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Inverness CT 1-1 Dundee United

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland

Inverness and Dundee United extended their respective winless runs to five with an eventful draw in the Highlands.

Billy McKay's early close-range opener was quickly cancelled out when Keith Watson headed United level.

Brian Graham fired against the post before Radoslaw Cierzniak saved a penalty by Caley Thistle's Nick Ross.

And United's Chris Erskine also watched his well-taken shot hit the inside of the upright as both sides chased the win that again evaded them.

As you were, then, in the Scottish Premiership with Dundee United and Inverness occupying fourth and fifth spot respectively.

When these sides last met, Caley Thistle's Scottish League Cup quarter-final win was overshadowed by a bad-tempered affair which culminated in a mass brawl between players on the pitch.

This time around in the Highlands, the headlines were for good, decent footballing reasons - despite Inverness manager John Hughes needing treatment for a head wound at half-time.

It was self-inflicted, though, because Hughes cracked his forehead off the dug-out when he jumped up to celebrate the opening goal.

McKay wasted little time in getting things off to a wholesome start by banging in his 18th of the season; swivelling on the six-yard box to dispatch Gary Warren's deflected header into the net following Danny Williams' corner.

But any ideas Hughes had of wrapping up his first home win early on were put to bed five minutes later.

Inverness boss John Hughes nurses a cut to his head after banging it off the dug-out
Inverness boss John Hughes nurses a cut to his head after banging it off the dug-out

United, too, showed their attacking competency from corner kicks as Watson rose to meet Gary Mackay-Steven's delivery to head firmly into Dean Brill's top corner.

The Caley Thistle goalkeeper has been a reliable presence for the hosts this season but a poor punch almost allowed the Tangerines to go in front.

It fell to John Rankin on the edge of the box and his blocked drive dropped for striker Graham to hammer off the post when most expected to see the net bulge.

On the half-hour it was United's turn for a blip, and not for the first time in recent games the culprit was John Souttar.

McKay's eyes must have lit up as the 17-year-old defender miscontrolled and the Northern Irishman sent in a low angled shot which Cierzniak dealt with routinely. His save for the cameras would follow minutes later.

With one hand, the Polish 'keeper turned over McKay's good header expertly after Aaron Doran had scuttled down the right-hand side to swing in a tasty cross.

A worrying-looking ankle injury to Graham provided Farid El Alagui with the chance to make his debut following his loan move from Brentford.

From another corner, Warren missed a brilliant opportunity to score before Brill had another awkward moment for the hosts.

Graeme Shinnie's back-pass went right under the English goalkeeper's foot and Brill had to sprint back and boot the ball out of touch when it was merely a yard from the net.

In contrast, Cierzniak's afternoon went from strength to strength; saving Ross's penalty after Souttar had tripped Shinnie following a neat one-two which had the full-back darting into the box.

Both teams were desperate for all three points and Erskine was extremely unlucky to see his steered left-footed effort rebound off the inside of Brill's left-hand post.

Mackay-Steven, who had set-up the former Partick Thistle midfielder, went clean-through only to be thwarted by Warren's last-ditch tackle.

And, in stoppage time, Caley Thistle's Doran slashed a low shot into the side-netting.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 12Brill
  • 2Raven
  • 18Tremarco
  • 3Shinnie
  • 5Warren
  • 6Meekings
  • 10Doran
  • 20Polworth
  • 7MckayBooked at 87mins
  • 11RossSubstituted forChristieat 81'minutes
  • 19WilliamsSubstituted forGreenhalghat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 14Devine
  • 17Greenhalgh
  • 21Pepper
  • 35Gorman
  • 36Christie
  • 40Evans

Dundee Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Cierzniak
  • 12Watson
  • 26Robertson
  • 6Paton
  • 20Souttar
  • 5Gunning
  • 17Erskine
  • 8Rankin
  • 9GrahamSubstituted forEl Alaguiat 52'minutes
  • 10ArmstrongSubstituted forGauldat 84'minutes
  • 11Mackay-Steven

Substitutes

  • 2Dillon
  • 4Butcher
  • 18Dow
  • 19Gauld
  • 25McCallum
  • 27Gomis
  • 29El Alagui
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
2,980

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home11
Away9
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Inverness CT 1, Dundee United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Inverness CT 1, Dundee United 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Gauld (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

  8. Post update

    Farid El Alagui (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Gavin Gunning.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ben Greenhalgh (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Ben Greenhalgh replaces Danny Williams.

  12. Booking

    Billy McKay (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Erskine (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Danny Williams (Inverness CT).

  15. Post update

    Keith Watson (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Ryan Gauld replaces Stuart Armstrong.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Farid El Alagui (Dundee United).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Ryan Christie replaces Nick Ross.

  20. Post update

    Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic20173045123354
2Aberdeen22142633191444
3Motherwell2114163225743
4Dundee Utd2297639241534
5Inverness CT2010462819934
6St Johnstone218492723428
7Hibernian227781920-128
8Kilmarnock2163122534-921
9St Mirren2155112036-1620
10Partick Thistle2147102036-1619
11Ross County2153132339-1618
12Hearts2234151539-24-2
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