Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Inverness Caley Thistle

Wednesday, 19th Oct 2011

The Pars record against the Highlanders is not the best and they have won only twice at Inverness in 10 visits.

Inverness Caledonian Stadium

This Saturday Dunfermline travel to face Inverness Caley Thistle in the Highland capital for the first time since April 2010.  Back then the home side were on the crest of a wave just a couple of results short of securing their return to the SPL. Now the teams meet in the Highlands in the SPL for the first time since 12th May 2007, the day Dunfermline were relegated. [Funny to think that Pars side included the likes of Adam Hammill, Sol Bamba and Dorus de Vries who have all gone on to play at a higher level in England.]

League Record v Inverness Caledonian Thistle (A)

Pld

W

D

L

F

A

10

2

2

6

9

15

Alex Keddie and John Potter v ICT

The Pars record against the Highlanders is not the best and  they have won only twice at Inverness in 10 visits. The 2-1 win in April 2000 won them promotion to the Premier League after a year`s absence and the other a 3-1 win on St Patricks Day 2007 was Stephen Kenny`s first league victory after 16 attempts.

Milestones Inverness Caledonian Thistle (Away)

Last League Victory

17/03/07

3-1

 SPL 

Last League Defeat

17/04/10

0-2

Sc Div 1

Best League Victory

22/04/00

2-1

 Sc Div 1

Worst League Defeat

15/08/04
29/01/05

0-2

SPL

*Pre league reconstruction

Caley Thistle score in 83rd minute

This is the twenty second league match between the sides, so far Dunfermline have won four of them, there have been eight draws and nine have ended in defeat.  The first meeting this season at East End Park was rescued by a special from Martin Hardie after Andy Kirk had twice put his side in the lead. Dunfermline are 3-1 against for the win but the bookies are giving 40-1 for another 3-3 draw.

Last 12 League Matches v Inverness CT

Date

H/A

F-A

Scorers

06/08/11 H 3-3 [1-0] Kirk, [1-1] Tansey, [2-1] Kirk. [2-2] Hayes, [2-3] Tansey, [3-3] Hardie
17/04/10 A 0-2 [1-0] Rooney, [2-0] Foran
19/12/09 H 0-0 .
17/10/09 A 1-1 [0-1] Proctor, [1-1] Kirk

08/08/09

H 0-1 [0-1] Cox
   12/05/07 A 1-2 [1-0] McIntyre, [1-1] Hastings, [1-2] McAllister
   17/03/07 A 3-1 [0-1] Paatelainen, [1-1] Glass, [2-1] McIntyre, [3-1] Glass
   23/12/06 H 0-0

30/09/06

A 0-1 [0-1] Tokely
06/05/06 H 0-1 [0-1] Morgan
  08/02/06 H 2-2 [1-0] Hunt, [2-0] Burchill, [2-1] Dargo (p), [2-2] Wyness
05/11/06 A 1-2 [0-1] Black, [0-2] Proctor, [1-2] Makel

Martin Hardie

Terry Butcher`s men had a bad start at home, losing to Hibs and Rangers but since then they have recorded victories over Kilmarnock and St Mirren and drawn with Hearts.  Dunfermline`s away form started well with wins at St Johnstone and Dundee United but then there were defeats at Kilmarnock and Aberdeen.

Current League Form
Inverness CT Dunfermline
League Points
8 9
League Position
12 11
Goal Difference
-11 -11
Form Last 6 League Matches
WDLLWL LLDLLL
Home / Away Record
P5, W2, D1, L2 P4, W2, D0, L2

Inverness v Dunfermline

Inverness`s recent form has been better than Dunfermline`s.  Seven points from the last six games as opposed to the Fifers one.  A consequence is that Caley Thistle are now just one point behind Dunfermline. They have to fancy their chances given they are unbeaten in the last six meetings with the Pars.

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Hearts): Paul Gallacher, Andy Dowie, John Potter, Austin McCann (c); Paul Burns, David Graham, Ryan Thomson (Paul Willis 77), Gary Mason, Paddy Boyle, Joe Cardle (Liam Buchanan 62); Andy Kirk (Pat Clarke 77)..
SUBS NOT USED: Chris Smith (GK), Kerr Young, Steven McDougall, Craig Easton.
YELLOW CARD: Burns (45), Graham (68), McCann (87)

INVERNESS CALEY THISTLE: (v St Johnstone); Ryan Esson; David Proctor, Ross Tokely, Graeme Shinnie, Stuart Golabek; Andrew Shinnie (Billy McKay 74), Thomas Piermayr, Nick Ross (Aidan Chippendale 58), David Davis, Richie Foran, Gregory Tade (Shane Sutherland 56).
SUBS NOT USED:  Josh  Meekings, Lee Cox, Kenny Gillet, Jonny Tuffey (GK).

Jim McIntyre and Terry Butcher

Terry Butcher is looking for a better attitude from his players after feeling that they failed to focus in their defeat to St Johnstone. He is looking for the kind of performance that his troops put in at Celtic Park where although they lost 2-0 still did well in the game.

Inverness played Dundee United in a bounce game in midweek but Johnny Hayes was unable to make that and remains a doubt for Saturday.

Referee will be Steven McLean.

Come on ye Pars!

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