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Richie Foran gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David MacKay. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
David MacKay gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richie Foran. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Duff.
Corner taken by Jonathan Hayes from the right by-line, Unfair challenge on Jennison Myrie-Williams by Adam Rooney results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
Andrew Jackson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stuart Duff. Stuart Duff restarts play with the free kick.
Alan Maybury is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Alan Maybury gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Sutherland. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Stuart Duff, Michael Duberry manages to make a clearance.
Jody Morris concedes a free kick for a foul on Russell Duncan. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Hayes.
Eric Odhiambo leaves the field to be replaced by Shane Sutherland.
The referee penalises Jennison Myrie-Williams for handball. Ryan Esson restarts play with the free kick.
Stuart Duff is booked. Jennison Myrie-Williams fouled by Stuart Duff, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Craig crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Ross Tokely.
Booking for Jonathan Hayes for unsporting behaviour. Jonathan Hayes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jennison Myrie-Williams. Free kick taken by Liam Craig.
Kevin Rutkiewicz comes on in place of Daniel Grainger. Corner taken right-footed by Jonathan Hayes from the left by-line, Michael Duberry manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Daniel Grainger, clearance made by Grant Munro.
Adam Rooney has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marcus Haber on Ross Tokely. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Duff.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Stuart Duff, Header from deep inside the area by Richie Foran goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Jonathan Hayes takes the outswinging corner, Daniel Grainger manages to make a clearance.
Eric Odhiambo fouled by Jody Morris, the ref awards a free kick. Jonathan Hayes fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Graeme Smith.
Jennison Myrie-Williams replaces Collin Samuel.
A goal is scored by Jonathan Hayes from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Inverness CT 1-1 St Johnstone.Eric Odhiambo provided the assist for the goal.
Michael Duberry fouled by Adam Rooney, the ref awards a free kick. Graeme Smith takes the free kick.
Adam Rooney takes a shot. Save by Graeme Smith.
Kevin McCann leaves the field to be replaced by Russell Duncan.
Liam Craig has an effort at goal from long range that goes wide left.
Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line, Stuart Duff makes a clearance.
Effort on goal by Liam Craig from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Marcus Haber on for Sam Parkin.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Stuart Duff.
Foul by Richie Foran on Liam Craig, free kick awarded. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick.
Adam Rooney takes a shot. Save made by Graeme Smith.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Sam Parkin. Stuart Duff takes the indirect free kick.
Daniel Grainger booked. Jonathan Hayes fouled by Daniel Grainger, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin McCann takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Jonathan Hayes from the right by-line, clearance made by Sam Parkin.
Inswinging corner taken by Jonathan Hayes, clearance by Sam Parkin.
Ross Tokely concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Jackson. Free kick taken by David MacKay.
Floated corner taken by Stuart Duff from the right by-line, Daniel Grainger manages to make a clearance.
David MacKay receives a yellow card. David MacKay gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richie Foran. Adam Rooney produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Ross Tokely fouled by Sam Parkin, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Rooney on Michael Duberry. Free kick taken by Michael Duberry.
Eric Odhiambo takes a shot. Save by Graeme Smith.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Parkin on Grant Munro. Grant Munro restarts play with the free kick.
Alan Maybury challenges Jonathan Hayes unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Stuart Duff, clearance by Daniel Grainger. Corner taken by Stuart Duff from the left by-line, Shot from inside the six-yard box by Adam Rooney goes wide right of the target.
The offside flag is raised against Sam Parkin. Ryan Esson takes the free kick.
Michael Duberry challenges Adam Rooney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Shinnie.
Unfair challenge on Michael Duberry by Adam Rooney results in a free kick. Graeme Smith takes the direct free kick.
Jody Morris gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Grant Munro. Free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
Liam Craig takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Adam Rooney.
Collin Samuel fouled by Kevin McCann, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Craig takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Craig by Eric Odhiambo. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
Shot from just outside the area by Chris Millar goes over the bar.
Unfair challenge on Michael Duberry by Richie Foran results in a free kick. Graeme Smith takes the direct free kick.
Richie Foran fouled by Collin Samuel, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Kevin McCann.
Liam Craig has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
Daniel Grainger concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Hayes. Free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
Eric Odhiambo concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Millar. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Richie Foran.
Sam Parkin takes a shot. Save by Ryan Esson.
Michael Duberry challenges Grant Munro unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
Corner taken short by Daniel Grainger, Kevin McCann makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Collin Samuel on Kevin McCann. Ryan Esson takes the free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Liam Craig goes over the crossbar.
Ross Tokely fouled by Michael Duberry, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Esson restarts play with the free kick.
Stuart Duff concedes a free kick for a foul on Jody Morris. Liam Craig takes the direct free kick.
Collin Samuel fires in a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Inverness CT 0-1 St Johnstone.Chris Millar provided the assist for the goal.
Close range headed effort by Andrew Jackson clears the crossbar.
The referee starts the match.
The half-time whistle blows.
The second half has started.
The referee brings the game to a close.
Sanchez and McCann in contention for Caley
Dani Sanchez and Kevin McCann are back in contention for Inverness ahead of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League visit of St Johnstone.
McCann has recovered from a groin injury and Sanchez has overcome a knee problem.
David Proctor, Chris Innes (both hamstring), Lee Cox (ankle) and Kenny Gillet (knee) remain on the sidelines.
