Scottish Premiership
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Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2-2 Dundee

Marcus Haber scores for Dundee
Marcus Haber's downward header opened the scoring for Dundee

Greg Tansey's late strike rescued a 2-2 draw for the Scottish Premiership's bottom club Inverness, who fought back from two goals down against Dundee.

Set-piece headers from Marcus Haber and Darren O'Dea gave the visitors a half-time lead.

Billy McKay pulled one back from the penalty spot after the break, and had a second spot-kick saved by Scott Bain.

His blushes were spared by Tansey, who rifled home from the edge of the box after Bain again denied McKay.

Positive reaction

For the opening half hour, Inverness looked to have reacted to stinging criticism from boss Richie Foran and adapted well to a new formation with two up front.

They were hungry and creative and came close when Carl Tremarco struck the post from close range.

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A quick-thinking Iain Vigurs free-kick released McKay, his cut-back was put home by a Dundee defender but McKay was ruled offside just when home supporters sensed a positive afternoon ahead.

Henri Anier was also denied by the excellent Bain as Inverness ploughed forward.

It went badly wrong with well executed goals and superb goalkeeping extending Inverness' winless run, despite fighting back from two goals down.

Dundee undone

Dundee rode their luck a little early on but went ahead thanks to a superb delivery from Cammy Kerr straight into the path of Haber who powered his header home.

Their second was simple. Tom Hateley's corner was headed in by an unruffled O'Dea.

They got to half-time then handed Inverness a lifeline when Julien Extabeguren was unnecessarily penalised for holding.

Scott Bain saves Billy McKay's penalty
Scott Bain saved Billy McKay's second penalty

McKay scored the penalty and was offered another chance when Anier went to ground. This time the superb Bain smothered it and Dundee looked good for the win.

They had a number of fabulous chances to extend their lead. Paul McGowan hit a post, then blazed over when clean through on goal before Henrik Ojamaa saw his close-range effort kicked clear.

Bain did well to save again from McKay but the rebound fell for Tansey and he coolly found the corner.

Dust settles

Inverness' winless run has now reached 13 and they face a very tough run of fixtures following their Scottish Cup fifth-round tie at Celtic next weekend.

Foran will be pleased with many elements of this display. It's results they need, though, and they're looking ever more fragile.

Inverness assistant manager Scott Kellacher: "We asked the boys to be brave, get on the ball, pass it and that's exactly what they did. We need to defend balls into the box better but apart from that the heads never went down.

"The boys did great, terrific. They just keep going. The amount of chances we've created today, we need to start taking them if we're going to win games.

"We'll keep going. It's a special group. they've been through good times, they've been through bad. We need to keep believing in ourselves and hopefully we can turn it around."

Dundee manager Paul Hartley: "There were chances at both end. At 2-0 we looked comfortable. We give a needless penalty away to give them a lifeline but after that we still had great opportunities. We should have killed the game off.

"Scott (Bain) is a real class act. His form has been excellent of late. I was pleased with how we performed in the final third today.

"We create chances. I think Ojamaa and Haber had a good understanding. The pleasing aspect is we created. The disappointing thing was we should have seen the game out. That's something we've got to look at."

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 1Esson
  • 2Raven
  • 5Warren
  • 12McCart
  • 20KingSubstituted forMulraneyat 85'minutes
  • 16Tansey
  • 11VigursSubstituted forPolworthat 86'minutes
  • 3TremarcoBooked at 75mins
  • 8Draper
  • 23Anier
  • 13MckayBooked at 58mins

Substitutes

  • 7Polworth
  • 9Ebbe
  • 15Mulraney
  • 19Boden
  • 22McKay
  • 25Fon Williams
  • 29Cole

Dundee

  • 1Bain
  • 16EtxabegurenBooked at 52mins
  • 55Gomis
  • 6O'DeaBooked at 48mins
  • 3Holt
  • 30Kerr
  • 14O'Hara
  • 18McGowanBooked at 63mins
  • 22OjamaaSubstituted forEl Bakhtaouiat 86'minutes
  • 7HateleySubstituted forKlokat 84'minutes
  • 21Haber

Substitutes

  • 4Vincent
  • 11Williams
  • 12Mitchell
  • 17Ross
  • 20El Bakhtaoui
  • 23Klok
  • 33Wighton
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
2,606

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home10
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 2, Dundee 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inverness CT 2, Dundee 2.

Back pass by David Raven (Inverness CT).

Foul by Billy McKay (Inverness CT).

Marc Klok (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dundee).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Faissal El Bakhtaoui replaces Henrik Ojamaa.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Liam Polworth replaces Iain Vigurs.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Jake Mulraney replaces Billy King.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Marc Klok replaces Tom Hateley.

Attempt saved. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 2, Dundee 2. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Darren O'Dea (Dundee).

Booking

Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Attempt saved. Ross Draper (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Penalty saved! Billy McKay (Inverness CT) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Penalty Inverness CT. Henri Anier draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Julen Etxabeguren Leanizbarrutia (Dundee) after a foul in the penalty area.

Billy King (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kevin Holt (Dundee).

Attempt missed. Paul McGowan (Dundee) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Ross Draper (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Jamie McCart (Inverness CT).

Henrik Ojamaa (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

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

Billy King (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Paul McGowan (Dundee).

Attempt missed. Cameron Kerr (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

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

Foul by Henrik Ojamaa (Dundee).

Booking

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

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Cameron Kerr.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Iain Vigurs.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) because of an injury.

Paul McGowan (Dundee) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic23221060144667
2Aberdeen23134640202043
3Rangers2412753226643
4Hearts24107745311437
5St Johnstone239772925434
6Motherwell2366112739-1224
7Ross County2459102742-1524
8Kilmarnock235992038-1824
9Partick Thistle2458112432-823
10Dundee2365122333-1023
11Hamilton2431292535-1021
12Inverness CT2439122845-1718
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