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The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Eric Odhiambo decides to take a short corner.
Gil Blumenshtein comes on in place of Lee Cox.
Unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Ross Tokely results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Patrick Cregg.
Goal scored by Steven Thomson from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Inverness CT 1-2 St Mirren.
Eric Odhiambo comes on in place of Richie Foran.
Russell Duncan takes a shot. Save made by Paul Gallacher.
(St Mirren) makes a substitution, with David van Zanten coming on for David Barron.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Ross Tokely. Direct free kick taken by John Potter.
Michael Higdon fouled by Ross Tokely, the ref awards a free kick. John Potter takes the direct free kick.
Sean Lynch is brought on as a substitute for Craig Dargo.
Russell Duncan takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
Shane Sutherland crosses the ball.
Shot by Lee Cox from a long way out goes over the net.
Foul by Russell Duncan on Paul McGowan, free kick awarded. Paul McGowan takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Shane Sutherland on Steven Thomson. Patrick Cregg takes the indirect free kick.
Close range effort by Adam Rooney misses to the left of the goal.
Corner taken right-footed by Russell Duncan from the right by-line, Michael Higdon manages to make a clearance.
Paul McGowan takes a shot. Save by Ryan Esson.
Inswinging corner taken by Russell Duncan from the left by-line.
Jure Travner takes a corner.
Outswinging corner taken by Russell Duncan from the right by-line played to the near post, Patrick Cregg manages to make a clearance.
John Potter fouled by Adam Rooney, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Patrick Cregg.
Outswinging corner taken by Russell Duncan from the right by-line, save by Paul Gallacher.
Paul McGowan concedes a free kick for a foul on Stuart Duff. Free kick taken by Russell Duncan.
The offside flag is raised against Michael Higdon. Ryan Esson restarts play with the free kick.
Paul McGowan takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Adam Rooney.
Lee Cox gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Thomson. Patrick Cregg takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Barron on Richie Foran. The ball is swung over by Russell Duncan, Shot from deep inside the area by Lee Cox clears the crossbar.
Russell Duncan handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Michael Higdon produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Steven Thomson grabs a goal from outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Inverness CT 1-1 St Mirren.Craig Dargo provided the assist for the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Cox by Patrick Cregg. Free kick taken by Russell Duncan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Dargo by Stuart Duff. Michael Higdon has an effort direct from the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Paul McGowan, save by Ryan Esson.
Jure Travner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Sutherland. Indirect free kick taken by Russell Duncan.
Corner from right by-line taken by Paul McGowan.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Cox on Patrick Cregg. Free kick taken by John Potter.
Effort from inside the area by Craig Dargo misses to the left of the target.
Craig Dargo takes a shot. Ross Tokely gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jure Travner by Lee Cox. Direct free kick taken by Darren McGregor.
The referee books Lee Cox for unsporting behaviour.
The referee blows for offside. John Potter takes the direct free kick.
Effort from 35 yards by Darren McGregor went wide right of the net.
Shot by Grant Munro missed to the right of the target.
Michael Higdon takes a shot. Save by Ryan Esson.
Patrick Cregg receives a yellow card. Patrick Cregg concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Rooney. Stuart Duff restarts play with the free kick.
Richie Foran takes a shot from a long way out clearing the bar.
Corner taken right-footed by Russell Duncan to the near post, Michael Higdon makes a clearance.
Booking for Darren McGregor for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Darren McGregor on Shane Sutherland, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Russell Duncan.
Craig Dargo produces a volleyed left-footed shot from 20 yards. Save by Ryan Esson. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Patrick Cregg from the left by-line to the near post, Richie Foran manages to make a clearance.
Patrick Cregg concedes a free kick for a foul on Nick Ross. Grant Munro takes the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Craig Dargo. Ryan Esson takes the free kick.
A goal is scored by Lee Cox from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Inverness CT 1-0 St Mirren.The assist for the goal came from Richie Foran.
Effort on goal by Nick Ross from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Lee Cox takes the outswinging corner, clearance by John Potter.
Effort by Shane Sutherland from a long way out goes over the target.
Michael Higdon concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Cox. Direct free kick taken by Grant Munro.
The referee gets the game underway.
The referee calls an end to the first half.
The referee gets the second half underway.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Butcher set to unleash Odhiambo
Inverness boss Terry Butcher is set to spring Eric Odhiambo on St Mirren for a second time this season in their Boxing Day clash at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.
The former Leicester player scored a brace in September when Caley beat the Buddies 2-1 in Paisley but has not started since the 2-1 home defeat to Motherwell at the start of November.
But with Jonny Hayes set to miss the visits of the Paisley side on Sunday and Kilmarnock on Wednesday with an ankle injury picked up in training, Butcher is set to recall the 21-year-old to his starting line-up,
"I remember the game earlier in the season at St Mirren because it was a lovely, sunny day," the Caley manager told the Inverness Courier.
"I also recall that Eric Odhiambo in particular had a great game, scoring two goals, and he's certainly someone who could come back in and do well.
"It's disappointing to lose someone like Jonny Hayes, but the squad is such that if we are a man down then someone will step up and fill that position."
Caley are unbeaten in six games and have battled hard to take points off Rangers, Celtic and Hearts recently to move behind the top three with 27 points.
