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  1. The Dee travelled up north to face Inverness CT today. Aaron Doran scored for the Caley jags opened the scoring in the 16th minute. The Dark Blues huffed and puffed but could not find an equaliser. Inverness CT 1 - 0 Dundee
  2. How did you rate James McPake's team selection, substitutions and performance today?
  3. A debut goal for new signing Danny Johnson was enough to secure the victory and passage into the last 16 and dump the away side out of the cup.
  4. Cammy Kerr expecting a tough game as Inverness visit Dens for a second time this season.
  5. James McPake prepares for Inverness CT before league business start next Friday.
  6. This was a game where the two defences played their part today, as Dundee huffed and puffed to find the goal. Both sides coming close through out the game, but without making either keeper really work. Dundee 0 - 0 Inverness CT
  7. The ref against Inverness was David Munro. How did you rate his performance in this game?
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  9. We travel up North for our Scottish cup replay against Inverness CT tomorrow. The Dark Blues drew 2-2 in our last encounter with them, Dundee coming back from an early goal and conceding a late goal which earned the visitors a replay. There will be an inspection at 12pm tomorrow. Fixture Details: Fixture: Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Dundee Competition: William Hill Scottish Cup 4th Round replay Date: Tuesday 30th January 2018 Kick-off: 7.45pm Venue: Tulloch Caledonian Stadium Ticketing Information Tickets are now on sale for the William Hill Scottish Cup replay against Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Tuesday 30th January. Advance purchase will see a reduced rate prices and free tickets for Under 16s. Ticket prices: Adult: £20, advance purchase £15 Concession (Over 65 & 16-25): £10, advance purchase £5 Junior( Under 16):£5, advance purchase £FREE Advance purchase available up to 5pm on Monday 29th January. Not restricted to Season ticket holders only. Tickets are available from the ticket office in Dundee Direct, in person or by phone on 01382 889966 (Option 1) Fans who wish to buy online can do so via Inverness Caledonian Thistle website –www.eticketing.co.uk/ictfc/
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  11. The club has confirmed the ticket prices and date for our William Hill Scottish Cup tie against Inverness CT. The Dark Blues will head north on Tuesday 30th January for the Scottish Cup Replay at the windy Caledonian Stadium. If you are travelling to the game, wrap and check the weather forecasts before leaving, as there could be more snow and icy conditions on the road. Ticket Information Advance purchase will see a reduced rate prices and free tickets for Under 16s. Ticket prices are as follows: Adult: £20, advance purchase £15, Concession (Over 65 & 16-25): £10, advance purchase £5, Junior( Under 16): £5, advance purchase are FREE, Advance purchase available up to 5pm on Monday 29th January. Not restricted to Season ticket holders only. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday 24th at 10am from the ticket office, in person or by phone on 01382 889966 (Option 1) Fans who wish to buy online can do so via Inverness Caley Thistle website – www.eticketing.co.uk/ictfc/
  12. Both managers made three changes. For the Dee Darren O’Dea returned from suspension, Kevin Holt was available after being injured last week and Henrik Ojamaa came in for his debut. They replaced Nick Ross and Craig Wighton, who were on the bench, and Kosta Gadzhalov. New signing Marc Klok was named as a substitute. Caley Thistle brought in Ryan Esson in goal, replacing Owain Fon Williams, Billy King and Jamie McCart, who was playing his first Premiership match. Liam Polworth and Brad McKay dropped onto the bench. With a horrible, cold wind howling around the ground both teams struggled to control the ball, with both defences having trouble dealing with the conditions. Caley Thistle were unfortunate not to take an early lead when Henri Anier’s vollyed cross was headed against Scott Bain’s post by Carl Tremarco. The Dark Blues had a further scare when a quick free kick sent Billy McKay clear and his cross struck Darren O’Dea and bounced into the net. To the relief of every Dee the linesman’s flag signalled that McKay had been offside. Dundee had threatened occasionally on the break, and Mark O’Hara pulled his shot wide from a good position after Marcus Haber had set him up. Henri Anier had an even better chance for Caley Thistle when Tremarco