Grim performance up north that highlighted deficiencies on the park and in the dugout
Allan Johnston named the same starting 11 as last week, plus the same subs.
MINUTES THAT MATTERED:
4' Sean Murdoch's great save prevented Iain Vigurs from giving Inverness the lead with a shot from 20 yards.
23' Connor Bell turned the ball past Murdoch after awful defending from Dunfermline - firstly down the Pars' left side then a fluffed clearance in the box that fell to Bell.
36' Callum Smith was sent clean through on goal but shot well past the left post. It was to be Dunfermline's best chance of the game.
49' Fraser Aird sent a cross over from the left that Inverness keeper Mark Ridgers almost palmed into his own net.
56' Murdoch saved well from John Baird.
77' The overworked Murdoch made another save, this time from Ricky Calder.
78' Pars sub Joe Cardle shot straight at Ridgers after making space for a shot inside the penalty box.
87' Inverness almost doubled their lead but Liam Polworth's effort hit the bar.
90' Murdoch saved again from Calder as Inverness looked the more likely side to score.
A very poor display from the team in yet another example of visiting a former Premiership stadium and failing to impose themselves on the game, despite being 6 places and 11 points ahead of the home side before the game. Just as we have witnessed at Tannadice, the Falkirk Stadium, Easter Road and other grounds in the past few seasons, we gave no indication either on the park or in the dugout that we were here to win the game. The display was disjointed, with the game's only goal coming from a run down the Pars' left side, and a cross that was not cleared properly.
At half time I tweeted that changes were essential but as usual, Allan Johnston delayed, and delayed further. Eventually he made like for like substitutions (a striker and a winger coming off for another forward and winger) when it was clear that the midfield was being over powered. Johnston is incapable of changing formation or altering his only-known tactic of 4-4-2, regardless of how a game is progressing. Once again the completely ineffective Nicky Clark was given the full 90 minutes, leaving Andy Ryan on the bench.
Sean Murdoch: had a tremendous game, keeping the score down with several great saves. 8/10
Ryan Williamson: caught out defensively on several occasions and was wasteful in attack with his final ball. 5/10
Jason Talbot: had a torrid time against Jake Mulraney and only improved after Mulraney was subbed in the second half. 6/10
Lee Ashcroft: fluffed a clearance that contributed to the Inverness goal. 5/10
Callum Morris: had a decent enough game but was less impressive than in recent games. 6/10
Nat Wedderburn: outfought in midfield too many times and showed no creativity. 5/10
Aaron Splaine: being kind to the young midfielder, let's just say this should be the last we see of him for a while. 4/10
Kallum Higginbotham: booked for shouting at the linesman, and did little else. 5/10
Fraser Aird: less involved than last week but should not have been subbed. 5/10
Callum Smith: missed a great chance to equalise and perhaps needs a spell on the bench. 5/10
Nicky Clark: I am not one to single out any player but quite how Clark is given 90 minutes week after week is a mystery. Or is it? 3/10
Joe Cardle: might have done better with a shot from inside the box. 5/10
Declan McManus: a willing trier, but made less impact than hoped for. 5/10
Dean Shiels: fairly anonymous during his 18 minutes as a sub. 4/10
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