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Summary

  1. (FT) Ross County 4-0 Inverness CT
  2. Liam Boyce scores all four goals
  3. Liam Polworth sent off for Caley
  4. Kick-off was delayed until 20:00 BST
  5. Caley Thistle five points adrift at the bottom

Live Reporting

By Keir Murray

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    FT Ross County 4-0 Inverness CT

    Thank you very much for logging on tonight. We had to to keep you hanging on there while we waited to hear from the Inverness boss. Look out for post-match reaction and the highlights on our website this evening. All the best.

  2. 'I need nasty'

    FT Ross County 4-0 Inverness CT

    Inverness CT manager Richie Foran: "It's going to be harder but it's not impossible. There are still 12 points up for grabs. It's a tough task now. I can see some of the players are low in confidence. We have too many nice guys in our team, I need nasty. I have to look at my signings. I should have signed a couple of warriors, a couple of real men. We need to win the four games."

  3. Highlights online at midnight

    FT Ross County 4-0 Inverness CT

    We'll have highlights of the match on the BBC Sport website at midnight. We're just waiting to bring you the post-match thoughts of Richie Foran.

  4. 'A real team performance'

    FT Ross County 4-0 Inverness CT

    Ross County manager Jim McIntyre: "It was a very important evening and it was so important to get that first goal. Gardyne and Dow had very important jobs, in terms of getting the balance right between tucking in defensively and also being a threat. Pivotal to us winning this match was the partnership between Liam Boyce and Craig Curran. They were just so difficult to deal with. It helps get you up the pitch when the strikers can hold the ball up. We spoke about the need to get crosses into the box because we know they don't deal with that well. It was a real team performance tonight. We're sitting in seventh place, hopefuilly results go our way tomorrow. There is still a lot of work to be done. We won't finish in the bottom spot but there is still a realistic chance of being dragged into a play-off. We need to make sure that focus is the same when we go down to Motherwell next week."

  5. 'This has been coming'

    FT Ross County 4-0 Inverness CT

    Former ICT player and manager Charlie Christie: "It's a really, really awful night for Caley Thistle and it hurts me to say it, but this has been coming. I've been there since day one, I've coached from under-nines to the first team. It's been coming. I need to watch what I'm saying because I'm an employee of the club, but it's disappointing."

  6. The northern lights

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    Inverness centre-half Jamie McCart cannot look as the County fans rejoice at putting their rivals in even deeper relegation trouble
    Image caption: Inverness centre-half Jamie McCart cannot look as the County fans rejoice at putting their rivals in even deeper relegation trouble
  7. If Dembele's worth £40m...

    FT Ross County 4-0 Inverness CT

    BBC Scotland commentator Liam McLeod: "Those four goals have taken Liam Boyce up to 20 in the Premiership, 21 overall, at the top of the table with Scott Sinclair of Celtic. Boyce and Sinclair have scored three more than Moussa Dembele, a player who has been valued at £40m."

  8. It's all about the supply

    FT Ross County 4-0 Inverness CT

    Ross County scorer Liam Boyce: "It was just an all-round good performance. To be honest, I don't score goals unless crosses are getting put in to the box. I just know he (Michael Gardyne) is going to drop the shoulder and whip the ball into the box. No-one can live with how quick it is and the change of direction. I just have to make a movement. I think we completely dominated."

    Michael Gardyne: "That is four or five times this season we have bullied them. It is a great result. We knew if we won we'd be 11 points away from Caley. When you're in the bottom six the task is to finish seventh so we will go and make sure we finish best of the rest."

  9. Premiership table, ICT in trouble

    FT Ross County 4-0 Inverness CT

    Well, Inverness need other teams, especially Dundee, to have a stinker of a run-in so that they might avoid the automatic relegation spot. They are in deep trouble.

    Scottish Premiership table
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    Ross County 4-0 Inverness CT

  11. How do you recover from this?

    Ross County 4-0 Inverness CT

    Martin Dowden

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Liam Boyce was approaching double figures in Highland derbies this season. His withdrawal was perhaps the only thing that prevented that.

    It's turned into a horrendous night for Inverness. How Richie Foran lifts his side from this who knows?

  12. Bad night for ICT

    Ross County 4-0 Inverness CT

    Craig Thomson sends off Liam Polworth as the night goes from bad to worse for Caley Thistle
    Image caption: Craig Thomson sends off Liam Polworth as the night goes from bad to worse for Caley Thistle
  13. Gardyne goes close

    Ross County 4-0 Inverness CT

    Ryan Esson gets a strong hand to Michael Gardyne's fizzing shot as he palms it his left and to safety.

  14. Desperate measures

    Ross County 4-0 Inverness CT

    Inverness are knocking long balls up to Billy Mckay when they occasionally win possession, but the little striker has no chance against the County defence and the hosts are able to quickly regain control.

  15. It can be a cruel sport

    Ross County 4-0 Inverness CT

    This is excruciating for Caley Thistle fans. They have eight more minutes to endure. County are knocking the ball about with ease against the 10 men.

  16. Boyce on form

    Ross County 4-0 Inverness CT

    Liam Boyce hammers in his third of the match, this time from the penalty spot
    Image caption: Liam Boyce hammers in his third of the match, this time from the penalty spot
  17. A humbling experience

    Ross County 4-0 Inverness CT

    On BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound, Charlie Christie: "I don't think I've ever, in 23 years, encountered Ross County fans being in a position to "ole" Caley Thistle. It's usually the opposite. You just want the game to finish. It'a a really difficult time."

  18. Jake's lucky break...for now

    Ross County 4-0 Inverness CT

    Earlier, TV replays showed that Jake Mulraney was very fortunate not to be sent off for an off-the-ball incident in which he appeared to try to head-butt Michael Gardyne.

  19. Boyce - a healthy return

    Ross County 4-0

    Those four goals by Liam Boyce have taken his tally to 21 for the season. That is a very impressive return for a team in the bottom half of the Premiership table.

  20. Nothing beats experience

    Ross County 4-0 Inverness CT

    Charlie Christie tells BBC Radio Scotland listeners: "What concerned me is our two centre-backs being so young. We're in a relegation fight - we've got a 19-year-old and 22-year-old, I think, in the centre of our defence. It's a big ask for these young guys. Jamie McCart will hopefully go on and have a great career but to be in a relegation battle with so little experience is a huge ask."