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Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3-1 Dundee

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland at the Caledonian Stadium
Liam Polworth scores
Liam Polworth scored Caley Thistle's third goal

Inverness Caledonian Thistle claimed their second Scottish Premiership win of the season as Dundee left the Highlands without a point.

Lonsana Doumbouya netted his first Inverness goal early on and Greg Tansey's penalty doubled the hosts' lead.

Liam Polworth's effort all but settled the match after the break.

However, Nicky Low reduced Dundee's deficit with an impressive free-kick late in the match.

Clinical Caley

There was a confidence about the home side off the back of a three-game unbeaten run.

For the opener, Brad McKay's cross from the right was accuracy itself, thrown in with the pace to allow Doumbouya to brilliantly glance the ball into the corner beyond Scott Bain.

Tansey was typically clinical with his penalty finish after Julen Extabeguren was adjudged to have barged Billy King in the box

The killer third arrived early in the second half with Dundee pressing. McKay got the break of the ball and fed Polworth, who ran in on Bain and slotted calmly into the corner.

Inverness celebrate
McKay and Tansey celebrate the latter's goal

Dundee's defensive woes

There's no question Dundee are threatening going forward but just could not find a route past Owain Fon Williams until Low's curling free-kick from the inside-right channel.

The goalkeeper was superb last week against Celtic and pulled off a crucial first-half block from Cammy Kerr at 2-0.

Faissal El Bakhtoui had a number of efforts from distance and Paul McGowan was unfortunate to see a shot deflected wide before the third Inverness goal.

Defensively, they perhaps need to be a bit more solid with all three Inverness goals requiring more authority at the back from Dundee.

Kevin Holt almost cost them a fourth with a terrible back-pass but Bain bailed him out, saving from Jake Mulraney who ought to have netted.

Paul Hartley's men will need to be better at the back and more clinical when chances come their way, with Celtic next to visit Dens Park.

Dundee players
Dundee have taken six from a possible 21 points this season

Foran seeing progress

Question marks were raised very early this season when Inverness started poorly but they are now moving up the table.

One negative might be a couple of challenges by Doumbouya. He ended the game with a booking in addition to his goal but may have also picked up a red card had referee Kevin Clancy not shown leniency.

But, overall, manager Richie Foran can reflect on a fine afternoon's work.

What the managers said

Inverness CT manager Richie Foran: "We're going in the right direction. I thought we were ruthless in front of goal today. That's what we've been looking for.

"Good results breed confidence. We're climbing that table, looking up now. We've been through our bad patch. We didn't let it affect us.

"We were mentally strong and now we're starting to look good but I still believe there's a lot more to come from us."

Dundee manager Paul Hartley: "It was a poor performance. The goals we lost were poor on our part.

"As a team we've got to be better, show more desire. I didn't think we offered enough in terms of the final third.

"As a team we didn't play well. There's not many players with pass marks today. It was our performance today that let us down."

Line-ups

Inverness CT

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 22McKay
  • 5WarrenBooked at 75mins
  • 6Meekings
  • 3Tremarco
  • 7Polworth
  • 16Tansey
  • 15MulraneySubstituted forColeat 87'minutes
  • 8Draper
  • 20KingSubstituted forDoran Coganat 76'minutes
  • 26DoumbouyaBooked at 48minsSubstituted forFisherat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Doran Cogan
  • 11Vigurs
  • 18Fisher
  • 19Boden
  • 21Sutherland
  • 29Cole
  • 31Mackay

Dundee

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Bain
  • 30Kerr
  • 16EtxabegurenBooked at 63mins
  • 6O'Dea
  • 3Holt
  • 7HateleySubstituted forLoyat 55'minutes
  • 17RossBooked at 54minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 76'minutes
  • 10DuffySubstituted forTeijsseat 61'minutes
  • 18McGowan
  • 8LowBooked at 86mins
  • 20El Bakhtaoui

Substitutes

  • 4Vincent
  • 9Loy
  • 11Williams
  • 12Mitchell
  • 19Teijsse
  • 26Gadzhalov
  • 33Wighton
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
2,884

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Inverness CT 3, Dundee 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Inverness CT 3, Dundee 1.

  3. Post update

    Larnell Cole (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Yordi Teijsse (Dundee).

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Danny Williams (Dundee) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Yordi Teijsse (Dundee) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Carl Tremarco.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Larnell Cole replaces Jake Mulraney.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Booking

    Nicky Low (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Low (Dundee).

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Inverness CT 3, Dundee 1. Nicky Low (Dundee) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Josh Meekings (Inverness CT).

  15. Post update

    Rory Loy (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Jake Mulraney (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Darren O'Dea (Dundee).

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gary Warren (Inverness CT) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Danny Williams.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alex Fisher (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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