After last weekends game against Falkirk fell victim to the weather...twice, ICTFC will be hoping to get back to action against Dumbarton at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium this weekend with a win.
A win could move the Caley Jags above the Sons in the table and right on the coattails of the sides around the play-off positions.
INVERNESS CT -v- DUMBARTON
Saturday 16th December - 3:00pm
Referee : John Beaton
Assistants : Stephen Mitchell & Alan Macfadyen
THE (ASSISTANT) MANAGER : Brian Rice
“It’s a very important game, a game against a side one point above us so we’re obviously looking to win the game to go above Dumbarton.”
“The boys have worked very hard, you can sense the anticipation of the game. You want to get out there and the get the game started, try and get the three points, climb the table and set us up for the new year.”
“If you look at their [Dumbarton] last three results, they've drawn with Queens, they drew at Dunfermline and they beat St Mirren away. It’s surprised a few people, but I know Stevie Aitken very well and know what a great job he’s done."
"His team give him everything they’ve got, they are very difficult to play against and they beat us 2-1 down in Dumbarton so we know it’s going to be a very difficult game. For me, they are probably the form team in the league at the minute.”
“The pitch, at the minute, is a little bit soft. There’s no snow on it, it’s all been cleared off, the undersoil heating has been on. There’s a couple of wet patches which caused the problems for the last two postponements, but the ground staff are working really hard on that. Personally, if the weather stays the way it is, I don’t think the game will be in any danger.”
Dumbarton sit one point above ICTFC, sitting in seventh in the Ladbrokes Championship. Recent results include a win over St Mirren in Paisley and draws with Queen of the South and Dunfermline.
Dimitrios Froxylias is the clubs top scorer and is known for his powerful efforts from range including his goal against Dunfermline, which won SPFL goal of the month for October.
Iain Vigurs is suspended for the match but the rest of the squad is fit and ready.
John Baird said the following in the build-up to the match: “They [Dumbarton] are quite stuffy, they’ve had a couple of draws recently, against Dunfermline and Queen of the South, but if we get our noses in front then we aren’t one for conceding goals so I’m sure we can win the game if we can get in front early.”
“It’s a big incentive to go above them so it’s paramount that we get the game on because it gives us that opportunity to go head to head with them.”
Head to Head : ICTFC Wins : 2 - Draws : 1 - Dumbarton Wins : 1
Last Meeting : Dumbarton 2-1 ICTFC (23/09/2017)
It was a game of two halves when the sides met earlier in the season, with ICTFC 1-0 up at half-time but eventually losing after two second half goals for the hosts.
Connor Bell put ICTFC 1-0 up but second half goals from Froxylias and Wardrop won the game for the Sons. Gary Warren was sent off late on for ICTFC.
|Inverness CT FC||Dumbarton FC|
|D||QoS (A) 0-0||W||St Mirren (A) 1-0|
|W||Brechin City (H) 4-0||D||Queens (H) 2-2|
|L||St Mirren (H) 0-2||D||Dunfermline (A) 2-2|
|W||Falkirk (H) 1-0||W||Elgin City (H) 1-0|
|D||Livingston (A) 0-0||W||Raith Rovers (H) 2-0|
|W||Dunfermline (H) 1-0||W||Brechin City (A) 1-0|
ICTFC (V QoS) : Ridgers, Raven, Mckay, Doanldson, Tremarco, Mulraney, Polworth, Vigurs, Chalmers (Calder 85), Bell (Oakley 61) , Baird (Trafford 61)
Dumbarton (V St Mirren) : Gallacher, Wardrop, Dowie, Barr, McLaughlin, Carswell, Hutton, Gallagher (Nade 71), Walsh, Stewart (Roy 7), Morrison (Froxylias 63)