Scottish Premiership
St Mirren0Inverness CT0

St Mirren 0-0 Inverness CT

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.

Inverness manager John Hughes

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Interview - Inverness manager John Hughes

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.

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 28Kello
  • 22Naismith
  • 18Kelly
  • 4McGregor
  • 6Goodwin
  • 14McAusland
  • 24Newton
  • 11McLean
  • 10McGowanBooked at 41minsSubstituted forHarkinsat 79'minutes
  • 9Thompson
  • 7McGinn

Substitutes

  • 2van Zanten
  • 5Mair
  • 8Harkins
  • 16Caprice
  • 17Reilly
  • 27Grainger
  • 30Dilo

Inverness CT

  • 12Brill
  • 3Shinnie
  • 18TremarcoBooked at 9mins
  • 9Foran
  • 5WarrenBooked at 41mins
  • 6Meekings
  • 15Watkins
  • 8Draper
  • 7Mckay
  • 11Ross
  • 10Doran

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 2Raven
  • 14Devine
  • 17Greenhalgh
  • 19Williams
  • 20Polworth
  • 23Agdestein
Referee:
Calum Murray
Attendance:
3,305

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home11
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, St Mirren 0, Inverness CT 0.

Full Time

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

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Gary Warren.

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Marley Watkins.

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

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Gary Warren.

Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

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

Substitution

Substitution, St Mirren. Gary Harkins replaces Paul McGowan.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Sean Kelly.

Foul by Conor Newton (St Mirren).

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

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Marc McAusland.

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

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

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

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

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by James Goodwin.

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

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

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

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

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

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by James Goodwin.

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Carl Tremarco.

Hand ball by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).

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

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

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

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

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

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

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

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

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

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

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

Second Half

Second Half begins St Mirren 0, Inverness CT 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Celtic1411302336
2Inverness CT149231029
3Dundee Utd157531826
4Aberdeen15825826
5Motherwell15816-725
6St Johnstone15636521
7Hibernian15456-517
8St Mirren14446-716
9Partick Thistle15357-1214
10Kilmarnock15339-812
11Ross County14329-1311
12Hearts15339-12-3
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