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Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1-0 Arbroath: Nikolay Todorov header keeps Caley promotion hopes alive

By Eilidh DaviesBBC Sport Scotland at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Scott Allan made his Inverness debut from the bench after joining on loan from Hibernian
Scott Allan made his Inverness debut from the bench after joining on loan from Hibernian

Inverness CT kept their Scottish Championship promotion hopes alive with victory over Arbroath at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.

Nikolay Todorov's diving header was enough to ensure all three points stayed in the Highlands.

On-loan Hibs midfielder Scott Allan made his debut from the bench for the home side.

The win leaves Caley three points off second-placed Raith Rovers, albeit having played a game more.

Inverness had the ball in the back of the net when David Carson got on the end of a Robbie Deas header, but that was ruled offside.

An excellent chance fell to the visitors just ahead of the half-time whistle when Lewis Moore's corner was headed on by Ricky Little, Sean Welsh clearing off the line.

Miles Storey and Allan both forced saves from Arbroath goalkeeper Derek Gaston but Todorov's goal with just over 20 minutes to go was enough for Neil McCann's side.

Inverness CT interim manger Neil McCann: "I'm absolutely delighted with the team. You could see we were pretty jaded. We were leggy and looked a wee bit tired and maybe sometimes making poor decisions.

"They've been asked to play nine games in a month - that's an incredible workload. But that's four wins on the bounce and four clean sheets. Arbroath gave us a real tough match - we knew they would. We are pleased we came out on top."

Arbroath manager Dick Campbell: "The first attack on goal they've scored. It could have been avoided. I can't praise my players enough, they were magnificent. Christmas I think has come early for Inverness. They've won three games on the trot and that will probably keep them safe.

"If you don't create goals you are always vulnerable. Inverness deserved to win - they scored and we didn't. I just feel sorry for my own boys, they should have got something out of the game."

Line-ups

Inverness CT

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ridgers
  • 8Carson
  • 6Devine
  • 24Deas
  • 16Harper
  • 4Welsh
  • 18Allardice
  • 12MacGregorSubstituted forStoreyat 55'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 11SutherlandSubstituted forAllanat 54'minutes
  • 27MacKay
  • 77TodorovSubstituted forMcHattieat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3McHattie
  • 7Keatings
  • 14Vincent
  • 17Storey
  • 19Lyall
  • 21MacKay
  • 23Allan

Arbroath

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Gaston
  • 7Gold
  • 5O'Brien
  • 4Little
  • 3Hamilton
  • 8McKennaSubstituted forLowat 84'minutes
  • 28CraigenBooked at 29minsSubstituted forStewartat 63'minutes
  • 18WilliamsonSubstituted forWhatleyat 81'minutes
  • 16Moore
  • 19Hamilton
  • 9Hilson

Substitutes

  • 6Whatley
  • 12Stewart
  • 14Doolan
  • 21Gallacher
  • 22Pignatiello
  • 32Low
  • 33Smith
Referee:
Colin Steven

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamArbroath
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home5
Away3
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home17
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Inverness CT 1, Arbroath 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Inverness CT 1, Arbroath 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Thomas O'Brien (Arbroath).

  5. Booking

    Miles Storey (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Miles Storey (Inverness CT).

  7. Post update

    Derek Gaston (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Miles Storey (Inverness CT).

  9. Post update

    Colin Hamilton (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Danny Devine.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Kevin McHattie replaces Nikolay Todorov.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel MacKay (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  13. Post update

    Nikolay Todorov (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Thomas O'Brien (Arbroath).

  15. Post update

    Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by David Carson.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Cameron Harper (Inverness CT).

  17. Post update

    David Gold (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Arbroath. Nicky Low replaces Michael McKenna.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Arbroath. Mark Whatley replaces Ben Williamson.

  20. Post update

    Miles Storey (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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