Scottish Premiership
Inverness CT1St Johnstone0

Inverness CT 1-0 St Johnstone

Inverness shrugged off the absence of a manager for the last two weeks and consolidated their second place in the Premiership by beating St Johnstone.

Billy McKay's winner ended Saints' winning run at three games and extended the hosts' own to the same number.

With youth coaches Duncan Shearer and Scott Kellacher temporarily in charge, Inverness created more in an otherwise even game.

And the visitors found it difficult to penetrate in the final third.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle remain five points behind leaders Celtic while St Johnstone slip to sixth.

The first piece of serious action, with less than three minutes on the clock, saw Carl Tremarco burst down the left and fire over a precise cross to McKay.

The Northern Ireland international's athletic volley found the net via the post.

Soon after, Graeme Shinnie spurned the chance of a second when he shot over but St Johnstone were still well in the game with Stevie May and in-particular Nigel Hasselbaink frequently looking dangerous.

Hasselbaink had two penetrating runs, but in both cases his efforts were deflected wide.

However, a tight Caley Thistle defence seriously restricted Saints' scoring opportunities.

At the other end, Saints keeper Alan Mannus did well to get one hand to a McKay shot from a tight angle.

The away team's best chance came when Hasselbaink fed David Wotherspoon but the ever-present Tremarco blocked his 18-yard effort.

In the second period, Ross Draper and Marley Watkins both sent attempts narrowly over for Inverness but the rest of the half drifted largely into anonymity.

The Perth side were awarded a late 19-yard free kick but May's effort, and his shot from the rebound, both crashed into the Inverness wall.

So, as Caley Thistle proceed towards what they hope will be the appointment of a new manager before their Scottish Cup tie at home to Morton on 30 November, the new incumbent can be sure he will inherit a team sitting in a clear second place in Scotland's top flight.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 12Brill
  • 3ShinnieBooked at 86mins
  • 18Tremarco
  • 8Draper
  • 5Warren
  • 6Meekings
  • 15Watkins
  • 9Foran
  • 7Mckay
  • 11RossSubstituted forWilliamsat 84'minutes
  • 10DoranSubstituted forGreenhalghat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 2Raven
  • 14Devine
  • 17Greenhalgh
  • 19Williams
  • 20Polworth
  • 23Agdestein

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 19MillerSubstituted forJahicat 80'minutes
  • 24B Easton
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 2Mackay
  • 3ScobbieBooked at 90mins
  • 7MillarSubstituted forEdwardsat 67'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 18Davidson
  • 11HasselbainkBooked at 39mins
  • 17May
  • 8McDonald

Substitutes

  • 4Cregg
  • 5Wright
  • 14Edwards
  • 15Banks
  • 16Caddis
  • 25Jahic
  • 41Kane
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
3,255

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home9
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away0
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 1, St Johnstone 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inverness CT 1, St Johnstone 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Ben Greenhalgh replaces Aaron Doran.

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

Foul by Steve May (St Johnstone).

Booking

Thomas Scobbie (St Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.

Richie Foran (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Thomas Scobbie (St Johnstone).

Corner, St Johnstone. Conceded by Josh Meekings.

Attempt blocked. Steve May (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

Steve May (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Brian Easton (St Johnstone).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Danny Williams replaces Nick Ross.

Booking

Gwion Edwards (St Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.

Billy McKay (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gwion Edwards (St Johnstone).

Attempt missed. Ross Draper (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Thomas Scobbie.

Substitution

Substitution, St Johnstone. Sanel Jahic replaces Gary Miller.

Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nigel Hasselbaink (St Johnstone).

Ross Draper (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone).

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

Foul by Nigel Hasselbaink (St Johnstone).

Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

Gary McDonald (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, St Johnstone. Conceded by Carl Tremarco.

Substitution

Substitution, St Johnstone. Gwion Edwards replaces Chris Millar.

Attempt missed. David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone) right footed shot from long range on the left is too high.

Attempt missed. Steve May (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Ross Draper (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Chris Millar (St Johnstone).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Celtic1310301833
2Inverness CT139131028
3Motherwell14815-225
4Dundee Utd146531523
5Aberdeen14725623
6St Johnstone14635721
7Hibernian14446-516
8St Mirren13436-715
9Partick Thistle14347-1213
10Ross County13328-1211
11Kilmarnock14239-99
12Hearts14338-9-3
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