Brewster Keeps Best for Last; POPULAR BOSS: A Delighted Barry Wilson Congratulates Inverness Player-Manager Craig Brewster after the Substitute's Brilliant Later Winner Beat Hearts Goalkeeper Steve Banks (Left) to Give the Highland Club Their First League Victory of the Season in Dramatic Style
Byline: IAN BROADLEY
INVERNESS CT HEARTSTIMING is everything for a striker but even Craig Brewster almost left it toolate before securing Caley Thistle's first league win of the season.
Given their plight, it was curious that Brewster, their best and mostexperienced player, chose to sit on the bench for 85 minutes rather than pitchhimself into the action much earlier on his home debut as player-manager thesecond time around.
Instead, he elected to stick with the team which lost to Celtic in the beliefthat his side had played well enough to merit another chance. His faith seemedmisplaced in a mundane first half and his judgment appeared questionable withthe way his attack squandered clear-cut scoring opportunities.
But, when Brewster did finally intervene, the veteran showed he has lost noneof his predatory qualities with a stunning goal just seconds from the finish.
Don Cowie, whose supply had been prolific throughout, found sub Alan Morgan,who clipped the ball across the face of the goal. It wasn't the greatest ofcrosses but Brewster made it memorable with an overhead kick which flew beyondHearts keeper Steve Banks for a sensational climax.
Outplayed in the first half, it was no more than Inverness deserved for such aspirited fightback after the interval. Although still looking up on the rest ofthe league, this win will inspire confidence that they can climb out of thetrouble zone.
Hearts' line-up lent weight to the conspiracy theory that owner VladimirRomanov was again meddling in team affairs with two illogical changes to theside which defeated Rangers.
Midfielder Michael Stewart, so influential at Tynecastle last week, wasrelegated to the subs bench, while Christian Nade, another hero againstRangers, was nowhere to be seen.
With a biting wind sweeping across the field, it was never going to be aclassic and so it proved with neither side able to string two passes togetherin the early stages. After Laryea Kingston was warned for a clumsy challenge onRussell Duncan in the opening minute, it became a physical battle and Heartsheld a definite advantage in that department.
Caley, though, were the first to threaten when Cowie's accurate free-kick leftRoss Tokely with a free header, but the fullback failed to hit the target. …