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Keir Murray

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    Congratulations to Inverness, who were worthy winners this evening, and best of luck to St Mirren as they try to find a morale-boosting win or two. Thanks very much indeed for logging on this evening and for all your excellent contributions. We'll be back tomorrow for Celtic's match against Partick Thistle and the Alloa-Rangers tie. All the best.

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    St Mirren manager Tommy Craig

    "To be fair to Thompson, Osbourne, McGinn and Goodwin they have all come back from lengthy lay-offs. It will take them a few games to get back to their best. On tonight's performance they [disgruntled Saints fans] obviously have their concerns and no wonder."

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    St Mirren manager Tommy Craig

    "We looked totally bereft of confidence after the first goal. You could see our confidence draining. On the night we were beaten by a much better team. We can't afford to give a goal away, never mind four."

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    Dejected St Mirren players

    The St Mirren players look dejected at full time. They face a difficult series of matches before the year is out.

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    ICT fan: "St Mirren don't need to be sacking their manager now. Look what happened to Hibs last year. We played well tonight but still rode our luck at times."

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    Inverness CT manager John Hughes

    "The last time we went to Partick Thistle they beat us 3-1. They are a right good side. We are in for a difficult game. Let's enjoy tonight and focus on the game on Saturday against Dundee. I know Tommy Craig and he inspires me. Every time I went down to Largs [where coaching courses are held] he was my coach. All managers go through a patch where their team are lacking confidence. But now he has Thommo, Osbourne and McGinn back. If Tommy keeps all his players fit, he is the man to keep them in the SPL."

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    Inverness CT manager John Hughes

    "To score four goals and keep that winning run going at home, I'm delighted. I see the boys are enjoying their football. We're confident, we've got good momentum. Plus, touch wood, we've been clear of injury, except for Richie Foran. I have to admit I was a bit apprehensive about the game tonight but all credit to the boys, we went about our business with a real good manner. They are a wonderful bunch to work with. I get everything out of them."

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    Here comes the Inverness boss...

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    Tam McIlroy: "John Coughlin and Tom Hendrie were both sacked after 4-0 defeats to ICT. I had 4-0 @ 20/1. So predictable. Annoyed Buddie."

    Phil: "Inverness are joint top of the league, just won 4 zip and are playing great football, have no debt and make a profit every season but typical central belt media slating Inverness over attendances. Crowd sizes do not equal success."

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    Danny Williams celebrates scoring Inverness's third

    Danny Williams celebrates scoring Inverness's third as his team ease their way into the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Billy Dodds

    (On the poor attendance at Inverness) "The only way you can rectify that is keep winning games."


    Inverness CT 4-0 St Mirren

  13. GOAL

    Inverness CT 4-0 St Mirren (Shinnie)

    Graeme Shinnie rubs salt into the Saints wound as he rounds off the scoring in the Highlands.


    We're beginning two minutes of injury time. The final whistle just cannot come too soon for the Buddies. You have to feel for them and their manager.

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    Andrew: "Inverness could go far in the cup this season, they look like a good cup team and are well capable of getting a big result on their day. Watch this space!"

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    The attendance tonight is 1,326.

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    Aaron Doran cracks a shot at goal that dips just too late to sneak under the St Mirren crossbar.

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    Saints fan Eddie: "St Mirren board need to take action before it's too late...or is it too late already? Absolute disaster of a season so far."

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    Let's remind ourselves who is playing in the Scottish Cup fifth round:

    Queen of the South v St Johnstone

    Rangers v Raith Rovers

    Dundee v Celtic

    Hibernian v Arbroath

    Falkirk v Annan Athletic or Brechin City

    Stranraer or Dunfermline Athletic v Dundee United

    Partick Thistle v St Mirren or Inverness Caledonian Thistle

    Spartans v Berwick Rangers or Albion Rovers

    Ties to be played on the weekend of 7/8 February.

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    Iain in Howwood: "Heart goes out to the diehard Saints fans who deserved better tonight. Sorry to say that until club is sold we will only get worse. St Mirren as a club are stagnant."

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    Aaron Doran, on as a sub for scorer Danny Williams, threatens to make it four for Inverness but his shot is saved by Mark Ridgers. There are 10 minutes to go.

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    Ross County manager Jim McIntyre, St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright and coach Callum Davidson and Dundee boss Paul Hartley take in the game...and have a laugh

    Ross County manager Jim McIntyre, St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright and coach Callum Davidson, and Dundee boss Paul Hartley take in the game...and have a laugh.

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    Jack in Arran: "Sad to say but where can Tommy hide now?"

    Alan, St Mirren fan: "What is going on? Tommy doesn't know what he is doing, time for action."

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    John Hughes decides on a change to his Inverness personnel, sending on Ryan Christie for Marley Watkins.


