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Craig Thomson decides to take a short corner.
David Templeton takes a short corner.
Kevin Kyle fouled by Stuart Golabek, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Thomson crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Ryan Esson.
Headed effort from inside the area by Kevin Kyle misses to the left of the target.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jonathan Hayes.
Richie Foran takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Brilliant save by Marian Kello.
Richie Foran is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Marian Kello.
David Templeton concedes a free kick for a foul on David Proctor. David Templeton booked. Direct free kick taken by Ross Tokely.
Free kick taken by David Obua.
Nick Ross goes off and Shane Sutherland comes on.
Foul by Grant Munro on Suso Santana, free kick awarded. Suso Santana goes off and David Obua comes on.
Jonathan Hayes fouled by Eggert Jonsson, the ref awards a free kick. Jonathan Hayes crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Kevin Kyle.
Richie Foran replaces Eric Odhiambo.
Chris Innes goes off and Stuart Golabek comes on.
Adam Rooney has a drilled shot. Blocked by Ismael Bouzid.
Eric Odhiambo fouled by Darren Barr, the ref awards a free kick. Stuart Duff restarts play with the free kick.
Calum Elliot scores a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Inverness CT 1-3 Hearts.The assist for the goal came from Suso Santana.
Shot by Stuart Duff from just outside the area goes over the net.
Ruben Palazuelos goes off and Adrian Mrowiec comes on.
Jonathan Hayes takes a corner.
Shot by Adam Rooney. Blocked by Ismael Bouzid.
Foul by David Proctor on David Templeton, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ruben Palazuelos.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stuart Duff on David Templeton. Ruben Palazuelos takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jonathan Hayes from the right by-line, Ismael Bouzid makes a clearance.
Adam Rooney takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Ruben Palazuelos gets a block in.
Shot by Nick Ross from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Ryan Stevenson finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top right corner of the goal. Inverness CT 1-2 Hearts.The assist for the goal came from Kevin Kyle.
Outswinging corner taken by Craig Thomson, Ross Tokely makes a clearance.
Adam Rooney crosses the ball.
Corner taken short by Suso Santana.
Curled right-footed shot by David Templeton. Blocked by Grant Munro.
Adam Rooney is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ismael Bouzid takes the indirect free kick.
Craig Thomson takes the inswinging corner, Lee Cox makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Jonathan Hayes by David Templeton results in a free kick. Stuart Duff takes the direct free kick.
Shot from 20 yards from David Templeton. Save by Ryan Esson.
Jonathan Hayes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Templeton. The referee cautions Jonathan Hayes for unsporting behaviour. Chris Innes heads into his own net. Inverness CT 1-1 Hearts.The assist for the goal came from David Templeton.
Unfair challenge on David Templeton by Jonathan Hayes results in a free kick. Jonathan Hayes goes into the book. The ball is crossed by David Templeton, Kevin Kyle finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Inverness CT 1-1 Hearts.Assist by David Templeton.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Thomson from the right by-line, Grant Munro makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Eggert Jonsson by Stuart Duff results in a free kick. Ruben Palazuelos takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Craig Thomson from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Kevin Kyle goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Lee Cox concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Stevenson. Craig Thomson shoots direct from the free kick, save by Ryan Esson.
A goal is scored by Eric Odhiambo from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Inverness CT 1-0 Hearts.Assist by Stuart Duff.
Kevin Kyle replaces Ian Black.
Shot from 12 yards from Adam Rooney. Save made by Marian Kello.
Corner taken by Craig Thomson from the left by-line, David Proctor manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eggert Jonsson by Stuart Duff. Stuart Duff booked for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Marian Kello.
Eggert Jonsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Rooney. Centre by Jonathan Hayes, Chris Innes takes a shot. Save made by Marian Kello.
Shot by Craig Thomson. Save by Ryan Esson.
Corner taken right-footed by Stuart Duff from the left by-line, Close range strike by Chris Innes goes over the bar.
Eric Odhiambo challenges Ian Black unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ismael Bouzid takes the direct free kick.
Adam Rooney fouled by Ruben Palazuelos, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Adam Rooney.