found him in space 10 yards out, but a great save by Scott Bain foiled him. The Dark Blues gradually settled and started to come to terms with the wind. Increasingly they were able to find players in space as they probed the home defence. The opening goal came after 36 minutes with a neat move that carved Caley Thistle open. Kevin Holt burst infield from the left wing, pulling home players out of position. He found Tom Hateley in space and he swept the ball out to Cammy Kerr, who had time to swing over a perfect cross for Marcus HABER to score with a close range header at the far post. Three minutes from half time Darren O’DEA put the Dee two goals ahead, losing his marker with a run to the near post where he headed home Tom Hateley’s corner. Dundee started the second half pressing the home defence, but when Caley Thistle broke away they were able to keep the Dee under sustained pressure over a five minute spell that ended with a goal. Scott Bain beat away Billy King’s free kick then pushed Iain Vigur’s 18 yard shot round the post. Caley Thistle had a series of corners, which caused the Dundee defence problems in the strong wind. As one of these was coming over the referee Mr Walsh spotted Julen Etxabeguren pushing Billy McKay and pointed to the spot. MCKAY took the penalty himself and rolled the ball home with Bain going the wrong way. Dundee responded well and almost scored immediately. Henrik Ojamaa played the ball across goal and Paul McGowan fired against the post from eight yards. Just after the hour Caley Thistle had a controversial escape when Mark O’Hara showed neat skill to beat Tremarco on the right and run along the byline. His cross was met on the volley by Ojamaa, but Gary Warren managed to scoop the ball away, with the Dundee players claiming it had already crossed the goalline. Tom Hateley sent his follow up shot past the post. As play swept from end to end only a fine double save by Scott Bain kept the Dee in the lead after Billy King’s cut back. First he blocked Ross Draper’s shot and then Iain Vigurs’ follow up. Within a minute Dundee should have put the game out of Caley Thistle’s reach when Ojamaa sent McGowan clear, but with only the keeper to beat the Dee midfielder sent his shot over the bar. Dundee were looking dangerous on the break, but gave away a soft penalty when there seemed no real danger. Etxabeguren misjudged a high ball and clumsily came over the top of Henri Anier as they jumped. Billy McKay sent his second spot kick exactly the same way as his first, but this time Scott Bain pulled off a great low save. With 12 minutes left were again caught out in the wind when a long ball allowed Billy McKay ran clear. Bain saved his shot, but Greg TANSEY followed up to equalise. The game opened up towards the end as both sides tried hard to grab a late winner. Marc Klok and Faissal El Bakhtaoui came on for Tom Hateley and Henrik Ojamaa. No sooner was he on the field than El Bakhtaoui had a shot charged down following a clever move on the left by Haber and Holt. Dundee were looking the more dangerous side in the final few minutes. Paul McGowan’s pressing almost forced a winner in the last minutes of injury time. David Raven’s hurried backpass had to be handled by Ryan Essson to stop the ball running past him and setting up an open goal for McGowan. The referee awarded an indirect free kick, which McGowan touched sideways for Marc Klok, whose shot was blocked. This was definitely a case of two points lost today. Without playing particularly well in the first half the Dee had managed to create what should have been a winning lead. In the second half the Dundee defence often looked vulnerable, especially when the ball was swirling around in the strong, gusting wind. Nevertheless, the Dark Blues created some very good chances and should really have clinched the points regardless of the conditions. Inverness Caledonian Thistle 4-4-2 Esson Raven, McCart, Warren, Tremarco King (Polworth 85), Draper, Tansey, Vigurs (Mulraney 85) Anier, Billy McKay Unused subs: Fon Williams (gk), Ebbe, Boden, Brad McKay, Cole. Goals: Billy McKay (52 pen), Tansey (78). Booked: Billy McKay (dissent), Tremarco (foul on O’Dea). Dundee FC 3-5-2 Bain Etxabeguren, Gomis, O’Dea (c) Kerr, Hateley (Klok 83), O’Hara, McGowan, Holt Ojamaa (El Bakhtaoui 85), Haber Unused subs: Mitchell (gk), Vincent, Williams, Ross, Wighton. Goals: Haber (36), O’Dea (42). Booked: O’Dea (foul on King), Etxabeguren (foul on McKay), McGowan (foul on King) . Attendance: 2,606. Referee: Nick Walsh. Assistants: Michael Banks, Gary Hilland. Fourth official: Ryan Milne. Report: James Christie.
