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Inverness CT 1-1 Ross County

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland at the Caledonian Stadium

A second-half own goal by Gary Warren earned a vital point for Ross County to prevent home side Inverness going second in the Scottish Premiership.

Marley Watkins broke the deadlock with a superb curling effort low past Antonio Reguero to break the deadlock.

County levelled when Warren appeared to touch home a Jackson Irvine cross under pressure from substitute Jake Jervis.

But Inverness will be furious after Watkins appeared to be clipped in the box by Reguero with the goal gaping.

Home manager John Hughes appeared to change his set-up to accommodate conditions and it proved effective in the first half.

He had to solve the conundrum of the loss of his star striker Billy McKay to Wigan.

Watkins was advanced to McKay's normal role and he took to it superbly as demonstrated by the opening goal.

Marley Watkins celebrates his goal for Inverness
Marley Watkins celebrates his sweetly struck opening goal for Inverness

The pitch seemed to contribute to County players being unable to gather the ball.

Watkins picked up and showed great desire and confidence to curl the ball beautifully away from Reguero's despairing dive, a rare moment of quality on a difficult surface that had passed a morning inspection.

Dingwall had an earlier opportunity to put the visitors in front when he gathered inside the box.

He had time from around 12 yards but could not find the angle to beat Esson who blocked well with his legs.

It was a first half of few chances but the home side took confidence from their goal and were on the front foot after the break.

Tenacious play by Watkins on the right gave Williams the opportunity to strike from a central position inside the area.

His shot was blocked away for a corner when he possibly should have done better.

Jake Jervis and Gary Warren go for the ball
Inverness defender Gary Warren tries to clear the ball under pressure from Jake Jervis as County equalise

Warren then used his considerable frame to muscle his way through a packed six-yard box, but his header was blocked a yard or so from goal.

Meekings then had an opportunity from another corner, but agonised as his drive was kicked off the line to safety.

However, County demonstrated real character and hauled themselves level.

Irvine gathered on the right and surged up the wing with real determination.

His cross was searching and perfectly weighted for the on-rushing Jervis but it looked like the unfortunate Warren was last to make contact with the ball.

As County went for the winner, Graham Carey put the striker in on the left hand side but with only Esson to beat he cracked his shot wide.

Greg Tansey came close with a curling free-kick which Reguero covered well but there was a big call for referee John Beaton with just a minute to go.

Boyd hesitated as the ball held up in the mud. Watkins nipped in and beat Reguero to the ball.

It appeared that Watkins was left with a tap-in but he went down and the referee said no penalty.

Pictures revealed that Reguero had indeed clipped Watkins and he struggled to retain his balance before tumbling.

It should have been a penalty and may have given Inverness the chance to go clear in second place.

County will feel grateful for Beaton's generosity but will also feel they deserved something from a battling performance.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Esson
  • 18Tremarco
  • 5WarrenBooked at 25mins
  • 6Meekings
  • 2Raven
  • 16TanseyBooked at 62minsSubstituted forDoranat 88'minutes
  • 8Draper
  • 3Shinnie
  • 11RossBooked at 53minsSubstituted forChristieat 77'minutes
  • 19Williams
  • 15Watkins

Substitutes

  • 4Vincent
  • 10Doran
  • 14Devine
  • 17Horner
  • 20Polworth
  • 22Christie
  • 31Mackay

Ross County

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Reguero
  • 44Fraser
  • 43Quinn
  • 5Boyd
  • 12Reckord
  • 30DingwallSubstituted forCareyat 66'minutes
  • 10KissSubstituted forPalazuelosat 62'minutes
  • 36Irvine
  • 26Woods
  • 16BoyceBooked at 78mins
  • 11CurranSubstituted forJervisat 75'minutesBooked at 78mins

Substitutes

  • 6Saunders
  • 9Jervis
  • 17Ross
  • 21Brown
  • 22Palazuelos
  • 23Carey
  • 24De Vita
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
4,021

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Inverness CT 1, Ross County 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Inverness CT 1, Ross County 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Boyce (Ross County) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Danny Williams (Inverness CT).

  6. Post update

    Marcus Fraser (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Christie (Inverness CT).

  8. Post update

    Jamie Reckord (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Aaron Doran replaces Greg Tansey.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jackson Irvine (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jackson Irvine (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).

  13. Post update

    Paul Quinn (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

  15. Booking

    Jake Jervis (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Booking

    Liam Boyce (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Liam Boyce (Ross County).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jake Jervis (Ross County) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Ryan Christie replaces Nick Ross.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic22163343123151
2Aberdeen23153537211648
3Inverness CT24153635221348
4Dundee Utd23143646301645
5Hamilton2512493932740
6St Johnstone24104102125-434
7Dundee258983738-133
8Kilmarnock2384112330-728
9Partick Thistle2367103228425
10St Mirren2553172041-2118
11Motherwell2453161646-3018
12Ross County2326152145-2412
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