By David Buick

Inverness Caledonian Thistle continued their recent upturn in form with a fine 1-0 win against Dunfermline at East End Park in the Scottish Championship.

David Carson’s first goal since moving to Inverness was enough for the Highlanders, pushing them into fifth and just three points off the promotion play-off places. It was frustrating for the Pars, who missed the chance to take advantage of Raith Rovers’ dropped points at Ayr United and consolidate their position in second place.

Dunfermline vs. Inverness Caledonian Thistle - Ladbrokes Championship

Disappointment for Crawford and Dunfermline. (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Caley Thistle had the best of the chances throughout the afternoon and thankfully for interim manager Neil McCann, Carson was on hand to notch the winner in the second half. Here are three things we learned from the match.

Spirited Inverness earn valuable three points

In recent weeks it has looked like Inverness were in a perilous position towards the bottom of the table.  McCann faced a tough start to life in the dugout in the Highlands, however, Inverness headed to East End Park with the bit between their teeth after a win over Raith Rovers.

The Highland side put in an energetic and tireless performance. Carson’s goal was enough to seal the three points and the celebrations of the players after the goal and at full time showed just how much it meant to the Inverness players. 

Boost for McCann. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Missed opportunity

With Dundee and Raith both dropping points in recent weeks, Dunfermline missed a big chance to go three points clear in second place with games in hand. The Pars never really got going in the game and could not seem to cope with the desire shown by Inverness, who won the battles all over the park.

All afternoon the Pars were restricted largely to efforts from range, none of which managed to beat Mark Ridgers in the Inverness goal. The Pars were well beaten and if it wasn’t for a strong performance by goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams, could have seen themselves beaten by a bigger margin. 

Tight affair

If you asked a neutral about the performances of Dunfermline and Inverness so far this season, they would probably say that the Pars have had a strong campaign whilst Inverness have struggled. Looking at the league table now there are just three points separating the sides.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Dunfermline - Scottish Championship

Close in the division. (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The Championship is renowned for being a tight league but this season is as tough and congested as it has perhaps ever been. The position of these two clubs and their recent fortunes just goes to show that any team who goes on a run of two or three good results can find themselves with ambitions for the promotion play-off spots.

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