  13. Dundee sent out the same players that drew against Kilmarnock on Wednesday. Unusually both clubs were unchanged, even down to the substitutes. The match started in typically low key end of season style, and never really sprang to life for the remainder of the first half. Caley Thistle dominated possession for the first 15 minutes, without truly imposing themselves on the game. Dundee barely got out of first gear, or indeed their own half, during this lengthy overture to the proceedings. The Dee were happy to contain their hosts and gradually work their way into a passing groove. Once the Dark Blues started to hold the ball and build patient moves they looked much more dangerous than Caley Thistle, who made life difficult for themselves with repeated carelessness in possession. Sloppy defending gave Rory Loy a shooting opportunity from the edge of the penalty area, but he flashed his shot wide. Greg Stewart went much closer, curling an 18 yard shot off the crossbar following a smart break involving Loy and Kane Hemmings. Hemmings might have done better than whipping a 12 yard shot a yard over the bar from Paul McGinn's cut back. The Dee full back was next to have a go. After robbing Greg Tansey on the half way line he kept running through a defence that was more concerned with marking other Dees than stopping the run. McGinn got to within 15 yards of goal before unleashing a fierce shot that Fon Williams did well to parry. Caley Thistle were finding it increasingly difficult to unsettle the Dark Blue defence. Scott Bain was twice called into action from long distance efforts by Tansey, but each time the powerful shot was directly into his midriff. Caley Thistle brought more urgency to their game after the break without unduly troubling the Dee at first. Stewart curled in a brisk free kick from the right that Fon Williams managed to punch away for a corner under pressure. The Dark Blues were looking comfortable and composed, and seemed favourites to go on and win the game. But with an hour on the clock the Dark Blues switched off and dropped completely out of the game. The collapse started when Miles STOREY was allowed to run clear, take the ball round Bain and score. If that stunned the small but noisy band of Dundee supporters what happened in the remaining half hour was poor reward for their long trip up the A9. Calvin Colquhoun had been having a tidy match in central midfield alongside Nick Ross. He was withdrawn and Arturo came on to try and rescue the match. Although Stewart and Loy were playing slightly deeper, the midfield struggled for the remainder of the game, disappearing altogether at times. Danny DEVINE added the second after 68 minutes, forcing the ball into the net after a corner had been flicked on at the near post. Straight from the kick off the normally calm and composed Nick Ross lost the ball to Ross DRAPER, who had little trouble running on to shoot past the helpless Bain. The Dark Blues' cause wasn't helped when Greg Stewart and Paul McGinn, who had been two of their better players, were forced off with injuries, to be replaced by Jesse Curran and Andy Black, who took up the right back position. Substitute Richie Foran almost added a fourth with a powerful header, but Bain saved well. FORAN got his goal seven minutes from time from the penalty spot after substitute Andy Black had tripped Liam Polworth. Caley Thistle were completely in control against a listless Dark Blue side in the last half hour. Inverness didn't have to play particularly well to earn their goals, but they were the only team showing any real energy and determination. In one of Dundee's very few attacks after the opening goal Fon Williams saved well from Craig Wighton after Arturo's drive into the penalty area just before the end. The final whistle couldn't come quickly enough for a Dundee side who failed to raise their game and offer even a hint of a comeback once the game started to run away from them. This might have been an end of season match, but that is no excuse for a very poor second half performance. Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC 4-2-3-1 Owain Fon Williams Meekings (Raven 72), Warren (c), Devine, Tremarco Draper, Tansey Polworth, Vigurs, Danny Williams (Ryan Williams 76) Storey (Foran 66) Unused subs: Esson (gk), Roberts, Horner, Mutombo. Goals: Storey (61), Devine (68), Draper (69), Foran (83 pen) Booked: none. Dundee FC 4-4-2 Bain McGinn (Black 77), Etxabeguren, O'Dea (c), Holt Stewart (Curran 76), Colquhoun (Arturo 66), Ross, Wighton Hemmings, Loy Unused subs: Mitchell (gk), Meggatt, Gadzhalov. Booked: Black (foul on Polwarth) Referee: Barry Cook. Assistants: Stephen Mitchell, Anthony Cooper. Fourth official: Kevin Graham . Attendance: 2,974 Report: James Christie