The former England captain is looking for his players to fight through possible fatigue over the festive season where, after hosting the Buddies and Kilmarnock, Caley travel to St Johnstone on January 2.
"The boys are doing well and they want to play," Butcher said.
"Sometimes if you tell players they are going to be rested or left out of a game when the team is playing well then it can work against you.
"The players are all hungry and there is a real determination there to continue the good work that has already been done this season.
"We are going to be playing three games in the space of a week, but it's a chance for us to reach our next target, which is the 30-point barrier, so we are all looking ahead."
Skipper Richie Foran believes the secret to Caley's success this season is team spirit.
As evidence, the Irishman pointed to defender Kenny Gillet, who has only returned to light training this month after being out with a knee injury since September, drove from Inverness to Newcastle last weekend - a round trip of over 520 miles - to be at the players' Christmas party.
"I don't think anyone can beat us in terms of team spirit," Foran told the Inverness Courier.
"We have brought the confidence of the title win last season into the SPL and that has played a huge part in how well we've done so far.
"The main thing, however, has been the togetherness of the squad. When we finish training, a lot of the players spend time with each other away from the club and that has helped the bond.
"At most clubs you have little cliques of three or four players doing their own thing, but we do things as a squad at Caley Thistle and we take that onto the pitch.
"We had a good bonding session in Newcastle. No one wanted to miss it.
"Kenny Gillet even drove all the way from Inverness to Newcastle on the Saturday evening to be there.
"He didn't have to, but he wanted to and that was tremendous to see him doing it off his own back."
Danny Lennon is hoping to turn the tables on away-day specialists Inverness when he takes his St Mirren side to the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.
Remarkably, the Highlanders have gone unbeaten away from home in the league for the whole of 2010 and are favourites for the Boxing Day clash against the 10th-placed Buddies.
Lennon, though, will ask his players to take inspiration from Caley`s away record when looking to cause an shock of their own.
"Inverness seem to upset everyone else on the road so we are confident that it can be done to them.
"We know it's going to be a very difficult game.
"I watched them again against Hearts last week and they were wonderful.
"Don't get me wrong, they have that wee bit of luck that everybody needs at time but they certainly have a fantastic work ethic and a great team spirit.
"They are free from suspensions and are like Motherwell in that they manage to field the majority of the same team week-in, week-out and they seem to be growing in confidence."
"Hats off to Terry Butcher and Maurice Malpas, they seem to have the players eating out of their hands at this moment."
Thomson double downs Caley
A late goal in each half from Steven Thomson secured St Mirren a 2-1 win at Inverness.
The Buddies came from behind to win at the Caledonian Stadium after Lee Cox netted from close range in the eighth minute.
Thomson's 25-yard screamer levelled matters seconds before half-time and he hit the winner with five minutes remaining.
Danny Lennon made three changes to his St Mirren starting line-up for the trip north as goalkeeper Paul Gallacher returned for the first time since the sides last met in September, when Caley Thistle won 2-1.
The stopper, who replaced Craig Samson, had missed out since then after undergoing surgery to repair some damaged cartilage in his knee.
Other changes for the Buddies saw former Inverness forward Craig Dargo return after being out since August with a knee injury and David Barron was also included, with David van Zanten moving to the bench and Gareth Wardlaw suspended.
The hosts made one change with young striker Shane Sutherland replacing influential midfielder Jonny Hayes who was sidelined by an ankle injury.
Inverness started brightly and took an early lead through Cox.
The midfielder benefited from a lucky bounce after Richie Foran's lofted shot from the edge of the box rebounded off the crossbar into his path for a simple close-range finish.
St Mirren almost levelled on the 20-minute mark when Dargo forced an acrobatic diving save from Inverness goalkeeper Ryan Esson when his thunderbolt from 20 yards almost found the top corner.
Esson produced two more super saves as the Buddies hunted the equaliser.
He thwarted Buddies top scorer Michael Higdon, whose volley from the edge of the box followed a poor headed clearance from Stuart Duff and Dargo squandered the rebound.
Moments later Esson was called into action once more with a fingertip save after Paul McGowan's low shot was deflected.
But Esson was helpless to stop Thomson's stunning 25-yard screamer moments before the interval. Picked out by Dargo, the midfielder shot beyond the diving Esson in the 44th minute.
St Mirren started the second half where they left off with Higdon firing just over as they searched for a second goal.
McGowan and Jure Travner combined well before McGowan forced another save from Esson, with the Paisley club in the ascendancy.
Inverness might have snatched the lead again in the 65th minute had top scorer Adam Rooney managed to connect with a low Foran cross.
Foran's ball across the face of the six-yard box was just too fast for Rooney as he slid in at the far post.
Rooney was then blocked by fellow Irishman Patrick Cregg after Sutherland's cross-cum-shot hit the woodwork in the 71st minute.
Moments later Russell Duncan blasted over when the ball was laid back to him by Rooney.
Esson's diving save in the closing stages stopped Marc McAusland's angled drive but he failed to keep the Buddies at bay for long.
Thomson's late strike shocked the hosts as he connected with a cross from substitute Sean Lynch to fire home from 12 yards with only five minutes remaining.
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