansey
  • 7Polworth
  • 11VigursBooked at 65minsSubstituted forMcCartat 89'minutes
  • 18FisherSubstituted forMcNaughtonat 85'minutes
  • 13MckaySubstituted forAnierat 66'minutesBooked at 81mins

Substitutes

  • 4McNaughton
  • 9Ebbe
  • 12McCart
  • 15Mulraney
  • 23Anier
  • 29Cole
  • 42Hoban
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
5,574

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee 0, Inverness CT 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee 0, Inverness CT 2.

Foul by Paul McGowan (Dundee).

Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Paul McGowan (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

Foul by Craig Wighton (Dundee).

Brad McKay (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Henrik Ojamaa (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Louis Laing.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Jamie McCart replaces Iain Vigurs.

Attempt blocked. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Mark O'Hara (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Gary Warren.

James Vincent (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Kevin McNaughton replaces Alex Fisher.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Gary Warren.

Craig Wighton (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Henri Anier (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Henri Anier (Inverness CT).

Darren O'Dea (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

Foul by Daniel Higgins (Dundee).

Ross Draper (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Kevin Holt (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Alex Fisher (Inverness CT).

Attempt saved. Brad McKay (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Cameron Kerr.

James Vincent (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by David Raven (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Craig Wighton replaces Faissal El Bakhtaoui.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Cameron Kerr (Dundee) because of an injury.

Cameron Kerr (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT).

Foul by Daniel Higgins (Dundee).

Henri Anier (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Henri Anier replaces Billy McKay.

Mark O'Hara (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic363240992574100
2Aberdeen372341068353373
3Rangers371810954431164
4St Johnstone37177134944558
5Hearts371210155550546
6Partick Thistle361012143843-542
7Ross County371013144657-1143
8Kilmarnock37914143554-1941
9Motherwell37108194466-2238
10Dundee37107203858-2037
11Hamilton37614173356-2332
12Inverness CT37613184169-2831
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