Inverness remain the only undefeated side in the Championship

Inverness remain the only undefeated side in the Championship

By Cammy Anderson

Inverness managed to maintain their status as the only undefeated side in the Championship with a 3-2 win over Partick Thistle. The victory also took them to the top of the table and sets them up nicely for next weekend’s Highland derby with Ross County.

 

Jordan White opened the scoring 11 minutes into the match against a faltering Partick side and Shaun Rooney doubled their lead 12 minutes later. Sean Welsh seemingly put the game out of reach just after the half-hour mark from the penalty spot but the Jags would mount a late comeback. However, Caley Thistle were able to keep a hold of their lead and put another three points on the board.

 

Not afraid to have a shot at goal

 

Inverness currently lead the way when it comes to shots in the division with 71. It should therefore come as little surprise to hear that they have the second most goals in the division, second only to Queen of the South, who have had Stephen Dobbie to thank for 8 of their 11 goals.

 

Of the 71 shots, just under a quarter belong to midfielder Liam Polworth who has 16 to his name and one goal to show for it. George Oakley has 10 shots and two goals and is joint top scorer alongside defender Shaun Rooney (4 shots) and midfielder Sean Welsh (3 shots).

 

 

Defensively sound

 

As well as being effective in the final third, they are also good at the other end too. John Robertson’s side have the second-best defensive record in the division with four goals conceded – only Ross County are better. In addition to this, Caley Thistle also have the joint most clean sheets across the division with three and  are yet to concede first or go behind at all in any of their five Championship encounters thus far.

 

However, one area that needs to be worked on is defending effectively until the bitter end. Three of the four goals they have conceded in league action have come after the 80th minute. While it has not cost them yet, over the course of the season, it is almost bound to if they do not seek to sort it out soon.

 

Inverness must use form to reverse recent derby misfortune

 

Inverness last won the Highland derby five games ago and will be looking to get back to winning ways and add to their record 22 derby triumphs on Saturday in Dingwall.

 

Meanwhile, Ross County management duo Steven Ferguson and Stuart Kettlewell will no doubt be eager to extend the Staggies four-match unbeaten run over their rivals.

 

 

The last time the sides met County ran out resounding 4-0 winners as Liam Boyce ran riot scoring all the goals with the result all but confirming Caley Thistle’s relegation from the Premiership back in April 2017.

 

Other Observations

 

– Stephen Dobbie’s goal scoring streak was halted by Ross County. The 35-year-old striker had been on a six-game scoring run wherein he scored 13 goals before coming up against the Staggies on Saturday.

 

– Ian McCall’s half-time team talk certainly had the desired effect as Ayr bounced back from 2-0 down to beat Falkirk 3-2. It took the Honest Men just 15 second-half minutes to turn the result on its head. It leaves Falkirk still winless after five league games. It was already clear but has been made even clearer that Ray McKinnon has a very tough job on his hands to turn things around at the Bairns.

 

– Dunfermline Athletic need to buck up their ideas, and quickly.  Tipped to be contesting at the top during pre-season, they have so far failed to live up to expectations. The Pars were poor again in a goalless draw against Alloa but did manage to put a stop to a three-match losing streak in the league.  

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