  14. Dundee made three changes from last week's game against Celtic. Kyle Letheren played in goal, replacing the injured Scott Bain. Greg Stewart and Paul McGowan returned, taking the place of Alex Harris and Simon Ferry. The Dark Blues started promisingly and quickly had Caley Thistle under pressure with good passing and movement. The visitors gave the ball away several times in a ragged opening as Dundee's pressing forced mistakes. Luka Tankulic had the first shot after two minutes, cracking a 22 yard shot wide following a good move After the bright start it was disappointing to see the Dee concede a simple goal after eight minutes when Caley Thistle's first attack won a corner. It was taken short for Tansey to cross, and Edward OFERE guided his header into the bottom corner. The goal settled Caley Thistle, who had their best spell of the half in the five minutes after the goal. For a briedf spell it looked like they might show their true form and take charge. However, Dundee kept passing and attacking patiently, dominating the rest of the half. They seemed to have got their reward when Greg Stewart's header beat Esson only for Devine to execute a spectacular overhead clearance on the goal line. Dundee kept pressing and attacking imaginatively. Caley Thistle were defending very well and had to keep their wits about them to maintain their lead. A Dyer cross found McAlister whose header was blocked. Dundee took the corner short and Stewart's fierce angled shot was turned round the post by Esson. Dundee might have been doing more of the attacking but Caley Thistle always looked dangerous on the break. A fast break down the right ended with Ofere whipping over a low cross that was just out of Watkins' reach. The Dark Blues should have equalised when they had three attackers advancing against two defenders. Tankulic should have done better, allowing Meekings to block the final pass aimed for McAlister. Five minutes before the break some frantic pressure ended with McPake being fouled just outside the penalty area. Esson pulled off a great save from Stewart's free kick and McPake headed the resulting corner over the bar. Caley Thistle had the last attempt of the half when Ryan Christie sent a header from wide of the far post straight at Letheren. Dundee passed up another great opportunity at the start of the second half. The visitors' defence misjudged a long clearance from Letheren. Again Dundee had three against two. Tankulic sent McAlister clear into the penalty area, only for the midfielder to get the ball caught up in his feet and hit a weak shot straight to Esson. Caley Thistle started to sit deeper, but continued to threaten with fast breaks. A good run down the left by Williams ended with Konrad having to clear over his own crossbar. However, the real story of the second half was Inverness's defensive discipline, which gradually wore down the Dark Blues' attacking. This was a day when Caley Thistle couldn't get their fast running and passing game going, but they more than compensated with dogged determination. Paul McGowan was a dynamo in the midfield, winning the ball and building attacks. But sadly the Dark Blues couldn't sustain the intensity of their first half attacks. The passing that had been confident and assured at times started to look rushed and hopeful. Ten minutes from time Caley Thistle again had to call on Ryan Esson to preserve their lead. Following a corner Dundee had a prolonged spell of pressure. Kevin Thomson crossed to the far post and James McPake's header seemed sure to find the net only for Esson to make a fantastic low save. Dundee threw on Craig Wighton and Gary Harkins for closing stages, and did manage to put Caley Thistle under pressure. However, the home side couldn't fashion any more chances. The visitors defended soundly right to the final whistle to confirm their qualification for European competition. The Dark Blues had enough good chances to win today, but carelessness at both ends of the park cost them even a single point. A feature of the match was some remarkably tolerant refereeing. Mr Robertson preferred to lecture offenders rather than flashing his cards. Perhaps as a result the game was badly disrupted by endless fouling by both sides and Dundee's midfield and forwards struggled to handle some robust treatment by the visitors. Although Dundee defended well for the most part that counted for little when momentary slackness proved decisive. The Dark Blues offered plenty of promise, in the first hour at least, but this was a day when the Dark Blues yet again failed to find the vital spark they needed to end their poor run. Dundee FC 4-2-3-1 Letheren Paul McGinn, McPake, Konrad, Dyer Stephen McGinn (Wighton 75), Thomson (Harkins 81) McGowan, McAlister, Stewart Tankulic Unused subs: Brodie (gk), Clarkson, Colquhoun, Irvine, Ferry Booked: Thomason (foul on Watkins) Inverness CT FC 4-4-2 Esson Meekings, Devine, Warren, Shinnie Tansey (Tremarco 80), Williams (Doran 75), Draper, Christie Watkins (Vincent 62), Ofere Unused subs: MacKay (gk), Raven, Ross, Kink Goal: Ofere (8) Booked: Williams (foul on Thomson), Devine (foul on McGowan) Referee: Don Robertson Attendance: 5,123 (240 away fans) Report: James Christie
