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Dundee 1-1 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

By Richard WilsonBBC Scotland

Kane Hemmings struck his 20th goal of the season as Dundee hit back against Inverness CT to preserve their place in the top half of the Premiership.

The in-form striker was set up for a close-range finish by Gary Harkins after 86 minutes.

Ross Draper had given the visitors an early lead, rounding goalkeeper Scott Bain to finish.

Dundee dominated the second half, creating a series of good chances before the late equaliser.

In a congested mid-table, Caley Thistle were four minutes away from leapfrogging their hosts but remain in seventh place, two points behind the Dark Blues.

The Highlanders had started impressively, finding their rhythm and passing the ball crisply and accurately. Their composure was unsettling for Dundee, who spent the opening period trying to hold their defensive shape.

The visitors built much of their attacking play around Jordan Roberts, who was strong but also nimble and assured at centre-forward. By dropping off the front-line, he also joined in the build-up play and it was that versatility that led to the opening goal.

From a deep position, Roberts saw the run of Draper from deep and threaded a pass for the midfielder to collect before knocking the ball beyond Bain and knocking it into an empty net.

The home players and fans claimed for offside, in vain, and discontent grew with the performance of the officials.

Ross Draper celebrates his early strike
Inverness were worthy of their half-time lead at Dens Park

The Dundee supporters spent most of the first-half booing Carl Tremarco after the Inverness full-back appeared to kick out at Greg Stewart as the pair tangled on the ground following a tackle.

Referee Andrew Dallas booked both players for the scuffle and had to keep his yellow card close to hand as he tried to manage a lively encounter.

Despite their strength in attack, Dundee struggled to create a clear chance in the first half, and the closest they came was a Stewart effort from distance that flew past.

There was a further set-back for Paul Hartley's side when defender Darren O'Dea went down injured on the cusp of half-time and failed to reappear after the interval.

Dundee were much more effective in the second period and Stewart should have equalised when the ball ran to him inside the area, but he shot wide from 10 yards out.

Rory Loy had a similar chance soon after, when he picked his way into space only for his shot to cannon off the leg of Owain Fon-Williams, the Inverness goalkeeper.

All three of the strikers were frustrated, with Hemmings blasting a volley over from Harkins' pinpoint cross-field pass.

Having been booked in the first-half for time-wasting, Fon-Williams barely had a moment's respite. His sharpness in racing off his goal-line after Gary Warren's miscued header flew straight to Stewart, prevented an equaliser, since the striker's effort flew straight into the keeper's body.

It looked then as if Dundee were going to be thwarted, but a striker as prolific as Hemmings only needs half a chance and he took his when Harkins headed a corner back across goal. Hemmings was first to react and he steered the ball home.

Line-ups

Dundee

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 1Bain
  • 19McGinn
  • 16Etxabeguren
  • 21O'DeaSubstituted forGadzhalovat 45'minutes
  • 3Holt
  • 17RossBooked at 61mins
  • 18McGowan
  • 7StewartBooked at 26mins
  • 29Harkins
  • 9LoySubstituted forWightonat 64'minutes
  • 15Hemmings

Substitutes

  • 8Low
  • 12Mitchell
  • 22Rodríguez Pérez Reverte
  • 24Black
  • 26Gadzhalov
  • 30Kerr
  • 33Wighton

Inverness CT

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Fon WilliamsBooked at 43mins
  • 17Horner
  • 5Warren
  • 14DevineBooked at 36mins
  • 3TremarcoBooked at 26mins
  • 8Draper
  • 16Tansey
  • 20PolworthSubstituted forWilliamsat 68'minutes
  • 11Roberts
  • 27VigursBooked at 31mins
  • 39StoreySubstituted forHughesat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 7Williams
  • 15Wedderburn
  • 19Williams
  • 21Hughes
  • 34Brown
  • 38MacLennan
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
5,048

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee 1, Inverness CT 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee 1, Inverness CT 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Kane Hemmings (Dundee).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Craig Wighton (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT).

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Dundee 1, Inverness CT 1. Kane Hemmings (Dundee) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Gary Harkins.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Gary Warren.

  10. Post update

    Kostadin Gadzhalov (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Danny Williams (Inverness CT).

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Craig Wighton (Dundee).

  14. Post update

    Liam Hughes (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Liam Hughes replaces Miles Storey.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Greg Stewart (Dundee) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Lewis Horner.

  18. Post update

    Greg Stewart (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Roberts (Inverness CT).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Greg Stewart (Dundee) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.