ICTFC return to league action as they travel to the Falkirk Stadium, to face Falkirk in the Ladbrokes Championship. ICTFC come into the game after an impressive draw in the Scottish Cup against Dundee, and they will face the Dee in a replay on Tuesday night at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.
FALKIRK -v- INVERNESS CT
Saturday 27th December - 3:00pm
Referee : Euan Anderson
Assistants : Alan Mulvanny & David Doig
THE MANAGER : John Robertson
“We’re looking forward to it, we’ve had a couple of decent performances against Falkirk of late. It’ll be another tough match, and it’ll be made even tougher by the fact that we’re going to be light in personnel. It gives some of the younger lads an opportunity to see what they can do if required, they need to be blooded in and it may well be on Saturday. We’re playing well, we’re on a good run of form and whatever team we start with will do us proud.”
“Liam Polworth and Iain Vigurs are suspended, we’ll check with the medical staff, but Charlie Trafford has been ill all week; obviously he got a head knock against Dundee but he’s gone down with a sickness bug that everyone else has got. We’ll also have a chat with the medical staff because Aaron Doran may not be available, due the rehabilitation of his knee, the AstroTurf doesn’t really suit that.”
“The sickness bug has worked its way through the squad, Liam Polworth had it last week and that’s why he didn’t play, Gary Warren had it the week before, Joe Chalmers has had it but we’ve managed to keep going and soldiering on. There will be three or four of our under 17s squad travelling with us.”
“Paul has started to put his stamp on Falkirk, he’s got a good formation which works well for them. They’ve gone to difficult places and won, they gone to Morton and it’s not easy to win there, and it’s not easy to win at Livingston and they’ve won there.”
“We know exactly what we’re going to find when we get down there, we know the quality that Falkirk possess, we’re going to have to combat that when they’re attacking and show our own ability when we’re attacking. We’ve caused them some big problems and we want to cause them some more on Saturday afternoon.”
Falkirk have shown signs of recovery in recent weeks after a dismal start to the season, and Paul Hartley’s side remain active in the transfer market. They’ve now won four of their last six matches, after beating Livingston in midweek to progress to the next round of the Scottish Cup.
January has been a month of change for the Bairns with Alex Jakubiak, Ryan Blair, Connor Hazard, Tommy Robson, Andrew Nelson, Sean Welsh coming in and Lee Miller, Mark Kerr, James Craigen, Luca Gasparotto, Conrad Balatoni and Nathan Austin all exiting.
ICTFC are light as they travel to Falkirk, with Liam Polworth and Iain Vigurs suspended. Also, Aaron Doran and Charlie Trafford may be unavailable.
Connor Bell said in the build up to the match: “In the last two games they’ve had two clean sheets, one in the cup and one in the league. They had a great result against Dundee United just before we last played them so if we can get the first goal we’re confident we can go on and get the result.”
“We’re always looking up the league and the gaffer says just to look at one team at a time. We’re just looking at the teams above us, we’re not looking down anymore. The games are coming thick and fast, there’s about 12 games left so we have to push on now.”
Head-to-Head : Falkirk Wins - 22 Draws - 9 ICTFC Wins - 13
Last Meeting : ICTFC 4-1 Falkirk (09/01/2018)
Inverness CT won emphatically the last time the two sides met; with goals from Oakley, Bell and Mulraney giving the Caley Jags a 3-0 lead after just half an hour.
The Bairns pulled one back late on through Louis Longridge, before John Baird added a fourth goal for ICTFC against his former club with two minutes left.
|Inverness CT FC||Falkirk|
|D||Dundee (A) 2-2||W||Livingston (A) 1-0|
|W||QoS (H) 3-1||W||Morton (A) 1-0|
|W||Falkirk (H) 4-1||L||ICTFC (A) 1-4|
|L||St Mirren (A) 0-1||W||Dundee Utd (H) 6-1|
|D||Livingston (H) 1-1||L||Dunfermline (A) 0-2|
|W||Brechin City (A) 2-3||W||QoS (H) 3-2|
Falkirk (v Livingston) : Thomson, Muirhead, Grant, McGhee, Tumilty, Taiwo (McKee 81), Sibbald, Kidd (Blair 74), Robson, Longridge, Nelson (Jakubiak 64)
ICTFC (v Dundee) : Ridgers, Mckay, Warren, Donaldson, Calder, Chalmers, Trafford (Polworth 58), Vigurs, Bell (Baird 81), Doran, Oakley