Inverness CT head to Glebe Park, looking to get back to winning ways after last weekend’s 1-0 loss against Morton. Caley Thistle were down to ten men early on, as David Raven was sent off for a challenge on Robert Thomson with the referee giving a penalty to Morton, which was despatched by Gary Harkins.
BRECHIN CITY -v-INVERNESS CT
Saturday 30th December - 3:00pm
Referee : Gavin Duncan
Assistants : Brian Templeton & Barry Reid
THE MANAGER : JOHN ROBERTSON
“Whilst the results against Brechin should give the players confidence, we’ve got to be wary. We spoke to Darren [Dodds], and he feels we’re the only team to have their number. I’m sure he’ll come up with something, they’re a notoriously hard team to break down, but we’ve played well against them this season.”
“We’ve got to be ready to go again, no complacency whatsoever. We want to bounce back after the Morton defeat and there’s an opportunity on Saturday, but that’s only if we work our hardest and be at our strongest to win the match.”
Brechin currently sit bottom of the Ladbrokes Championship, with them yet to win a league match this season. They have three draws which have come against Dundee United, Falkirk and Livingston, all at home.
They are managed by former ICTFC defender Darren Dodds, and the game will be the fourth meeting between the sides already this season, with the Caley Jags winning the pervious three matches comfortably.
David Raven is suspended after last weekend’s red card.
Iain Vigurs had the following to say in the build up to the match: “We had a disappointing result last week, but hopefully we get back to it against Brechin.”
“St Mirren and Dundee are cut a drift, but below that you’ve got five or six teams going for the two play-off places, it’s so tight.”
“Hopefully we can get back to winning ways against Brechin, who we’ve had good pervious results against. We know it’s not going to be easy because St Mirren went there and only won 2-1 and Dunfermline only beat them 2-1 at home, they are a hard team to beat especially down there.”
“The pitch is tight, the weather isn’t holding up too well either, so it’ll heavy underfoot. We know what we have to do, we’re confident lads to go and get the win.”
Head to Head : Brechin Wins : 3 - Draws : 3 - ICTFC Wins : 10
Last Meeting : ICTFC 4-0 Brechin (28/11/2017)
Goals from Brad Mckay, John Baird, Connor Bell and George Oakley sealed the three points for ICTFC at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.
|Inverness CT FC||Dumbarton FC|
|L||Morton (A) 0-1||L||Dunfermline (A) 1-2|
|W||Dumbarton (H) 1-0||L||St Mirren (H) 1-2|
|D||QoS (A) 0-0||L||Morton (A) 1-4|
|W||Brechin City (H) 4-0||L||ICTFC (A) 0-4|
|L||St Mirren (H) 0-2||D||Dundee Utd (H) 1-1|
|W||Falkirk (H) 1-0||W||Buckie Thistle (A) 3-2|
ICTFC (v Morton) : Ridgers, Raven, Mckay, Donaldson, Tremarco, Polworth, Vigurs, Mulraney (Trafford 76), Chalmers, Baird (Oakley 69), Bell (Seedorf 26)
Brechin City (v Dunfermline) : Smith, McLean (Dale 46), Crighton, Fusco, Spark, Watt, Smith, Lynas, Sinclair (Graham 77), Orsi (McLennan 55), Layne