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Corner taken right-footed by Suso Santana, Jamie Hamill takes a shot. Save by Ryan Esson.
Billy McKay on for Gregory Tade.
Effort on goal by Greg Tansey from long distance goes over the crossbar.
Shane Sutherland is cautioned.
Effort from the edge of the penalty area by John Sutton goes wide of the left-hand post.
Ross Tokely replaces Nick Ross.
Shot by Rudi Skacel went wide of the left-hand upright.
Shot from just outside the box by Rudi Skacel misses to the right of the target.
Foul by John Sutton on David Proctor, free kick awarded. Ryan Esson takes the free kick.
Johnny Hayes takes a shot. Comfortable save by Marian Kello.
Effort on goal by Scott Robinson from a long way out goes over the bar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Webster by Gregory Tade. Scott Robinson takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by John Sutton on Richie Foran. Free kick taken by Kenny Gillet.
(Hearts) makes a substitution, with David Obua coming on for Ian Black.
Suso Santana is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Kenny Gillet.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Gregory Tade. Ryan McGowan takes the indirect free kick.
Suso Santana on for Darren Barr.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shane Sutherland by Rudi Skacel. Direct free kick taken by Kenny Gillet.
Gregory Tade challenges Darren Barr unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ian Black.
Foul by Gregory Tade on Andy Webster, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Andy Webster.
Ian Black concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Sutherland. Ian Black goes into the book. Free kick taken by Josh Meekings.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Josh Meekings on David Templeton. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Ian Black, save by Ryan Esson.
Corner taken by Ian Black.
Shane Sutherland finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Inverness CT 1-0 Hearts.Assist by Johnny Hayes.
Unfair challenge on Ian Black by Steve Williams results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David Templeton.
Shot from close range by Gregory Tade misses to the left of the target.
Nick Ross has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
Foul by Ian Black on Greg Tansey, free kick awarded. Caution for Ryan McGowan. Josh Meekings restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Robinson by Greg Tansey. Direct free kick taken by Darren Barr.
Johnny Hayes takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.
Johnny Hayes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Hamill. Free kick taken by Marian Kello.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Gregory Tade. Free kick taken by Marian Kello.
Foul by Rudi Skacel on Shane Sutherland, free kick awarded. Kenny Gillet restarts play with the free kick.
John Sutton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richie Foran. Direct free kick taken by David Proctor.
Johnny Hayes fouled by Ian Black, the ref awards a free kick. Johnny Hayes takes the direct free kick.
David Templeton takes a shot. Save by Ryan Esson.
Greg Tansey takes the inswinging corner, Marian Kello makes a comfortable save.
Ryan McGowan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Johnny Hayes. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Johnny Hayes from right wing.
David Templeton replaces Stephen Elliott.
John Sutton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richie Foran. Direct free kick taken by Richie Foran.
Gregory Tade is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Marian Kello.
Richie Foran produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Johnny Hayes, clearance made by Andy Webster.
Greg Tansey concedes a free kick for a foul on Ian Black. Andy Webster restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Johnny Hayes by Darren Barr. Booking for Darren Barr for unsporting behaviour. Johnny Hayes produces a cross, Richie Foran takes a shot. Save made by Marian Kello.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shane Sutherland by Rudi Skacel. Greg Tansey produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, comfortable save by Marian Kello.
Effort on goal by Stephen Elliott from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
Scott Robinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Sutherland. David Proctor restarts play with the free kick.
Butcher looks to continue good form
Terry Butcher is looking for his side to continue their fine recent form with a home win over Hearts in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League on Saturday - but revealed they will have overcome a double injury blow to do it.
Following a 1-0 win in the SPL at Motherwell last week, Caley beat Dunfermline 3-1 after extra-time in their William Hill Scottish Cup fourth-round replay at East End Park on Wednesday night to extend their unbeaten run to five games.
However, the cup victory in Fife came at a price.
Defender Roman Golobart sustained a grade three ankle sprain while midfielder Andrew Shinnie broke a bone in his foot, with both players set to be out for weeks.
The Caley boss said: "It has been an unbelievable week and we want to finish it on a high by making it three wins in a week.
"We wanted to make an impact through January and we certainly have done half the job so we want to finish the job with a couple of wins at the end of the month to see where we are then.
"There has been a lot of travelling this week, to Motherwell last weekend and Dunfermline, and we were pleased with the two wins but it has come at a heavy price so there has been mixed feelings.
"Roman Golobart is going to be out for probably eight to 10 weeks with a grade three ankle sprain.
"It is very severe and he will have a scan when the swelling goes down.
"Andrew Shinnie is probably worse.
"He has broken his fifth metatarsal on his left foot and he will have to see a specialist to see if he needs an operation.
"We are all devastated because both of them have been outstanding for us this season.
"Lee Cox also had to come off with a calf strain so he will be out for the weekend at least."
Butcher jokingly challenged Jambos boss Paulo Sergio to name the Caley team.
"If Paulo Sergio can guess my line-up I will give him every penny I've got," the former Motherwell boss said.
"Unless he has inside information which I don't think he will get.
"We will see who is available. I normally name the team on a Friday but I want to see exactly who is fit."
Midfielder Adrian Mrowiec claims the Hearts squad are happy so long as they keep winning.