Ryan Stevenson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
Ryan Stevenson fouled by Chris Innes, the ref awards a free kick. Ruben Palazuelos takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Stuart Duff from the left by-line played to the near post, save by Marian Kello.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Stevenson on Ross Tokely. Ryan Esson takes the free kick.
Ruben Palazuelos concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Hayes. Ruben Palazuelos goes into the referee's book. The ball is delivered by Jonathan Hayes, Adam Rooney takes a shot. Comfortable save by Marian Kello.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Proctor on David Templeton. Ruben Palazuelos takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Nick Ross by Craig Thomson results in a free kick. Grant Munro takes the direct free kick.
Effort from 20 yards by David Templeton. Comfortable save by Ryan Esson.
Suso Santana decides to take a short corner.
The match begins.
The referee gets the second half underway.
The players leave the pitch at half time.
The referee ends the match.
Innes: Thistle are here to stay
Inverness will be seeking a first home win of the season against Hearts and hope to prove they are in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League to stay.
Caley Thistle drew 1-1 at Hibernian last weekend after opening the season with 1-0 home losses to Celtic and Hamilton and a 4-0 victory at Dundee United.
Defender Chris Innes, who moved to the Caledonian Stadium from St Mirren in the summer, is determined to claim a second win of the season in Saturday's early kick-off after missing out on three points against Accies last month.
"I think we expected the first home win against Hamilton but it never came and we didn't perform that day so we've got to satisfy our home crowd at the weekend," he said.
"The home fans will be looking for a win - it doesn't matter how special it is, the most important thing is getting the three points on the board."
Innes came off the bench against Hibs and boss Terry Butcher could require defensive reinforcements on Saturday, with full-backs Kenny Gillet (knee) and Kevin McCann (groin) doubtful.
Richie Foran (knee) remains out, but Dani Sanchez and Gil Blumenshtein are optimistic of being fit.
Inverness returned to the top flight at the first attempt last season and Innes hopes Butcher's side will prove they are worthy of their place.
He added: "This is what it's all about in the SPL - you must win by hook or crook because come the end of the season you'll be glad of having the points in the bag.
"It's also about making the other sides realise that Inverness are here to stay and after last weekend's result we go into this weekend's game with real confidence."
The 34-year-old, who has also had spells at Dundee United, Stenhousemuir, Gretna, Livingston, Kilmarnock and Falkirk, anticipates a tough encounter against Europa League hopefuls Hearts, who lost 3-0 to Celtic last weekend.
He added: "They've made a few signings over the summer and they're a big physical side who can play some good stuff too.
"It'll certainly be a battle with big Kevin Kyle up front, they've got Calum Elliot and they have other options.
"But it's all about what we do and I'm sure the gaffer will have us all well prepared."
Innes knows Inverness are underdogs and will have to perform well in defence to have any hope of overhauling Hearts.
"We don't over-emphasise the physical aspect of our game and it's a big thing at this level especially in Scottish football," he added.
"But we do have technically gifted players and there will be times this season where we will have the opportunity to be really creative but when you come up against better teams like Hearts, Celtic, Rangers and Hibs you have to stifle them."
Manager Jim Jefferies anticipates his injury-ravaged Hearts squad will face a stern test at Inverness.
Hearts travel to the Caledonian Stadium minus the services of club captain Marius Zaliukas, Scotland international Lee Wallace (both knee), Dawid Kucharski (calf), Andrew Driver (knee) and Stephen Elliott (hamstring).
Rudi Skacel, who re-signed for the club on Thursday, is not expected to be fit to play.
Hearts have a win, two draws and a defeat from their opening four games, while Inverness have won one, drawn one and lost two - both at home, to Hamilton and Celtic.
Jefferies, though, has been impressed with how Caley Thistle have performed on their return to the top flight and expects a tough encounter as his Hearts side seek to return to winning ways.
"You've got to give them great credit," said Jefferies. "All you need to do is ask some of the clubs in the First Division now, like Dunfermline, Dundee, Partick, how difficult it is to come back.
"To bounce back in the first season shows tremendous motivation. They would've been on a great downer, so to pick them up they've done a fantastic job.
"They've brought in two or three decent players. They're a decent side who all work hard for each other."
