Inverness vs St Mirren by Neuro
After three consecutive defeats in December, Inverness opened the New Year with much improved performance, visiting Ross County and taking a 3:1 convincing victory. After three games in which they failed to score a single goal, they now entered the game strongly from the beginning, opening the lead in 27th minute with a goal from Doran.
Same player wrote 2:0 at the start of the second half, just to see his team getting reduced two minutes later, but McKay sealed the victory with the third goal in 73rd minute. It was a very open game from both teams and the result could have been different on the other day, but no doubt that the visiting side played much better in offense than in previous couple of games. They kept the fifth position, but now with only five points away from the first placed Aberdeen, which means that nothing is lost for them for now, as all European ticket positions remains reachable. After two consecutive defeats at home, they now want to bounce back with a victory here and continue their climbing at the table. Midfielder Ross Draper returns to the team as he served his two games suspension. Team captain Richie Foran continues with rehabilitation from long-term knee injury, but the hosts will have full squad to choose from apart him.
St Mirren didn't manage to build up on their previous victory on the road, when the team knocked Dundee with a 3:1 result a week ago, as the team suffered 1:2 loss at home against Kilmarnock on Thursday evening. However, it has to be said that the hosts weren't a poorer side during the match, on contrary, even though they were playing with a man less during thirteen crucial minutes in the second half when midfielder McClean got straight red card.
As said, hosts weren't outplayed, having more of the ball possession and chances created, but the visitors were lucky to get a lead via penalty kick in 54th minute by Eremenko and to double up the lead from another penalty in 85th minute by Slater, while they had a man more on the field. In the last moments of the game, Wylde reduced the deficit to 2:1, also from the penalty kick. This was their ninth defeat at home in ten matches in league, as the team seems to be playing a bit better on the road, where they have less pressure. Still, it's far from desirable level, as the team has only a point more than rock bottom placed Ross County. Visiting side will have midfielder Kenny McLean in their side, as the club appealed on his red card received on Thursday evening. Caretaker manager Gary Teale won't be able to count at Ellis Plummer who returned to Manchester City after one year loan has ended. Striker Steven Thompson is also available, after completing suspension ban.
Caley Thistle beat St Mirren 4:0 at home in the Scottish Cup replay last month and are big favorites to get another victory now. Coming from a three pointer on the road, they should approach this game with better mentality and should have no problems overcoming the opponent this time either.