Inverness marked the first match since John Hughes's appointment as manager with a hard-earned point in Paisley.

They were second best in the first half as St Mirren turned on the style, but could not turn that into a lead.

The hosts might have paid a heavy price for their failure to score as Inverness improved after the break.

But, just as Steven Thompson had struck the woodwork in the first half, Billy McKay and Marley Watkins combined to do likewise in the second.

Inverness manager John Hughes

Hughes watched his new side show improvement in the second half

It preserves both sides' impressive runs, with St Mirren beaten only once in their last eight matches and Inverness Caledonian Thistle unbeaten in six.

The first half very much belonged to St Mirren and had Thompson been able to convert a seventh-minute opportunity, it would have been a goal to grace any game.

From Sean Kelly at left-back, St Mirren made their way upfield with some crisp, one-touch passing involving John McGinn, Paul McGowan and Conor Newton, who slipped in Jason Naismith.

His ball across goal was pushed away by Dean Brill into Thompson's path, but the striker's shot on the turn was well kept out by the keeper.

St Mirren continued to threaten, with Newton having a shot blocked just short of the line and Thompson forcing Brill into an excellent save, with a powerful effort that was tipped onto the post.

Brill saved again from a Kenny McLean free-kick and only in the closing stages of the half did Caley Thistle begin to look remotely menacing, as Aaron Doran and Ross Draper flashed shots wide.

But whatever Hughes had to say at half-time clearly had the desired effect as his side upped their performance in the second half, Doran pulling an early save out of Marian Kello at his near post.

And it was the same post that denied the visitors the opening goal, with McKay and Watkins climbing for the same high ball and between them knocking it against the upright.

Neither side was able to trouble the opposition keeper further as the game rather petered out in the closing stages.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (1)

St Mirren

  • 28 Kello
  • 22 Naismith
  • 18 Kelly
  • 04 McGregor
  • 06 Goodwin
  • 14 McAusland
  • 24 Newton
  • 11 McLean
  • 10 McGowan Booked (Harkins - 79' )
  • 09 Thompson
  • 07 McGinn

Substitutes

  • 02 van Zanten
  • 05 Mair
  • 08 Harkins
  • 16 Caprice
  • 17 Reilly
  • 27 Grainger
  • 30 Dilo

Inverness Caledonian Thistle

  • 12 Brill
  • 03 Shinnie
  • 18 Tremarco Booked
  • 09 Foran
  • 05 Warren Booked
  • 06 Meekings
  • 15 Watkins
  • 08 Draper
  • 07 McKay
  • 11 Ross
  • 10 Doran

Substitutes

  • 01 Esson
  • 02 Raven
  • 14 Devine
  • 17 Greenhalgh
  • 19 Williams
  • 20 Polworth
  • 23 Agdestein
Ref: Calum Murray
Att: 3,305

Match Stats

Shots

14 8

On target

4 2

Corners

11 6

Fouls

9 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, St Mirren 0, Inverness CT 0.

90:00 +1:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, St Mirren 0, Inverness CT 0.

87:17

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Gary Warren.

84:34

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Marley Watkins.

82:37

Attempt missed. Darren McGregor (St Mirren) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

82:11

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Gary Warren.

81:10

Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

81:10

Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

78:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. Gary Harkins replaces Paul McGowan.

77:19

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Sean Kelly.

75:01

Foul by Conor Newton (St Mirren).

75:01

Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

73:31

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Marc McAusland.

72:36

Attempt missed. Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

71:22

Attempt missed. James Goodwin (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

70:15

Attempt missed. Conor Newton (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

69:49

Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box.

69:04

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by James Goodwin.

67:09

Attempt saved. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

64:06

Kenny McLean (St Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

64:06

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

63:12

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

63:12

Nick Ross (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:40

John McGinn (St Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

62:40

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

60:39

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by James Goodwin.

59:28

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Carl Tremarco.

57:09

Hand ball by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).

56:15

Attempt missed. Marc McAusland (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is too high.

55:35

John McGinn (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:35

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

54:33

Attempt missed. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

52:31

Attempt missed. Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

51:22

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

51:22

Nick Ross (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:34

Attempt saved. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

47:59

Attempt missed. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses the top left corner.

47:23

John McGinn (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:23

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

45:00

Second Half begins St Mirren 0, Inverness CT 0.

45:00 +0:33 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, St Mirren 0, Inverness CT 0.

45:00 +0:13

Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

45:00 +0:13

Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:39

Conor Newton (St Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

43:39

Foul by Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT).

40:18 Booking

Booking Paul McGowan (St Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

40:03 Booking

Booking Gary Warren (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

40:00

Kenny McLean (St Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

39:27

Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

38:54

Attempt saved. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

38:19

Paul McGowan (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:19

Foul by Richie Foran (Inverness CT).

37:07

Foul by Conor Newton (St Mirren).

37:07

Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:37

Attempt missed. Ross Draper (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

34:56

Attempt missed. Paul McGowan (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

34:16

Kenny McLean (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:16

Foul by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).

33:17

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Marc McAusland.

31:57

Attempt missed. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

30:45

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Graeme Shinnie.

28:53

Attempt missed. Marc McAusland (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

28:40

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Dean Brill.

27:45

Paul McGowan (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:45

Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

26:57

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Dean Brill.

26:29

Attempt saved. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

19:33

Attempt missed. Darren McGregor (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

19:01

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Gary Warren.

18:02

Foul by John McGinn (St Mirren).

18:02

Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:46

Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

16:46

Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:05

Foul by Conor Newton (St Mirren).

15:05

Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:57

Attempt blocked. Conor Newton (St Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

14:27

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Gary Warren.

14:17

Attempt blocked. Marc McAusland (St Mirren) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

13:31

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Josh Meekings.

12:22

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Sean Kelly.

9:10

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Josh Meekings.

8:26 Booking

Booking Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

8:21

Jason Naismith (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:21

Foul by Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT).

7:15

Attempt saved. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

6:59

Attempt saved. Jason Naismith (St Mirren) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

1:29

Foul by Richie Foran (Inverness CT).

1:29

Steven Thompson (St Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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