Caley Thistle are now aiming for three successive wins in the SPL for the first time since 2007.
Rooney said: "I don't think it affects the players, I don't think they really think about that.
"It's the same as last year, when we went on an unbeaten run for 21 games.
"We didn't really think about it that much, we just went out and looked forward to every game. It's the same this year."
However, the striker does believe that impressive run which led to them snatching the Irn-Bru First Division championship last season has played a big part in their success so far this term.
He said: "There is a great atmosphere in the squad here. The run we went on last year really helped to give us that confidence within the team.
"We look forward to every game this season, we are not fearing any team.
"It will be the same on Saturday again, we will look to get the three points and keep shooting up the league."
He added: "It`s good to get a little break but we are doing well in the league and we want to keep it going so we are looking forward to the game on Saturday.
"We had the win at St Mirren and then a good win against Aberdeen. Everyone is eager to play on Saturday."
St Johnstone will be without Graham Gartland.
He has been ruled out for four to six weeks after picking up a knee injury in training.
Peter MacDonald is a slight concern with a calf knock, while Martin Hardie has joined Partick Thistle on loan for a month.
Boss Derek McInnes said: "They are a good side, they are very hardworking.
"They've got that enthusiasm about them, as you would expect, and they've got experienced players who have played in the league before and they have players who can score goals.
"They are definitely a capable team and team with a bit of confidence. We are expecting a tough match but if we play the way we can, we expect them to get a tough match also."
Hayes the hero for Caley
A second-half goal from Jonny Hayes rescued a point for Inverness from a 1-1 draw with St Johnstone after Collin Samuel's early effort had deservedly given the visitors the lead in this Clydesdale Bank Premier League encounter.
Saints were left to rue Sam Parkin's miss when through on goal following Samuel's seventh minute opener as Inverness put on a better showing after half-time.
Hayes equaliser was just about deserved, while Adam Rooney went close to winning it for the hosts with a header that crept narrowly wide in the latter stages.
Inverness made one change from the side that had defeated Aberdeen 2-0 in their previous outing, Russell Duncan dropping out to be replaced by on-loan Hibs full back Kevin McCann, who was returning to the side following a groin injury. Dani Sanchez had also recovered sufficiently from a knee problem to take his place amongst the substitutes.
For St Johnstone, there were three alterations to the team which overcame Hibs 2-0 a couple of weeks ago.
Graeme Smith replaced Peter Enckelman in goal as the former Aston Villa man was relegated to the bench along with Jennison Myrie-Williams, who had his place taken by Liam Craig. There was also a start for Andy Jackson, in for Murray Davidson, who dropped out completely.
Following an indifferent start to the season, the visitors had won three out of their last four matches in all competitions and they made a wonderful start by taking a seventh-minute lead.
Alan Maybury's long crossfield ball looked more in hope than expectation, but with the Caley Thistle defence caught flat-footed Samuel stole in at the back post to beat Ryan Esson with a crisp finish into the far corner.
Parkin had a chance to put St Johnstone into a two-goal lead as Chris Millar's through ball sent him racing in on goal, but with only Esson to beat he struck his effort straight into the body of the onrushing goalkeeper.
Saints were dominating possession and a thunderbolt from Craig almost caught out Esson as he hurled himself across goal only to see the ball narrowly go the wrong side of the upright.
With Rooney looking isolated upfront, Caley Thistle were growing increasingly frustrated in their attempts to break down a resolute St Johnstone defence.
Michael Duberry had marshalled the Saints rearguard superbly and with the experienced Jody Morris controlling proceedings in the middle of the park, they were worthy of their lead as half-time approached.
There was, however, one scare for St Johnstone before the interval when Ross Tokely headed a Stuart Duff corner back across goal and the ball eventually landed at the feet of Rooney, but he miscued his effort.
St Johnstone showed no signs of letting up at the start of the second half as firstly Jackson whipped a dangerous ball across the face of goal before Samuel's cross was just a shade too long for the run of Parkin.
There was, however, more cut and thrust about Inverness as well and they won a dangerous free-kick on the edge of the box after Richie Foran had been hauled down by Dave MacKay, who was booked, but Rooney thumped the resultant free-kick straight into the wall.
Danny Grainger was then booked for a challenge on Hayes as Caley Thistle began to exert some pressure on the visitors for the first time in the match.
But for all Inverness' dominance in the early stages of the second period, they failed to fashion a chance worthy of the name as Saints made the first change of the match, bringing on Marcus Haber for Parkin, who went off due to a head knock.
The St Johnstone substitute almost had an instant impact as he drove into the box and cut the ball back for Craig, but he blazed his effort high over the crossbar.
Caley Thistle responded by introducing Russell Duncan for McCann with Duff reverting to right back as they tried to salvage an equaliser.
The change clearly had the desired effect as after Graeme Smith had done well to deny Rooney from close range, Inverness equalised in the 71st minute.
Richie Foran's wonderfully weighted through ball was perfect for Hayes who did well to slip the ball past Smith, who was booked for catching the Irish winger after he had played the ball.
Inverness were now in the ascendancy and from a Duff cross, Grant Munro headed over from six yards.
Rooney was next to go close with his head, this time glancing on a Nick Ross ball into the box only to see it bounce just a yard past the upright. But both sides had to settle for a point.
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