Published: 14/10/2017 17:55 - Updated: 15/10/2017 08:48

Caley Thistle hold Falkirk, but stay second bottom in Championship

Written byKenny MacDonald

Caley Thistle manager John Robertson saw his side perform superbly at Falkirk, despiet the 0-0 draw.
Caley Thistle manager John Robertson saw his side perform superbly at Falkirk, despiet the 0-0 draw.
CALEY Jags slugged out a goalless draw at Falkirk in a match they should have had won out of sight in the Ladbrokes Championship.
This was ICT's thrid clean sheet in a row, but they remain second bottom of the league with just one win this season in the division.
The match marked Paul Hartley's dugout debut for Bairns but he admitted later they were fortunate to take a point.
John Baird fired a scorching, rising shot which zipped across the face of goal and narrowly wide in the early sparring.
And John Robertson's troops maintainted that early pressure with a shot on a run down the middle by Liam Polworth which forced Bairns keeper Robbie Thomson into a smart save, low to the left in 10 minutes.
But recalled Ridgers, in for the injuted Owain Fon Williams, pulled off the save of the game in 34 minutes with a stunning backwards flip to tip a power-packed header by Jordan McGhee over the bar for a corner when it seemed destined for the top left from seven yards.
Caley Thistle stormed out the traps in the second half, with Baird's surging run into the box ending tamely with a miscued shot over the top in 47 minutes while team-mate Jake Mulraney was to his right screaming for the ball.
However, the stop-start match was probably best summed up with a blunder by Bairns' Alex Harris in 49 minutes when he tried to flick the ball right just inside the Caley Thistle and stumbled over it to the deck amid howls of derision from the away fans.
Robbo's revamped troops stepped up the pace and Baird squeezed a brilliant ball through a ruck of players into the box for unmarked Carl Tremarco.
But while the Bairns defence waited for an offside decision, Tremarco hurried his effort over the bar from 12 yards in 58 minutes.
Then Connor Bell had the travelling fans on their feet to acclaim a goal when he fired in a an angled drive from the right which beat keeper Thomson, hit the base of the right post and appear to ruffle the net.
However, the ball had curled around into the back netting and the joy was short-lived.
The Highlanders were pouring forward at every opportunity and next up was Baird with a close-range header which he should have buried from Connor Bell's inviting cross, but he blazed it high over the bar.
And Mulraney cursed his luck in 72 minutes with two efforts which were spectacularly close.
First, he thudded a shot from the left of the box which caught out keeper Thomson only to spin up from his legs and over for a corner which was smuggled to the back of the area where he crashed a rising a shot against the right post.
Mulraney was denied yet again a couple of minutes later with a fabulous one-handed save by Thomson low to his right from a 20-yard pile-driver before scampering to recover and gather the loose ball.
ICT are on the road again next week when they go to Dundee United, who slipped to fourth after a 2-0 loss at now second-placed Livingston. 

Falkirk: Thomson, McGhee, Muirhead, Grant, McKee, Taiwo (Blues 59 ), Kerr, Hipployte, Harris (Austin 67 ), O'Hara (Craigen 59), Balatoni. Subs not used: Mutch, Gasparotto, Shepherd, Gallacher.
Inverness CT:  Ridgers , Raven, Tremarco, Chalmers, Polworth, Baird, Vigurs, Mulraney, (Mackay 85)  Bell, McKay, Donaldson. Subs not used: Esson, Elsdon, Oakley, Calder, Cooper, Mackay, Brown.
Referee:  Nick Walsh.
Attendance: 4,107.

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