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Aaron Doran decides to take a short corner.
Craig Dargo produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
A goal is scored by Adam Rooney from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Inverness CT 1-0 St Mirren.Aaron Doran provided the assist for the goal.
Craig Dargo takes a shot. Save by Jonny Tuffey.
Aaron Mooy takes the inswinging corner, save by Jonny Tuffey.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Aaron Mooy played to the near post, clearance made by Kenny Gillet.
Effort from inside the penalty box by Adam Rooney strikes the post.
Inswinging corner taken by Aaron Doran from the left by-line, Michael Higdon makes a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken by Aaron Mooy from the right by-line.
Aaron Mooy takes a outswinging corner.
Aaron Mooy is brought on as a substitute for Kenny McLean.
(Inverness CT) makes a substitution, with Lee Cox coming on for Eric Odhiambo.
Adam Rooney takes a shot.
Russell Duncan receives a red card for violent conduct. Russell Duncan concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Mair. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Michael Higdon has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
Paul McGowan takes a shot. Jonny Tuffey makes a save.
Grant Munro gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Higdon. Michael Higdon has an effort direct from the free kick.
Adam Rooney challenges David Barron unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Kenny McLean.
Adam Rooney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren McGregor. David Barron takes the direct free kick.
Nick Ross comes on in place of Gavin Morrison.
David Barron challenges Richie Foran unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is swung over by Aaron Doran, Headed effort from inside the area by Adam Rooney misses to the left of the target.
Foul by Eric Odhiambo on Kenny McLean, free kick awarded. David Barron takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken short by Aaron Doran.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stuart Duff by Craig Dargo. Free kick taken by Stuart Duff.
Eric Odhiambo fouled by David Barron, the ref awards a free kick. Jonny Tuffey takes the direct free kick.
Paul McGowan takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Russell Duncan.
Richie Foran takes a shot. Save made by Paul Gallacher.
Michael Higdon takes a shot. Save made by Jonny Tuffey.
Adam Rooney replaces Alex MacDonald.
Unfair challenge on Patrick Cregg by Richie Foran results in a free kick. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Kenny Gillet on Paul McGowan, free kick awarded. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex MacDonald by Darren McGregor. Aaron Doran restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Lee Mair by Richie Foran results in a free kick. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
Grant Munro fouled by Michael Higdon, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jonny Tuffey.
Foul by Marc McAusland on Eric Odhiambo, free kick awarded. Grant Munro restarts play with the free kick.
Patrick Cregg comes on in place of Jim Goodwin.
Corner taken right-footed by Aaron Doran from the right by-line, clearance made by David Barron.
The referee blows for offside against Alex MacDonald. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Foul by Ross Tokely on Craig Dargo, free kick awarded. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from David Barron.
Jim Goodwin concedes a free kick for a foul on Richie Foran. Kenny Gillet takes the free kick.
Foul by Jim Goodwin on Eric Odhiambo, free kick awarded. Jim Goodwin is given a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Duff.
Eric Odhiambo fouled by David Barron, the ref awards a free kick. Stuart Duff takes the free kick.
Alex MacDonald takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Grant Munro. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Kenny McLean from right channel, Stuart Duff manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Kenny Gillet results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Marc McAusland.
Corner taken by Aaron Doran, Shot from just outside the box by Gavin Morrison goes over the crossbar.
Michael Higdon has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Kenny McLean gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gavin Morrison. Direct free kick taken by Grant Munro.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Dargo by Kenny Gillet. Kenny McLean shoots direct from the free kick.
Foul by Jim Goodwin on Richie Foran, free kick awarded. Russell Duncan takes the free kick.
Butcher out to wrap up seventh
Inverness manager Terry Butcher has set his players more targets as they look to finish the season on a high following their shock win over Celtic.
Caley Thistle missed out on a top-six place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League after spending a significant portion of the campaign in the upper half of the table.
But Butcher has been generally delighted with their return to the top flight and wants to round it off in style.
Inverness will secure seventh place if they beat relegation-threatened St Mirren at home on Saturday, and Butcher is also looking for revenge for their home loss to the Paisley side in December.
"Boxing Day was the turning point," Butcher said. "We were 1-0 up and cruising, suddenly we lost a goal and a second goal.
"That was the start of our downward trend.
"We lost two more games that week. The previous six matches we had won the first three then drawn the next three.
"I wouldn't say we didn't recover from that but we certainly didn't get back in our stride after that.
"We want to set the record straight, and that will be seventh spot guaranteed if we get three points.
"We want to finish with a positive goal difference, I don't know if the club has ever done that (in the SPL).
"We want to get to 50 points as well, we have some wonderful targets. We want to look back over the summer and say we have done this and that.
"We still have 2010 unbeaten in the league away from home, that's a massive feather in the cap.
"We have taken points off every team in the SPL, we are unbeaten in four games against the Old Firm, we have taken six points from the Old Firm.
"The boys really have earned this and we want to finish the task."
Inverness will be without defender Chris Hogg, who has a knee injury.
Hogg was this week named on a list of 10 players who have not been offered new contracts but Butcher hopes the former Hibernian captain will stay at the club.
