Scottish Championship
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Inverness CT 3-1 Queen of the South

Joe Chalmers scores
Joe Chalmers scored the second Inverness goal

Inverness Caledonian Thistle won to move level on points with Queen of the South, who dropped a place to fifth in the Scottish Championship.

Iain Vigurs headed an early goal for the Highlanders and Joe Chalmers fired their second before the break.

Stephen Dobbie missed a good chance for the visitors when they were one down and came close again after the break.

Aaron Doran struck the hosts' third before Owen Bell nodded one back for Queens - his first goal for the club.

Both sides are three points off the promotion play-off places.

Prior to the match, Queens confirmed Dobbie, 35, had signed a contract extension to stay at Palmerston next season.

Manager reaction

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Robertson: "We've got a bit of confidence about us, we're playing well.

"We've not managed to get ourselves into the pack all season. We're catching up and we're slowly catching up.

"The first thing was to try and win the game and if we won the game, we'd come level with Queen of the South. The secondary part was if we won by three goals, we'd go above them, which we didn't quite manage to hang on to.

"We've played a lot of good football but not taken our chances. The last two or three games we're starting to take our chances, we're starting to score goals and it's different people that are scoring.

"We move up one more place today so we stay within touching distance of the teams above us and that's all we can do. We can just keep winning games and hopefully stay in contention."

Queen of the South manager Gary Naysmith: "Overall, I think they were the better team.

"Stephen's first to admit he should've scored the chance. It would've got us back 1-1 and then they go right up the park and score again.

"We changed it a wee bit in the second half and we did have a good go at it. We actually finished the game quite well.

"Not a lot of pleasing things from losing 3-1 but a pleasing thing was that they kept going, they never threw in the towel.

"We got a goal back. For young Owen, he would've wished that he scored his first goal in a game that we had won but for him to get his first goal for the club, he's a local lad, it's a good moment for him.

"We're trying to strengthen but it's difficult. We need to try and strengthen."

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 28Ridgers
  • 22McKayBooked at 21mins
  • 5Warren
  • 23DonaldsonBooked at 76mins
  • 16Calder
  • 10Doran Cogan
  • 11VigursBooked at 74minsSubstituted forTraffordat 78'minutes
  • 7Polworth
  • 4Chalmers
  • 20BellSubstituted forBairdat 72'minutes
  • 14Oakley

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 9Baird
  • 15Mulraney
  • 17Seedorf
  • 24Trafford
  • 27Mackay
  • 32Brown

Queen of Sth

  • 20Leighfield
  • 2RooneyBooked at 74mins
  • 15Kerr
  • 5Brownlie
  • 24Mercer
  • 17MurraySubstituted forFergussonat 63'minutes
  • 12Thomson
  • 8Rankin
  • 25DykesBooked at 41minsSubstituted forBeermanat 63'minutes
  • 11Dobbie
  • 10KaneSubstituted forBellat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Martin
  • 18Fergusson
  • 19Bell
  • 22Akubuine
  • 23Beerman
  • 26Gourlay
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
2,209

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamQueen of Sth
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 3, Queen of the South 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inverness CT 3, Queen of the South 1.

Coll Donaldson (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Mercer (Queen of the South).

Attempt missed. Jason Kerr (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Liam Polworth (Inverness CT).

Myles Beerman (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aaron Doran (Inverness CT).

Joe Chalmers (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joseph Thomson (Queen of the South).

Attempt missed. George Oakley (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 3, Queen of the South 1. Owen Bell (Queen of the South) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Myles Beerman.

Attempt saved. John Baird (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Riccardo Calder.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Charlie Trafford replaces Iain Vigurs.

Attempt saved. Myles Beerman (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Coll Donaldson (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Coll Donaldson (Inverness CT).

Shaun Rooney (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Shaun Rooney (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.

Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Shaun Rooney (Queen of the South).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. John Baird replaces Connor Bell.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Owen Bell replaces Christopher Kane.

Attempt missed. Jason Kerr (Queen of the South) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Liam Polworth (Inverness CT).

Myles Beerman (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Myles Beerman (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Liam Polworth (Inverness CT).

John Rankin (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Shaun Rooney (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aaron Doran (Inverness CT).

Attempt saved. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Myles Beerman replaces Lyndon Dykes.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Ross Fergusson replaces Connor Murray.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Gary Warren.

Coll Donaldson (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christopher Kane (Queen of the South).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1St Mirren22153441231848
2Dundee Utd2112453023740
3Dunfermline2196637241333
4Livingston209653124733
5Queen of Sth218673430430
6Inverness CT228682925430
7Morton207762721628
8Dumbarton214891528-1320
9Falkirk214892034-1420
10Brechin2104171648-324
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