A run of five wins in six games has helped Hearts climb to third place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League and advance in the William Hill Scottish Cup.
The unbeaten sequence has come since the players, through PFA Scotland, submitted a formal complaint over delayed payment of wages to the Scottish Premier League.
The SPL earlier this week opened disciplinary proceedings against Hearts after alleging January's wages were late, with the club thus failing to comply with an order.
Hearts refute the claim and insist wages were paid on time for the first time since September.
Speaking ahead of the match at Inverness, Mrowiec said: "It's been a very, very hard week.
"(But) if we win, everything is okay. Everyone is happy.
"Everyone is coming into the dressing room happy. We don't talk about the problems. We just keep focused for the games."
Mrowiec was able to joke about the situation, though, due to Hearts' current run.
He added: "It's a very difficult time. Maybe we need problems all the time and we will win the league."
Mrowiec is keen Hearts can continue their fine run against an Inverness side unbeaten in five matches.
"We want to keep in third place," he said.
However, he admitted for some of his team-mates it could be their final appearance for Hearts.
Midfielder Rudi Skacel is in discussions over a contract extension, with his current deal set to expire imminently, while Hearts have admitted further departures this month are likely to ease their financial predicament.
Mrowiec said: "Maybe for a couple of players it will be the last game. We'll see.
"If we lose some players we have young players, who are also good players."
Captain Marius Zaliukas is suspended for the trip to Caley, but full-back Ryan McGowan is available again following a ban and winger David Templeton is set to return after missing the win over St Mirren with a groin strain.
Andrew Driver (leg) and Danny Grainger (groin) are out, along with midfielder Ryan Stevenson, unavailable due to the wages row, and striker Kevin Kyle (hip).
Sutherland breaks Hearts
Shane Sutherland's header secured in-form Inverness a 1-0 victory at home to Hearts in a game largely dominated by the Highlanders.
The attacker pounced from close range in the 49th minute to help Terry Butcher's men close the gap on the Clydesdale Bank Premier League's top six.
It was Inverness's second consecutive 1-0 league win against a team sitting third in the league before kick-off, having seen off Motherwell in their last outing.
Caley Thistle also extended their unbeaten streak to six games, while ending the Edinburgh club's own six-game undefeated run in the process.
Jamie Hamill came closest for Hearts when he hit the crossbar in the opening stages and the visitors will be frustrated they did not have a late penalty as they slumped to a ninth defeat of the campaign.
The game went ahead after referee George Salmond inspected the pitch at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium an hour before kick off
Seven of Caley Thistle's midweek Scottish Cup heroes were replaced by manager Terry Butcher.
Defender Kenny Gillet, who missed Wednesday's 3-1 extra time win at Dunfermline, was restored to the side, alongside on loan centre back Steve Williams, who made his full debut.
Goalkeeper Ryan Esson recovered from a groin strain to replace Northern Ireland international Jonny Tuffey, who dropped to the bench.
Sutherland, Nick Ross, David Proctor and Josh Meekings also started for Caley Thistle, while Thomas Piermayr, Ross Tokely, Graeme Shinnie and Billy McKay were substitutes.
Roman Golobart and midweek substitute Andrew Shinnie missed out completely after suffering injuries which will see them sidelined long term and Lee Cox missed out due to a calf problem.
Hearts made one change to the team who beat St Mirren 5-2 last Saturday with suspended Marius Zaliukas replaced by Ryan McGowan.
In blustery conditions the visitors started brightest with Hamill's 35-yard strike hammering the crossbar after just four minutes.
The hosts responded with a Greg Tansey free-kick which was comfortably saved by Marian Kello.
The Slovakian was in action again when he saved low from Inverness captain Richie Foran and moments later the Irishman fired wide.
Gregory Tade was next to force a save from the stopper after connecting with a Tansey cross.
Substitute David Templeton produced the Edinburgh club's first shot on target when his 25-yard curler was saved by Esson.
Inverness continued to dominate possession but Hearts absorbed the pressure as chances were limited.
Gillet had a goal ruled out for offside in the 36th minute after good work from Hayes, whose shot rebound off Kello to Sutherland and then the keeper again to the Frenchmen.
Ross was next to threaten when his 25-yard effort evaded Kello but drifted inches wide before Tade steered an effort wide in stoppage time.
The host's stayed on top after the interval and finally made their pressure count when Sutherland netted his first goal of the season.
The 21-year-old connected with a Hayes cross to power home a header which hit Kello before crossing the line.
Hearts rallied and former Inverness midfielder Ian Black tested Esson with a long-range free-kick.
Sutherland's cross-shot almost caught out Kello as it rebounded off the past.
Hearts substitute Suso Santana tried his luck with the wind behind him but the angled shot from distance was just off target.
Kello denied Hayes when Caley Thistle might have doubled their lead going into the last 10 minutes.
The Irishman was played through on goal by Tansey with only the goalkeeper to beat but squandered the chance.
Rudi Skacel's shot went inches over as Hearts searched for a leveller.
Hearts might have had a penalty with five minutes to go when Meekings felled Templeton but referee Salmond was not convinced.
John Sutton sent a low shot wide in the closing stages but Inverness held on for the victory and remain undefeated in 2012.
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