'Well drop a place after losing to Inverness

Last updated : 14 January 2012 By Firparkcorner

And being honest, the evidence of this performance suggests it won't be long until we drop out of fourth as well.  While we weren't that much worse than Inverness, we showed absolutely nothing to suggest we are viable European contenders and one home league win in the last eight attempts is horrific.

Bill_Dickie_silenceBill Dickie remembered

Inverness did have a couple of danger moments on the break in the first half but we were on top in the first half. Daley turned inside his man but having done the hard part then succeeded only in blazing his shot high into the stand.  Murphy was also sent clear but rather than shoot he elected to round the 'keeper and was eventually blocked out.

Those were the limited highlights although we seemed to have a legitimate grievance with the referee for not spotting a clear shove on Higdon in the box and also a possible pass back.

At half time the game was there for the winning but we emerged from the tunnel in a state of apathy. 

We had plenty of the ball but did little with it.  Daley played alongside Higdon which meant he had a target for his flick ons but in general this proved ineffectual against a strong visiting defence.

Tade almost capitalised on a slip when we were saved by Randolph but moments later we were finally undone.  Once more Tade was given space to turn and from fully 20 yards he rattled an unstoppable shot high into the net.

We made attacking substitutions but only to limited effect.  Ojamaa probably did enough to earn a start next week but simply put our creative players are all off form and need somehow to get going again.  Higdon, generally effective in a team playing well, will never be the spark to save a struggling team and the fact we handed Inverness a first SPL clean sheet of the season shows just how far we have fallen.

Tannadice will be a struggle next week.