    Greg Tansey's corner kick is knocked against the crossbar by Gary Warren, scorer of Caley Thistle's first goal this evening. St Mirren goalie Mark Ridgers may have got a touch to that.

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Barry Wilson

    "The good thing from Inverness's point of view is that the goals are coming from all over the park, whereas last season it was mostly from Billy McKay. Now Watkins, Vincent, Draper and Tansey are all chipping in."

  27. GOAL

    Inverness CT 3-0 St Mirren (Williams)

    Marley Watkins makes a run into the Saints danger area and crosses for Billy McKay who rattles a shot off the underside of the crossbar. Young Sean Kelly fluffs the attempt to clear, allowing Danny Williams in to score. Games, set and match, surely.

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    St Mirren make a change - Marc McAusland goes off injured and is replaced by Adam Brown.

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    BBC Scotland commentator Rob Maclean

    "It's a big ask of the young St Mirren players like Jason Naismith and Sean Kelly to expect them to turn things around."

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    Marley Watkins tests Mark Ridgers with a shot but it's a comfortable save for the Buddies goalie.

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    Stan in Paisley: "You have two leaders-elect on the park with (Jim) Goodwin and Thommo (Steven Thompson). What are they doing to influence things?"

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    St Mirren manager Tommy Craig

    St Mirren manager Tommy Craig can hardly watch events unfold at Inverness - but a goal for his team would change the complexion of this Cup replay.

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    There is an awful lot of criticism coming in for St Mirren. Can they do anything on the pitch this evening? They simply haven't troubled Inverness goalie Dean Brill AT ALL.

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    Al in Bridge of Weir: "Don't know how many times it has to be said, every game it seems. St Mirren are a completely unhinged club. No leadership on or of the park. When will it change? I would suggest not this season in any way. It's a shame, the loyal fans are being led a not so merry dance here. Terrible state of affairs."

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    St Mirren's three Premiership games before Christmas are at home to St Johnstone, away to Celtic, then home again for the visit of Motherwell. No easy games when you're struggling.

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    While Tommy Craig suffers as Saints boss, John Hughes is all smiles as Inverness manager, writes Martin Dowden.

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    Al: "The board might save Craigs job, I will be saving £20 on Saturday 3 weeks before Christmas! "Sell it to me"? - you can't! #bbcscotfootball"

  38. KICK-OFF

    The second half is under way.

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    Rod in Inverness: "I agree with John [at 20:14], £18 is too much. I have been to one match this season, cost £26 to get in. I wont be rushing back, the experience was not worth it. The football was ok but it's freezing sitting on your bum! Why can't they make some standing space? Most of the punters were middle aged or older, The future of football does not look good."

    Tam McIlroy, Renfrew: "The only change Tommy Craig can make that will make a difference is to leave at HT."

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    BBC Scotland pitchside reporter Martin Dowden

    "Tommy (Craig) doesn't look very animated. He isn't saying much to the players. You look at the St Mirren players coming off at half-time and they look beaten. You compare that with John Hughes and he was screaming at his players and they were 2-0 up."

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Barry Wilson

    "The first 15 minutes St Mirren were allowing Inverness possession but in good areas - across the back. But as soon as they lost the first goal you could see the heads go down. It has been downhill since then. The one shred of comfort is that Tommy can say to the players, 'we can't play any worse, we are one chance, one refereeing decision away from getting back into this'."

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    Greg Tansey scores a penalty

    Greg Tansey doubles Caley Thistle's lead from the spot after a foul by St Mirren's Jim Goodwin.

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    ICT scorer Gary Warren

    Gary Warren put Inverness ahead and his team are well worth their 2-0 half-time lead.


    Inverness CT 2-0 St Mirren

    St Mirren manager Tommy Craig will be using all his experience to try to lift his players at the interval. His team are two down and it really could, and should, have been more. Danny Williams and James Vincent have had chances to inflict further pain.

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Billy Dodds

    "If they lose the next goal it could be a long, long night for St Mirren."

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    Inverness striker Billy McKay lofts a chip to the back post and Jim Goodwin makes an impressive block to deny a header. The home fans claim the Irishman used an arm to do so but the ref is having none of it.

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    Graeme Shinnie causes havoc in the St Mirren defence with another surging run across the halfway line. The home side have to settle for a corner this time.

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    Of course, Scottish Cup ties can throw up the occasional surprise result. However, the score as it stands is in keeping with the teams' league form - Inverness trail Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic on goal difference. St Mirren are a whopping 21 points further back, escaping bottom spot by dint of goal difference, at minus 15 for the season so far.

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    BBC Radio Scotland commentator Rob Maclean

    "There is every sign tonight that such an impressive home record will remain intact. Inverness look so comfortable."

