Inverness Caley Thistle 3-0 Saints

By Stuart Gillespie
Last updated : 03 August 2013

 

We all tried not to panic through pre-season, told ourselves friendlies were meaningless, that we were saving ourselves for the proper stuff. Today shows it is time to worry, that the defence is poor and that we're going to struggle for goals. Unless we get some new players in quickly it's already looking like a long, hard season - and we've only played one game!

It was the same Saints team that started against Newcastle on Tuesday, meaning debuts for Gary Harkins, David Cornell and Danny Grainger. Fellow new boys Christopher Dilo and Kealan Dillon were on the bench.

The first half was goalless, Saints perhaps having the best chance when Jim Goodwin went close with a free-kick. Just minutes into the second half we were behind when David van Zanten was judged to have handled Ross Draper's shot and James Vincent scored from the sport.

By all accounts it was a harsh decision, but Saints had little time to mount a comeback. No sooner had play restarted than Grainger was short with a passback, Cornell duffed his kick and Aaron Doran gleefully slotted home.

We made a bizarre double substitution by replacing John McGinn and Paul McGowan with Sean Kelly - making his Buddies debut - and Jon Robertson before Billy McKay got the third. A bad day was completed late on when van Zanten was sent off for a second booking in the last 10 minutes.

A shocking result and one that suggests we were right to be worried in pre-season. The only good thing is we have a fortnight until our next game - two weeks in which to sort the defence and striking options and ensure it's not an absolute disaster of a season.

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