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Scottish Premiership: Inverness CT 2-2 Dundee United

Lewis Horner (third left)
Lewis Horner (third left) scored a last gasp equaliser for Inverness CT

Dundee United were denied a much needed win by a late equaliser from Inverness CT's Lewis Horner.

John Rankin gave the visitors the lead with a left-foot shot into the roof of the net.

Liam Polworth side footed a cross into net seconds after half-time to level.

Billy McKay thought he'd won it when he stabbed United in front, only for Horner to bundle the ball over the line at the death.

It was a cruel blow for the Premiership's bottom side just when they thought they had claimed a third win of the season.

There was certainly no sign of a crisis of confidence about Mixu Paatelainen team's play going forward as McKay nearly scored after just 20 seconds.

Chris Erskine skinned Horner down the left and McKay was just inches away from knocking home the cross.

That was the start of a traumatic first half for Horner - who was to have the last laugh - as all of the visitors effective attacks started in his area of the park.

That included the route from which they carved out the opening goal with the only surprise being it wasn't McKay who claimed it.

It was another former Caley Thistle player, though, as Rankin marked his recall to the starting line with a vicious 16-yard drive from Scott Fraser's cut back.

That was the first any Dundee United player other than McKay had scored in the Premiership since Sean Dillon netted against Ross County in September.

While they might have struggled to score goals, the club at the foot of the league have had no such problem conceding them this season.

Quite why that should be the case was evident from the panicky way they went about coping with whatever Inverness could throw at them.

John Rankin and Scott Fraser
John Rankin (left) gave Dundee United a first half lead

They did have a big slice of luck just before the interval when James Vincent squandered the Highlanders' best chance of the first half.

Polworth placed the perfect cross on his team-mate's head just six yards out, but with the goal gaping the midfielder steered it wide.

Polworth decided to take more direct action as Caley levelled within seconds of the restart as he guided in a Danny Williams cross.

However his desire to add a second was probably the wrong option as his shot from an acute angle was saved when there were team-mates screaming for a pass.

It was a fumble by Wales international Owain Fon Williams that helped United score a second goal in a league game for the first time since August.

He spilled a cross from the left and McKay pounced to clip in the loose ball for his eighth league goal of the season.

However, there was cruel twist of fate two minutes into stoppage time as Inverness pressure paid off when Horner's header just crossed the line before being cleared to earn his side a point.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 17Horner
  • 5WarrenBooked at 25mins
  • 14Devine
  • 19Williams
  • 16Tansey
  • 15WedderburnSubstituted forTremarcoat 87'minutes
  • 20Polworth
  • 4VincentSubstituted forSho-Silvaat 90+1'minutes
  • 27VigursSubstituted forMbuyi-Mutomboat 69'minutes
  • 39Storey

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 2Raven
  • 3Tremarco
  • 7Lopez Robles
  • 9Foran
  • 18Sho-Silva
  • 28Mbuyi-Mutombo

Dundee Utd

  • 21SzromnikBooked at 90mins
  • 17DurnanBooked at 5mins
  • 5Morris
  • 19Gunning
  • 12McGowan
  • 55DemelSubstituted forSouttarat 79'minutes
  • 8Rankin
  • 3DixonBooked at 77mins
  • 22FraserSubstituted forSpittalat 89'minutes
  • 7MckaySubstituted forDillonat 89'minutes
  • 11Erskine

Substitutes

  • 2Dillon
  • 4Souttar
  • 15Murray
  • 20Spittal
  • 24Spark
  • 30Bodul
  • 51Zwick
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
2,981

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home13
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 2, Dundee United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inverness CT 2, Dundee United 2.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Paul Dixon.

Foul by Miles Storey (Inverness CT).

Callum Morris (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 2, Dundee United 2. Lewis Horner (Inverness CT) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Carl Tremarco.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Tobi Sho-Silva replaces James Vincent.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Blair Spittal replaces Scott Fraser.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Sean Dillon replaces Billy McKay.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Paul Dixon.

Gary Warren (Inverness CT) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by John Rankin.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Carl Tremarco replaces Nathaniel Wedderburn.

Nathaniel Wedderburn (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Fraser (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Gavin Gunning (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

Scott Fraser (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 1, Dundee United 2. Billy McKay (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Erskine.

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

Attempt saved. John Rankin (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. John Souttar replaces Guy Demel.

Booking

Paul Dixon (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Dixon (Dundee United).

Foul by Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (Inverness CT).

Guy Demel (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lewis Horner (Inverness CT).

Gavin Gunning (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Callum Morris.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo replaces Iain Vigurs.

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

Foul by Paul Dixon (Dundee United).

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Danny Williams.

Attempt saved. Scott Fraser (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

Billy McKay (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Callum Morris.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic18133245143142
2Aberdeen19132432181441
3Hearts1895429181132
4St Johnstone199463529631
5Ross County197392827124
6Dundee195862730-323
7Partick Thistle186571923-423
8Hamilton186482229-722
9Inverness CT185672125-421
10Motherwell186391825-721
11Kilmarnock1945101936-1717
12Dundee Utd1924131536-2110
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