Dundee United 4 - 4 Inverness CT

Match info: Scottish Premier at Tannadice Park

Date: 15/12/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: J Beaton Att: 5,483

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Dundee U

Josh Meekings 5 (og)
Jon Daly 6,90+3 (pen)
Rudi Skacel 8



Billy McKay 26,28,62 (pen)
Gary Warren 86

FT (ht: 3-2)

  • Last Updated: December 15 2012, 18:47 GMT

Inverness boss Terry Butcher admitted his side felt a sense of disappointment despite coming from 3-0 down to share the spoils with Dundee United in their thrilling Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash at Tannadice.

Billy McKay scored a hat-trick for Inverness
Billy McKay scored a hat-trick for Inverness

Captain Jon Daly's last minute penalty came after the Tangerines had raced into a 3-0 lead inside eight minutes - before Billy McKay's hat-trick followed by Gary Warren's 86th-minute header looked like earning the points for the second-placed visitors.

United went ahead through Josh Meeking's early own goal before further strikes from Daly and Rudi Skacel seemed to have them home and dry, until McKay sparked a comeback which few inside Tannadice would have predicted.

The draw ended a run of four straight wins for Caley and Butcher did admit a tinge of sadness his side could not hold on for the three points.

"It was an absolutely incredible game," he said.

"After eight minutes I'm thinking our run is over because our game-plan was gone.

"We had to change things round and got into the game so I can only give credit to the players for doing so.

"We got two goals back from Billy McKay's opportunism after United had made a blistering start.

"In saying that, we compounded that by throwing in some goals as well with some poor defensive play.

"Our team talk was quite simple as well at half-time because we treated it as though we were only 1-0 down.

"I must stress our team played a tough 90 minutes in the Scottish Cup against Ross County during the week so their fitness levels are excellent.

"I'm so pleased with their spirit and commitment but we were just disappointed not to hold on for a win in the end."

"It was one of the most exciting games you'll ever see in the SPL.

"It was end-to-end-stuff. There were incidents galore and penalties which made for great entertainment so everyone got their money's worth."

Meanwhile, Dundee United boss Peter Houston admitted his side were reeling from throwing away a three-goal lead.

Houston said: "It feels morel like a defeat if I'm being honest.

"When you go 3-0 up so early on in any game and score goals at home you really do expect to win the match

"The only thing I'm pleased about is the fact we got a late penalty to get us a point.

"We didn't defend crosses into the box all that well which is something we've been working hard on recently.

"We're all naturally frustrated with the end result. You would expect that from an honest bunch of boys in the dressing-room.

"At their fourth goal we had a chance to clear it but didn't stop the cross and were punished because of that.

"When it did come into the box, there were enough Tangerine jerseys to get their head on it but they were more hungry to get there, which was disappointing.

"Inverness will go home the more happier of the two teams, which is understandable."

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