And Jefferies does not expect Inverness to be at the foot of the table come the season's end.
"Maybe the experience of going down is going to act as a spur," he said. "They're a decent side and I don't expect them to be struggling near the bottom like some people predicted."
Midfielder Ian Black signed for Hearts from Inverness after Caley Thistle's relegation and is looking forward to returning north and hopes to cap the game with victory.
"It would be great to go up there and score," he said.
"I'm looking to score goals, but I'd want to take the win before that and I'd be happy with anybody scoring."
Hearts hit back to win
Hearts recovered from going a goal down to claim a 3-1 win against an Inverness side still searching for their first SPL win of the season at home.
A Chris Innes own goal right on half-time was added to by Ryan Stevenson and Calum Elliot in the second half as Hearts picked up the three points.
Yet it could all have been so different had Caley Thistle held on to the lead that was given to them by Eric Odhiambo in the 37th minute.
Caley Thistle made one change from the team that earned a point against Hibernian at Easter Road last weekend with Chris Innes replacing the injured Kenny Gillet. There was a return on the bench for club captain Richie Foran, who was fit again after undergoing minor knee surgery at the beginning of the season.
Injury also deprived Inverness manager Terry Butcher of the services of on-loan Hibs defender Kevin McCann and Spanish forward Dani Sanchez,
As expected, new Hearts arrival Rudi Skacel was not involved in the squad due to a lack of match fitness as boss Jim Jefferies brought Elliot and Craig Thomson into the starting line-up with Kevin Kyle and Adrian Mrowiec dropping to the bench having started the 3-0 defeat to Celtic at Parkhead last Saturday.
Keen to make up for the disappointment for the loss to Celtic, Hearts began well, peppering the Caley Thistle penalty box with a number of crosses.
David Proctor's attempted clearance cannoned off David Templeton and fell kindly into his path, but from a tight angle he fired the ball straight into Ryan Esson's body.
Inverness had struggled to get out their own half, but a foul by Ruben Palazuelos on Jonny Hayes, which the Hearts player was booked for, presented the home side with a free-kick in a dangerous position. Hayes took the set piece and found the head of Adam Rooney, but his effort was easily held by Marian Kello.
Stuart Duff was next to go into the referee`s notebook for a late challenge on Eggert Jonsson, while Ian Black failed to shake off a knock incurred from Rooney and the former Inverness player was replaced by Kyle.
Inverness were posing an increasing threat and they took the lead in the 37th minute. Nick Ross won possession of the ball on the halfway line and played it to Duff, who quickly found Eric Odhiambo running through on goal. The forward took a touch to deceive Kello before sliding home the ball from close range.
Hearts, however, equalised right on the stroke of half-time. Hayes brought down Templeton and was booked for his troubles. Templeton took the subsequent free-kick and delivered a dangerous ball that seemed to find the back of the net off Innes, although Kyle was in close attention.
Both sides pushed foward at the start of the second half and only a timely intervention by Ismael Bouzid inside the six-yard box prevented Odhiambo from converting Rooney's cut back.
That missed opportunity was to prove costly for the hosts as Hearts went in front from a corner in the 55th minute. Kyle headed the ball into the path of Stevenson, who despite being under pressure from Ross Tokely, managed to get in a volley that bounced over Esson and into the corner of the net.
Caley Thistle responded with a curling effort from Ross drifting narrowly wide of Kello's upright, before Rooney had an effort deflected past the post. From the resulting corner, Palazuelos had to clear Tokely's flick on off the line.
Hearts then had a penalty claim when Elliot appeared to held inside the area by Innes, but referee Iain Brines waved away their claims.
After Rooney had passed up a decent chance to equalise when he blazed over, Hearts stretched their lead to two goals in the 69th minute.
Suso Santana's trickery got him past Tokely and he picked out the unmarked Elliot who had little trouble in finishing from six yards to score his fourth goal of the season.
Inverness then made a double change with Stuart Golabek replacing the injured Innes, while Foran was introduced into the fray for Odhiambo.
Caley Thistle pushed hard to find a way back into the contest, but could not salvage anything from a game they will feel they should have taken something from.
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