Grigg double downs MK Dons
Inverness came from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw at home to
St Mirren in the Scottish Premier League.
Inverness had lost only once in their previous 18 matches in all
competitions and surpassed their goals tally for last season as
they took their total to 44, two more than their entire haul in
Injuries and suspensions left St Mirren boss Danny Lennon a
player short on the substitutes’ bench but the Paisley side stunned
Inverness when they scored after just 76 seconds following a
lightning three-man move started by Stephen Thompson.
Dougie Imrie finished it off with a low angled shot from 18
yards after Paul McGowan had also played his part as the link
Andrew Shinnie equalised after 38 minutes only for Thompson to
put St Mirren back in the driving seat 10 minutes after the
restart. However, Inverness captain Richie Foran headed the home
side level again with 67 minutes played.
St Mirren very nearly increased their lead after 21 minutes.
Graham Carey’s fiercely struck free-kick on the right side from 25
yards cannoned off the crossbar with goalkeeper Antonio Reguero
rooted to the spot.
Thompson was presented with a half-chance for the Paisley side
three minutes later after Gary Teale had engineered the opening,
but proceeded to shoot wildly high over the crossbar.
Inverness returned to the offensive and top-scorer Billy McKay
was denied his 19th goal of the season when Samson made an
outstanding save to block the striker’s header from point-blank
range after Aaron Doran had played the ball in.
But the keeper was unable to stop Shinnie’s strike drawing
Inverness level after 38 minutes. McKay played a pass to the
midfielder and Shinnie cut inside before looking up quickly to pick
his spot and drove the ball in the top right-hand corner from
approximately 25 yards.
Inverness began the second half encouragingly and McKay should
have done better than shoot weakly wide from close range with only
Samson to beat after Andrew Shinnie had cut the ball back for
It turned out to be an even costlier miss when Thompson atoned
for his previous profligacy by restoring St Mirren’s advantage 10
minutes after the restart, heading home Teale’s cross from close
But Inverness continued to look capable of exploiting
deficiencies in St Mirren’s back division and they did so after 67
minutes. Doran lashed in a powerful shot and Samson could only push
the ball into the air and Foran was able to head past him from
Grigg’s brace plus goals from Febian Brandy and Jamie Paterson
handed the Saddlers a second successive win, while Ryan Lowe and
Dean Bowditch were both on target for the below-par Dons.
Lowe put the Dons ahead after only six minutes when he stole in
unmarked to head home Adam Chicksen’s cross for his fourth goal in
as many games.
But Walsall scored two goals in 10 minutes to turn the match on
its head, first when Brandy bundled his way through to lash the
ball into the top corner and then when Grigg skinned Mathias Doumbe
to curl the ball past David Martin.
Dons forward Bowditch made it 2-2 when he neatly slotted in
Lowe’s lay-off, but Grigg restored Walsall’s lead two minutes
before the break, tapping in Craig Westcarr’s low cross from close
The Dons struck the woodwork twice after the break as substitute
Patrick Bamford had a shot deflected against the post and Antony
Kay headed against an upright,
But after Grigg had also been denied a hat-trick by the woodwork
as his header hit the crossbar, Paterson made it 4-2 in the 90th
minute when his curling shot was deflected past Martin.