The Sunday Post (Newcastle)

QOS 1 Fitzpatric­k (65) INVERNESS CT 1 Todorov (68)


Neil McCann hailed his Inverness side’s character after battling back for a point against play-off rivals Queen of the South.

A brilliant individual strike from Aidan Fitzpatric­k put the Doonhamers ahead on 65 minutes but a Nickolay Todorov close-range header three minutes later made sure the points were shared.

The point brings a halt to Caley’s six-match winning streak but it’s now eight unbeaten in all competitio­ns for McCann’s men.

He said: “I thought we conceded a really poor goal as they drove through us which we failed to stop but we showed an enormous amount of character to come back.

“It shows we’ve got mettle about us and we’re not prepared to give up particular­ly when I don’t think we played at our best. The draw ends our winning run, but it doesn’t stop our good feeling at the club.”

It was a frantic start at Palmerston and Scott Allan was influentia­l for the visitors. Miles Storey found the on-loan Hibs’ midfielder in mountains of space. Allan opted to shoot first time and Rohan Ferguson saved.

A minute later, Queens forward Connor Shields burst forward but his shot was collected by Mark Ridgers.

On the half hour mark Rhys McCabe’s free-kick found Rhys Breen in the box. His header looked destined for the net but Ridgers tipped it round the post.

Both sides were going for it and it was the Dumfries men who should have edged ahead on 35 minutes. Dapo Mebude poked a ball through to Shields but again Ridgers was on hand to flick his shot wide.

Queens finally broke the deadlock when substitute Fitzpatric­k picked the ball up on the halfway line and burst forward into the box and fired a terrific strike past Ridgers.

However, their advantage didn’t last long when in-form Todorov nodded home a Storey delivery to level the contest.

Queens boss Allan Johnston said: “We go ahead with an unbelievab­le strike from Aidan and that should be enough to win the match. It’s really frustratin­g that we lost such a cheap goal only a matter of minutes after that.

“We still believe we can break into the top four and into the play-off positions.”

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