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Billy Dodds

    "If you're a St Mirren team playing with confidence there will always be someone there for the second ball. But there was no-one in support there for St Mirren."

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    Oh, dear. Inverness midfielder James Vincent, lurking at the back post, heads the ball into the arms of the St Mirren keeper and promptly hangs his bonce in shame. That should have been 3-0. St Mirren are living dangerously.

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    Mark Ridgers makes a vital save from Danny Williams' poorly hit shot from 10 yards. That keeps Saints in the tie...just.

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Barry Wilson

    "(Marc) MacAusland is a natural centre half but he hates to get pulled into the wide areas."

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    John in Inverness: "The price for tonight's game is ridiculous - £18. Think of how much it would cost Saints fans to come up the road. £5 an adult and a pound a child would at least see a few more hundred at the game!"

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    Buddies boss Tommy Craig must be stunned at how quickly his team have gone two goals behind. From one-half chance in the first 20 minutes, we've suddenly had two goals in quick succession.

  56. GOAL

    Inverness CT 2-0 St Mirren (Tansey pen)

    You have to feel for Jim Goodwin. First he concedes a corner from which Inverness scored their first goal, then he slips and fouls Marley Watkins to give away a spot kick. Greg Tansey made no mistake, sending the helpless Mark Ridgers the wrong way.


    Inverness have a penalty. Foul by Jim Goodwin on Marley Watkins.

  58. GOAL

    Inverness CT 1-0 St Mirren (Warren)

    Gary Warren runs across his marker and has time and space to head home Greg Tansey's cross.

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    The stadium isn't exactly packed to capacity tonight - nether team has enjoyed a large support this season. This anonymous text to 80295 was read out on Sportsound earlier...

    "Clubs can lower prices as much as they like but if the matchday experience remains as boring and sterile as it is, it will make little if any difference. The total lack of atmosphere at empty, far too large all seater grounds where fans are treated like potential criminals and fans can't stand as well and get ripped off for mainly poor food and drinks mean football is often boring as a product." Say what you mean!

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    Well, what do you know? Caley Thistle winger Danny Williams has a pop at goal but Mark Ridgers in the Saints goal is unperturbed, collecting calmly.

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    No goal chances to get worked up about just yet... (he types, knowing one must be coming.)

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    St Mirren midfielder Jim Goodwin has been talking to our reporter Kenny Crawford about his latest indiscretion on the football pitch, the elbow on Dundee United's Aidan Connolly that led to a ban. He said: "I hope the St Mirren fans give me one last chance and this will be the last chance because I've been well warned it can't happen again. I take full responsibility for my actions, it's unacceptable.

    "I apologise to everyone involved in our club and I apologise to young Connolly at United.

    "It's something I've had to take on the chin and it's only me that can change it. There's probably one or two people out there who have lost patience with me and I hope the supporters here will give me one more chance to prove I can get that kind of thing out of my game.

    "Hopefully I can help the team going forward rather than hinder them."

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    Don't forget, we could be looking at extra-time and penalties this evening. What d'you reckon? A home win in 90 minutes?

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    John McGinn makes a good run at the Inverness defence but cannot get enough on the cut-back.


    Graeme Shinnie is booked in the first minute of the match. Just the 89 minutes, at least, to tread carefully for the Inverness left-back.

  66. KICK-OFF

    And we're off and running...


    Now, let's be having your views on the match. If you fancy doing so, please get those fingers - or thumbs, if you're under 25 - typing out a text to 80295, send us a tweet to #bbcscotfootball or post a message on Facebook.

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    The referee tonight is Calum Murray.


    Inverness CT: Brill, Raven, Meekings, Warren, Shinnie, Vincent, Draper, Tansey, Williams, Watkins, McKay. Subs: Esson, Doran, Ross, Devine, Tremarco, Polworth, Christie.

    St Mirren: Ridgers, Naismith, McAusland, Tesselaar, Kelly, Goodwin, Reilly, Osbourne, McLean, McGinn, Thompson. Subs: Marwood, Ball, Drury, Brown, Teale, Kello, Caldwell.

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    Inverness make two changes from the side that drew in Paisley three days ago in the first Scottish Cup fourth-round match between the teams. Nick Ross and Ryan Christie drop to the bench with Marley Watkins and Greg Tansey, who missed Saturday through suspension, returning to the team.

    St Mirren make one switch from the 1-1 draw, Jim Goodwin coming in for James Marwood. Steven Thompson retains his place in the side after making his return from injury in the first game.

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    Let's get some team news for the match, which begins at 19:45 GMT at the beautifully situated Caledonian Stadium.

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    The warmest of welcomes on this chilly evening as we begin our live text commentary of the Scottish Cup replay between Inverness Caledonian Thistle and St Mirren.