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The Preview: Blues v Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Posted: Fri 01 Aug 2014
Author: Andy Walker

Blues v Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Image by: Craig Aldwinckle

Blues play their last warm up fixture before the 2014/15 season gets underway as Inverness Caledonian Thistle come to St. Andrew's on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Lee Clark on Inverness Caledonian Thistle...

"We’re looking for a tough encounter. Whenever an English team plays a Scottish side, there’s a little bit of fire in it and it can get a bit feisty. John (Hughes, Inverness boss) has got a reputation as being a manager that likes his team to play good football, and Middlesbrough under Aitor Karanka have got that philosophy as well, so it was a game we picked on purpose to come up against a good footballing team. This match should give us a few ideas about how to prevent them from being productive but also how we play against them."

Clark on pre-season overall...

"You try to temper what you say by not getting over excited because it is pre-season and the real stuff is going to be happening in a week’s time, but I’ve got to say that from day one the work ethic and focus of the players has been absolutely brilliant on the training pitch and in the games. The early games were all about the fitness levels and pushing themselves to the limit and, since then, we’ve worked on the tactical side and they’ve tried to do the things that we’ve asked them to do. Sometimes it’s been really good and there are some areas that we need to brush up on and we’re not getting over-excited by the positive results. But in a nutshell, the pre-season has been terrific so far."

Clark on his selection headaches ahead of the start of the season...

"I’ve got options to change things but I would like to have a settled back five – goalkeeper and defence – because I think that was one of the areas we have to improve on from last season, in terms of conceding goals. In the attacking part of the pitch as well you can change things depending on how the game is going. We’ve got players that can produce a bit of magic to get you a goal. We’ve seen glimpses of some terrific interplay between the attacking players and all of these things are bubbling away under the surface."

Ticket details...

Subject to demand, only the Kop Stand will be open for this fixture with cash turnstiles available. For ticket details, click HERE.

Live coverage...

Audio commentary from Keith Laurent and legend Michael Johnson will be available via Blues Player HERE. Andy Walker will also be running interactive text updates via the Blues Wall HERE.


- Unsurprisingly, this will be the first meeting between Blues and Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
 - Blues forward Andy Shinnie's younger brother Graeme is set to play for Caley Thistle.
 - As well as Andy Shinnie, striker Adam Rooney arrived at St. Andrew's from the Caledonian Stadium. The former made 66 appearances, scoring 24 goals, between 2011 and 2013 while the latter made 120 appearances, scoring on 53 occasions, between 2008 and 2011.
- Inverness finished 5th in the 12-team Scottish Premier League last season.
- Inverness were only formed (as Caledonian Thistle F.C) as recently as 1994.

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