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St Mirren 0-0 Inverness CT

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland's senior football reporter at St Mirren Park

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.

Line-ups

St Mirren

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, St Mirren 0, Inverness CT 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Gary Warren.

  4. Post update

    Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Marley Watkins.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Gary Warren.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, St Mirren. Gary Harkins replaces Paul McGowan.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Sean Kelly.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Conor Newton (St Mirren).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Marc McAusland.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by James Goodwin.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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