Inverness CT 4 - 1 Dundee

Match info: Scottish Premier at Caledonian Stadium

Date: 22/12/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: K Clancy Att: 3,003

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Inverness

Billy McKay 12 (pen),48
Owain Tudur Jones 24
Andrew Shinnie 70

4
vs
1

Dundee

Nicky Riley 19

FT (ht: 2-1)

  • Last Updated: December 22 2012, 18:05 GMT

Inverness manager Terry Butcher hailed his side's goalscoring prowess after they matched last season's Clydesdale Bank Premier League tally with a 4-1 victory over Dundee.

Inverness' Billy McKay celebrates
Inverness' Billy McKay celebrates

Billy McKay scored for a seventh consecutive match as he claimed a double to send Caley Thistle back into second in the SPL.

Inverness have now scored 42 SPL goals, equalling last season's final total exactly at the halfway point of the campaign.

Butcher said: "That just shows how c*** we were last season. I've forgotten last year, thanks for reminding me.

"I'm just delighted it's another win and we have scored a good number of goals again. We could have had more, Rab Douglas has had a great game.

"If you had said at the start of the season, by Christmas we would be second in the league, I would have said you have had a few glasses.

"But we are where we are and we will certainly enjoy Christmas."

McKay took his tally for the season to 18 with a penalty opener and the crucial third goal, which finished off the previously spirited resistance of Dundee three minutes after the break, when he scored from the ground after failing to take the ball past Douglas.

A long-range strike from Owain Tudur Jones, which put the hosts 2-1 ahead in the 24th minute, and a solo effort from Andrew Shinnie took Caley Thistle past the half-century mark to 53 goals in all competitions.

Butcher added: "We have good quality going forward and if you give people like Andy Shinnie space then he is going to score. And Billy always scores.

"The second goal was like an Inspector Gadget leg coming from somewhere and plays the ball.

"It was the most bizarre goal I've seen for a long, long while and I was just delighted to see it go in Dundee's goal. We have scored again, for a 24th game, and Billy's on fire."

Dundee gave as good as they got in the first half but conceded from Tudur Jones' effort five minutes after Nicky Riley had levelled with an impressive finish.

And they shot themselves in the foot three minutes after the interval when Iain Davidson's back pass set up McKay.

Manager Barry Smith said: "We thought we had created enough chances in the first half to possibly go in level.

"Obviously the third goal makes it a lot more difficult and they go from strength to strength."

Smith had few complaints about the penalty, given for Declan Gallagher's barge on Richie Foran.

"I have not seen it again but I think, when I do, it probably is one," he said.


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