Ross County 0
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 0
A goalless draw then in the 4th SPL Highland derby of the season, a draw which probably suited both managers and fans alike. The result keeps ICT ahead of County and its all set up nicely for the “re-run” in two weeks time.
Richie Foran and Gary Warren were both back in the starting line up in place of Danny Devine and Nick Ross. County made one change from their win over Aberdeen in midweek, Michael Fraser replacing the injured Mark Brown in goal.
A quiet first half saw very little in the way of goalmouth action but ICT created the first sniff at goal after a ball into the box by Foran just evaded the outstretched leg of Billy Mckay.
County's best chances of the game fell to their full backs, the closest they came in the first half was from the boot of Evangelos Ikonomou. An absolute belter which David Raven did well to get in front of and turn it behind for a corner.
ICT thought they were in front after Ross Draper got onto Foran's knockdown from a corner but just as the ball was heading for the open net Rocco Quinn came from nowhere to clear it off the line.
The game got its first jolt of activity after the half hour mark when Iain Vigurs' strong challenge on Raven didn't exactly please the ICT right back. For whatever reason the decision to award Vigurs a yellow card annoyed Derek Adams who then had a coming together with Terry Butcher on the touchline. A bit of "handbags" and neither manager made any more of it than that.
HT: Ross County 0 ICT 0
The second half couldn't produce a goal from either side in part down to some solid defending from both teams. Grant Munro proving this early in the half tackling A.Shinnie just as the Caley Thislte man was going clear on goal.
Probably the best chance of the game came from Michael Kovacevic who lifted the ball over G. Shinnie before a powerful half volley looked to be heading in but flew just wide of the post.
Another talking point came 15 minutes from the end when Ikonomou's touch let him down and G. Shinnie nipped in ahead of him, the Greek defender flung out a leg which brought Graeme down. Ref Steven Maclean believed that there was no contact and a yellow was issued to the ICT defender much to the bemusement of the player and the Caley Thistle bench.
With the full time whistle probably came a wash of relief for both sets of fans but I think Caley Thistle will be the happier of the two. So the run in starts now, four games to go starting with Dundee next week at Dens before County again, then Hibs and St Johnstone to decide if we can make history and achieve our first ever top six spot.
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|23rd Feb 2013||Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh|
|Clydesdale Bank Premier League|
|TEAM: Fraser, Munro, Boyd, Ikonomou, Kovacevic, Lawson, Brittain, Vigurs, Quinn, Sproule (Steffen Wohlfarth 88), Morrow (Glen 66)|
|SUBS: McCarthy, Hainault, Macphee, Cooper, Ross|
|Sent Off: None|
|TEAM: Esson, Raven, G.Shinnie, Warren, Meekings, Tudur-Jones, Draper, A.Shinnie, McKay, Foran (Taylor 65), Doran (Ross 58)|
|SUBS: Reguero, Devine, Polworth, Pepper, Sutherland|
|Booked: Raven, G.Shinnie|
|Sent Off: None|