  15. The Dark Blues made one change from the side that faced Aberdeen; Greg Stewart returned to the starting eleven and Alex Harris dropped onto the bench. In a dull first half the play was as broken up as a pitch that looked in need of some loving care after a long winter. Both sides had early efforts from free kicks that posed little danger. Caley Thistle were the more effective side, unsettling the Dee with some energetic pressing. However, neither side were able to get a consistent fluent passing game going on the bumpy pitch. After 17 minutes Gary Warren misdirected a back header from a Tansey free kick, and that was the nearest thing to a half chance in the first half. Caley Thistle had a few efforts from distance. Both Tansey and Doran sent their shots straight at an unruffled Bain. Doran did better with a dangerous, fizzing 20 yard shot that Bain was happy to beat away for a corner after a fast Caley Thistle attack; by far the best piece of football in a turgid 45 minutes. The Dark Blues struggled to build attacks throughout the half and home keeper Esson had little to do. Caley Thistle were also trying to build from the back but looked most dangerous when their hard working pressing forced mistakes in the Dundee midfield. The match sprang into life after half time with both teams at last finding a cutting edge. The Dark Blues raised their game and managed to put together some effective passing moves and took the lead from one. Greg Stewart had switched over to the right, burst into the penalty area and found Paul McGowan, who laid the ball off for David CLARKSON to break his barren spell with a low drive from 12 yards. Frustratingly the Dark Blues lost concentration to concede an immediate equaliser. Ross's low cross from the right was missed by Watkins and the whole Dundee defence. The ball found its way through to Graeme SHINNIE, coming in from the left. He took a touch and rifled a low shot across Bain and inside the far post. That was the last slip from the Dark Blues' defence who looked solid for the remainder of the game. A few minutes after the goals James McPake had to leave the pitch following a knock to his knee. Iain Davidson replaced him and settled into his defensive role comfortably. Dundee were the more composed side for the last half hour, but Caley Thistle looked dangerous from a couple of long balls. The first long punt allowed Doran to find space on the left, but shot wide of the near post. Watkins then won another high ball from the back, knocking it into space between Ofere and Bain. The Caley Thistle substitute nudged it past Bain, only for the ball to bounce outside the post. The Dark Blues went straight up the field and substitute Jim McAlister whipped a first time shot just wide after a good build up by Stewart. In the last 10 minutes the game opened up in exciting fashion as both teams tried their hardest to take all the points. Dundee looked the more dangerous team because of their greater composure in possession. Caley Thistle were usually too eager to get forward quickly and gave the ball away too often when the attacked. In the end a draw was a fair result. Dundee improved the longer the game went on, and by the end were looking a much better team than in a first half when only the defence did themselves justice. The loss of an equaliser so soon after taking the lead was particularly disappointing in a game with few chances and in which the Dark Blues' defence was looking very capable of keeping a clean sheet. Nevertheless, a deserved draw away to the club in third place is a good result in Dundee's first season back in the Premiership and leaves them very much in contention for a top six place. Inverness CT FC 4-3-2-1 Esson Raven, Warren, Meekings, Shinnie Tansey, Ross (Kink 82), Draper Christie (Ofere 62), Doran Watkins Unused subs: Brill (gk), Vincent, Devine, Williams, Polworth Goal: Shinnie (54) Booked: Tansey (foul on Clarkson) Dundee FC 4-2-3-1 Bain Paul McGinn, McPake (Davidson 61), Konrad, Dyer Ferry (McAlister 69), Thomson McGowan, Stephen McGinn, Stewart Clarkson (Harris 81) Unused subs: Letheren (gk), Gadzhalov, Wighton, Heffernan Goal: Clarkson (52) Booked: McGowan (goal celebration), Dyer (foul on Draper) Referee: Willie Collum Attendance: 3,362 (580 Dees) Report: James Christie
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