Scottish Premiership
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Dundee 1-2 Inverness CT

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland at Dens Park

Ryan Christie's late strike propelled Inverness back into second place in the Scottish Premiership after a victory over Dundee.

The hosts went ahead when Greg Stewart anticipated the flight of Gary Harkins' free-kick to tap in at the back post.

But Inverness levelled when Dundee's defence hesitated, allowing Billy McKay to dink home.

It seemed a draw was inevitable, but Christie got the deftest of touches to Marley Watkins' pass to secure victory.

The Highlanders overtake Dundee United, who beat Ross County on Friday, and sit three points behind leaders Celtic.

Dundee started brightly with David Clarkson keen to beat Johnny Bell's 94-year-old club record of scoring in nine consecutive matches.

But it was Stewart who reacted first to meet Harkins' back-post delivery and give the hosts the lead.

Billy McKay celebrates after scoring for Inverness against Dundee
The Inverness comeback started with McKay's equaliser

Inverness should have been ahead by then, though. Josh Meekings had got on the end of a Greg Tansey corner but powered a header against the bar from six yards with goalkeeper Scott Bain stranded.

The visitors did level the contest, though, when the ball broke towards McKay, who found the right-hand corner from eight yards.

Clarkson failed to score the goal he craved and Dundee will feel disappointed after a strong performance in a thoroughly entertaining match.

But the limelight fell on Inverness substitute Christie. Watkins sent a dangerous low ball across goal, where Christie had arrived to guide a finish past Bain.

The late win demonstrated the strength and depth at John Hughes' disposal in a game where they did not hit the heights of recent performances.

Line-ups

Dundee

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Bain
  • 19McGinn
  • 4Konrad
  • 5McPake
  • 2Irvine
  • 10ThomsonSubstituted forMcBrideat 72'minutes
  • 20McAlister
  • 23BoyleSubstituted forTankulicat 63'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 29Harkins
  • 15StewartSubstituted forFerryat 40'minutesBooked at 61mins
  • 16Clarkson

Substitutes

  • 3Dyer
  • 8McBride
  • 11Ferry
  • 14Roberts
  • 21Tankulic
  • 25Schenk
  • 33Wighton

Inverness CT

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 12Brill
  • 2Raven
  • 6Meekings
  • 5Warren
  • 3Shinnie
  • 4VincentSubstituted forChristieat 72'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 8DraperSubstituted forRossat 85'minutes
  • 16Tansey
  • 19Williams
  • 15Watkins
  • 7MckaySubstituted forDoranat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 10Doran
  • 11Ross
  • 14Devine
  • 18Tremarco
  • 20Polworth
  • 22Christie
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
5,400

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home7
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee 1, Inverness CT 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee 1, Inverness CT 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Simon Ferry.

  4. Post update

    James McPake (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Foul by David Clarkson (Dundee).

  8. Post update

    David Raven (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Booking

    Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Dundee 1, Inverness CT 2. Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marley Watkins.

  11. Booking

    Luka Tankulic (Dundee) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Luka Tankulic (Dundee).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Nick Ross replaces Ross Draper.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Gary Harkins (Dundee).

  16. Post update

    Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    David Clarkson (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Gary Irvine.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Thomas Konrad (Dundee).