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Scottish Premiership: Motherwell 1-3 Inverness CT

Inverness Caledonian Thistle ended a run of four matches without a win, defeating Motherwell at Fir Park.

A retaken Greg Tansey penalty, and exceptional strikes from Miles Storey and Iain Vigurs secured the victory.

Louis Moult prodded a goal back for the hosts after Liam Grimshaw rattled the crossbar, but lost Stephen McManus to a stoppage second yellow card.

Motherwell are still searching for a first home victory in Mark McGhee's second spell as manager.

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The visitors enjoyed a good opening spell of possession with Ryan Christie at the heart of it and he came close with an angled shot from the edge of the box.

Caley Thistle also had an early claims for a penalty waved away by referee Craig Thomson when James Vincent went down under the challenge of Josh Law.

However in the 12th minute the referee did point to the spot after Motherwell's captain for the day McManus handled a curling corner from Tansey.

If that was controversial the next decision left the Motherwell players and fans even more irate as Tansey's spot-kick was superbly saved by Connor Ripley diving low to his right.

But the referee deemed home defenders encroached on the box before Tansey had kicked the ball and ordered a retake.

Tansey made no mistake with his second attempt to put Caley Thistle ahead.

The grievance of the home side sparked them into action and Moult had a header from a Lionel Ainsworth free kick saved by Owain Fon Williams.

Louis Moult scores for Motherwell
Louis Moult gives Motherwell hope with a second half goal

Marvin Johnson then fired a right-foot effort over before Law blasted just wide from the edge of the area.

Already severely depleted by injuries, Caley Thistle lost the services of stricken playmaker Christie eight minutes before the break - he was replaced by Dani Lopez.

As the interval approached, though, the visitors increased their lead when Storey's 20-yard strike took a deflection off a Motherwell defender to fly past Ripley.

Well came close to reducing the deficit in stoppage time at the end of the first half as Grimshaw's powerful strike crashed back off the crossbar.

The visitors' third goal was straight from the training ground.

Tansey swung a corner kick from the right to Vigurs arriving late on the edge of the area, and the former Motherwell midfielder hit the perfect left-foot volley to convert against his old club.

Just before the hour mark, Moult gave the home side hope as he tapped in Ainsworth's cross at the back post.

The home side kept pressing and Stephen Pearson got on the end of a sweeping move, his effort sailing high over.

McManus was shown a red card in stoppage time for a second yellow infringement, this time on Dani Lopez, having earlier been booked for a foul on Liam Polworth.

Caley Thistle defended well to ensure they claimed their fourth league win of the season, and just their third victory in their last 16 visits to Fir Park.

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 1Ripley
  • 18Law
  • 16KennedyBooked at 56mins
  • 6McManusBooked at 90mins
  • 15Chalmers
  • 7Ainsworth
  • 4Grimshaw
  • 8PearsonBooked at 13mins
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forRobinsonat 79'minutes
  • 77McDonaldSubstituted forFletcherat 68'minutes
  • 20Moult

Substitutes

  • 5Laing
  • 9Fletcher
  • 12Samson
  • 17Robinson
  • 19Clarkson
  • 21Leitch
  • 25Taylor

Inverness CT

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 17Horner
  • 14DevineBooked at 52mins
  • 6Meekings
  • 3Tremarco
  • 20Polworth
  • 4Vincent
  • 16Tansey
  • 27VigursBooked at 18minsSubstituted forWedderburnat 80'minutes
  • 22ChristieSubstituted forLopez Roblesat 40'minutes
  • 39StoreySubstituted forWarrenat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 5Warren
  • 7Lopez Robles
  • 15Wedderburn
  • 37Sutherland
  • 43MacRae
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
3,569

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home16
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 1, Inverness CT 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 1, Inverness CT 3.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Stephen McManus (Motherwell) for dangerous play.

Foul by Stephen McManus (Motherwell).

Dani López (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Wes Fletcher (Motherwell).

Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stephen Pearson (Motherwell).

Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Louis Moult (Motherwell).

James Vincent (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Grimshaw (Motherwell).

Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Liam Grimshaw (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Louis Moult (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Carl Tremarco.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Liam Polworth.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Danny Devine.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Nathaniel Wedderburn replaces Iain Vigurs.

Attempt missed. Theo Robinson (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Theo Robinson replaces Marvin Johnson.

Kieran Kennedy (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dani López (Inverness CT).

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Josh Law.

Attempt blocked. James Vincent (Inverness CT) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

Attempt missed. Dani López (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Liam Grimshaw (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Gary Warren replaces Miles Storey because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Wes Fletcher replaces Scott McDonald.

Attempt missed. Stephen Pearson (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Marvin Johnson (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Stephen McManus (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Stephen McManus (Motherwell).

Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Lewis Horner.

Attempt blocked. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

Attempt missed. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 1, Inverness CT 3. Louis Moult (Motherwell) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lionel Ainsworth.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic13102134102432
2Hearts1492326141229
3Aberdeen149142116528
4St Johnstone147252922723
5Ross County135351815318
6Hamilton145361820-218
7Dundee144642023-318
8Inverness CT144551517-217
9Kilmarnock144371524-915
10Motherwell144281118-714
11Partick Thistle142571020-1011
12Dundee Utd1422101028-188
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