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Inverness Caledonian Thistle goal hero Reece McAlear hopes to draw inspiration from lucky red crayon against St Johnstone in Premiership Play-off Final second leg


By Will Clark


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Reece McAlear hopes to draw inspiration from a lucky charm which he was given into the Premiership Play-off Final second leg.

Reece McAlear scored twice against St Johnstone. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Reece McAlear scored twice against St Johnstone. Picture: Ken Macpherson

Club analyst Fraser Gorman gave the midfielder a red crayon which he found in the ground and told him it was a lucky charm.

Since being given the red crayon, McAlear has not been on the losing team, having avoided defeat in their last seven games.

The midfielder, on loan from Norwich City, scored twice in the 2–2 draw against St Johnstone in the play-off final first leg, dragging his team back from 2–0 down.

Whether the red crayon is a lucky charm or not, McAlear says he will be taking it with him to McDiarmid Park tomorrow night as Inverness look to secure promotion.

"I got a crayon from Fraser the analyst a few weeks ago and we've not been beat since then," he said.

"He said it was a lucky red crayon and I keep it in the dressing room.

"I'm taking it on Monday."

Inverness looked dead and buried in the first leg after St Johnstone went 2–0 up and were pressing for a third.

But McAlear pulling one back with 20 minutes remaining followed by a spectacular free kick to level the tie means it is all square heading to Perth.

McAlear says it was the best moment of his career, but knows there is still work to do.

"I've scored a few free kicks in my time, but with the magnitude of the game and the second goal to equalise it is up there.

"Its good to score two goals in a game, but it is two each and its all to play for in the second leg.

"We are getting tired, but there is a togetherness to push us on together, we have played six games in three weeks. But we have a belief to win the game."

Speaking about coming from 2–0 down to draw the match, he said: "There was a couple of chances and we were getting closer and closer.

"People were getting off their seats shouting and cheering. It pushes you more to score the first goal and then the free kick went in.

"There is a togetherness, belief and spirit with us, there is no point in playing if you don't believe in each other."


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