"He is just back from the specialist," Butcher said. "His cartilage is frayed, that means there has been an impact.
"We need to see if it needs an operation, bear in mind he is looking to secure a club over the summer.
"I want to put the record straight over Chris Hogg. I want him here next year.
"I have not offered him a contract because he's going to go away and speak to other clubs."
St Mirren manager Danny Lennon has urged his players to think about nothing more and nothing else than their game against Inverness.
Saints let slip the chance to secure their Clydesdale Bank Premier League safety when they lost 1-0 at home to Hamilton on Monday.
The defeat left them still six points - and 10 goals - better off than Accies with three games left.
But the reprieve gave Hamilton a huge lift and came before Saints face two difficult trips north to face Inverness and Aberdeen.
Lennon has told his players to forget the league table or Hamilton's home tie with Hibernian, and simply focus on getting a result against Caley Thistle.
The St Mirren manager said: "My main message has been to put this game in isolation - to think about nothing more than this game.
"Go and think about it, dream about it and make it happen. Pure and simple."
Lennon feels his team have recovered from the blow of their bank holiday defeat, which was not helped by a serious knee injury to Hugh Murray and a red card for Jure Travner before the 25-minute mark.
"We were naturally disappointed not to get the result on Monday that could have secured our SPL future, and we didn't play as well as we have recently, that's for sure," he said.
"But the sending-off, coupled with Shuggie Murray's injury, meant we didn't get going.
"To that end we let ourselves down and our fans down and want to put that right.
"We have analysed throughout the week's work at training and we want to put that right, we have a great opportunity to create a positive outcome.
"Saturday can't come quickly enough to try to get back on track.
"We are all itching to go up there and put in a great performance and show character.
"Inverness is a very difficult venue to go, Celtic saw that during the week.
"They were going for a championship and failed to come back with any points.
"So we want to show good character and make sure we come away from there with something to show for their efforts."
Rooney strike has Caley in seventh heaven
Adam Rooney's late strike secured a 1-0 win that gave 10-man Inverness seventh place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League and increased St Mirren's relegation worries.
Rooney netted his 20th goal of the campaign from close range in the 85th minute - 15 minutes after Russell Duncan had been sent off following a bust-up with St Mirren captain Lee Mair.
The result gave Terry Butcher's side revenge for their home loss to the Paisley side in December. Bottom side Hamilton beat Hibs 1-0 to move within three points of the Buddies.
Leading scorer Rooney was dropped as Caley Thistle made six changes to the side which beat title-chasing Celtic 3-2 midweek.
Club captain Richie Foran returned from suspension for Inverness, while Northern Ireland goalkeeper Jonny Tuffey made his SPL debut.
Midfielders Duncan, Gavin Morrison and Eric Odhiambo, as well as Burnley's on-loan striker Alex MacDonald were included for Caley Thistle, as Lee Cox, Chris Innes, Nick Ross, Shane Sutherland and goalkeeper Ryan Esson were benched alongside Rooney.
St Mirren made three changes to the team which lost 1-0 to Hamilton last Monday with David Barron, Mark McAusland and Kenny McLean replacing benched David Van Zanten, injured Hugh Murray and suspended Jure Travner.
Chances were limited throughout the first half with a very quiet opening 10 minutes only punctuated by St Mirren's Kenny McLean sending a 25-yard free-kick over the bar.
Michael Higdon fired wide for the visitors on 13 minutes when the ball evaded Inverness's back line.
Moments later the hosts forced their first corner which landed with Morrison, who volleyed over the top of the away stand.
The first shot on target came from the hosts in the 26th minute when MacDonald was played through by on-loan Blackburn midfielder Aaron Doran.
The striker's effort was blocked by St Mirren stopper Paul Gallacher in the one-on-one situation. The rebound landed with Foran, who was unable to capitalise.
Moments before the break Inverness full-back Kenny Gillet burst down the left wing before crossing to Odhiambo, who headed wide.
Rooney entered the fray eight minutes into the second half, replacing MacDonald.
Higdon's header from a Steven Thomson cross was stopped by Tuffey in the 55th minute.
It sparked life into Inverness with Rooney producing an acrobatic overhead kick which struck the crossbar just before the hour.
Rooney had a further chance in the 64th minute when he headed a Doran free-kick wide.
Higdon sent a low 25-yard free kick around the post on 68 minutes as the visitors pressed forward.
Moments later Higdon played in Paul McGowan, who forced an expert save from Tuffey.
Inverness were ruffled and Duncan was sent off 20 minutes from time after a tussle with St Mirren captain Lee Mair.
Duncan, who will be released by Inverness at the end of the season, was distraught as he left the field to a standing ovation from the home fans.
He appeared to have been caught in a tangle with the Paisley defender while fans called for a penalty, but referee Bobby Madden showed him red for raising his hands after consulting linesman David Watt.
Four minutes later Rooney struck the junction of bar and post as Inverness responded to the setback.
Rooney completed his hat-trick of hitting the woodwork in 82 minutes when his angled strike hit the post after being put through by Nick Ross.
But the Irishman was not to be denied three minutes later when he netted his 20th goal of the season. Rooney was found by Doran before lifting the ball over the advancing Gallacher for the decisive goal.
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