Tuesday's Scottish football as it happened

Motherwell move second in the Premiership as a late Iain Vigurs goal gives the visitors a 2-1 win at Inverness.

1 April 2014 Last updated at 19:21

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  1. 21:59: 

    That's all from me folks. The small band of Motherwell fans at the Caledonian Stadium will enjoy the long trip home after a 2-1 win.

    We'll be back tomorrow for Hearts v Aberdeen when the Dons have the chance to reclaim second place and relegate the home side in the process. Please join us again for all of the action...

  2. 21:57: 
    Inverness CT boss John Hughes on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We did everything we could to win the game but we were caught out by two long balls. I've got a great bunch of lads here but we need to find the right balance and that takes time.

    "We'll just need to dust ourselves down and go again for a big derby game on Friday night."

  3. 21:53: 

    The Inverness fans might just be losing patience with the approach manager John Hughes is taking. The groans of discontent were loud in the first half and there were a few boos ringing out at the end.

  4. 21:50: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit John Robertson

    "Motherwell's two goals were classics. The first was a quick ball over the top and the second was a lightening counter-attack and both were sublime finishes. It could be second place for the third year running, which is phenomenal on the budget they have. You have to salute Stuart McCall and his team."

  5. 21:47: 
    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We came here to win and at 1-1 there were no designs on holding out for a point and I thought our work ethic won the game. It was a sublime finish from Iain Vigurs.

    "It was a big game for us after the disappointment of Saturday and the lads showed great character."

  6. 21:45: 
    Iain Vigurs celebrates what proved to be a late winner... Iain Vigurs celebrates what proved to be a late winner...
  7. 21:42: 

    Morton have been dismal all season but the Greenock side turned in a good performance tonight, beating Dumbarton 3-0 at Cappielow. That's a blow for the Sons' play-off hopes and it delays the inevitable drop from the Championship for the home side.

  8. 21:39: 

    That's a 19th league win of the season for Stuart McCall's side - but just a fourth success against a team in the top six. The Steelemen are on their best points tally for this stage of the season since 1934...

  9. 21:36: 
    FULL-TIME- Inverness CT 1-2 Motherwell

    Mission accomplished for Motherwell who move second in the Premiership thanks to that late breakaway goal from Iain Vigurs. Of course, Aberdeen can leapfrog them again with a win at Tynecastle tomorrow.

  10. 21:35: 

    The howls of aguish have returned the home fans as Inverness huff and puff in the final third but cannot find any openings.

  11. 21:32: 

    Despite a marked improvement from the home side after the interval, Inverness top scorer Billy McKay has hardly had a touch and that has to be a worry.

  12. 21:30: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Motherwell's Jack Leitch is replaced by fellow youth Chris Cadden for the last few minutes.

  13. 21:28: 

    That's a sore one for Inverness just as they were really putting Motherwell under the cosh. And now time is running out for John Hughes's side to find a way back.

  14. 21:25: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 1-2 Motherwell (Vigurs)

    Inverness are caught out at the back as Craig Moore and Iain Vigurs race forward against one defender in blue. Moore slips a pass to Vigurs and the midfielder tucks in a neat shot with the outside of his boot.

  15. 21:24: 

    A fortunate bounce off Ryan Christie sets up another shooting chance for Graeme Shinnie but this effort is rather scuffed and it's a comfortable stop for Gunnar Nielsen.

  16. 21:22: 

    Inverness keep coming forward and a shot from Graeme Shinnie is deflected wide, with Billy McKay not too far away from applying a finishing touch.

  17. 21:19: 

    Ryan Christie has really pepped up the home side and Inverness look the likelier side to go on and find the winner.

  18. 21:15: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 1-1 Motherwell (Christie)

    The home fans are happier now as they celebrate an absolute peach of a strike from Ryan Christie. The teenager was slightly off-balance but still managed to drill a lovely shot beyond Gunnar Nielson, who was a bit sluggish going down.

  19. 21:10: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Both sides make a change as Craig Moore replaces goalscoer Henri Anier and Inverness winger Marley Watkins is on for David Raven.

  20. 21:08: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Inverness are inches away from an equaliser as a Greg Tansey piledriver cannons off the post... That was hit with real venom from 25 yards and keeper Gunnar Nielson was nowhere near it.

  21. 21:05: 

    Ryan Christie has injected some urgency into the home side already with a couple of clever prompts.

  22. 21:03: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Ryan Christie is on for Liam Polworth as Inverness make their first change. That's an 18-year-old on for a 19-year-old.

  23. 21:00: 

    The home fans are really riled now as they vent their frustration from the stands. Inverness are passing and passing but going nowhere.

  24. 20:57: 

    Iain Vigurs lines up another free kick 25 yards out after John Sutton is clattered but Inverness keeper Ryan Esson is untroubled as the ball flies over the top.

  25. 20:54: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit John Robertson

    "Inverness are just a bit predictable. I'd like to see them get the ball out wide and try to get behind Motherwell."

  26. 20:51: 

    The early signs suggest that Inverness are not going to give up on their patient passing style just yet.

  27. 20:48: 
    KICK-OFF

    We're off again. Can Inverness find a way back?

  28. 20:47: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Motherwell midfielder Craig Reid will be replaced by Zane Francis-Angol for the second half in Inverness.

  29. 20:45: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit John Robertson

    "Inverness need to be more direct. I don't mean going long but the passing is too slow and Motherwell have got lots of time to get back into their two banks of four."

  30. 20:42: 

    Inverness have not lost at home since the Highland derby with Ross County on New Year's Day. There haven't been many wins since then either, with four of their five matches on their own turf ending all square.

  31. 20:40: 

    Barrie McKay finishes off a great mazy run with a lovely finish to put Morton 3-0 up against Dumbarton.

  32. 20:36: 
    Henri Anier's strike separates the sides. Henri Anier's 38th-minute shot separates the sides.

    The striker doesn't get many starts but he was sharp as a tack when the chance came his way.

  33. 20:31: 
    HALF-TIME- Inverness CT 0-1 Motherwell

    An eighth goal of the season for Estonia international Henri Anier means Motherwell are halfway there on their mission to move second in the Premiership.

  34. 20:28: 

    The frustrated Inverness fans will have steam coming out of their ears now, having seen their side undone by a simple ball over the top. Much of the home side's play has been ponderous, with Billy McKay starved of service up front.

  35. 20:25: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 0-1 Motherwell (Anier)

    A quick pass from Fraser Kerr sends Henri Anier scurrying towards goal and the Motherwell striker takes a lovely touch before slipping a cool finish beyond Ryan Esson and in off the base of the post.

  36. 20:23: 
    BBC Scotland's Andrew Thomson at the Caledonian Stadium

    "Shouts of 'forwards - you're going the wrong way; what's wrong with the penalty box?' from frustrated Caley Thistle fans."

  37. 20:20: 

    Inverness gift the ball to John Sutton and he feeds strike partner Henri Anier who lets fly with an shot on the angle of the penalty box but Carl Tremarco comes sliding in to make a good block.

  38. 20:16: 
    BBC Scotland's Andrew Thomson at the Caledonian Stadium

    "We are being entertained by some enthusiastic singing from the 50 or so Motherwell fans that have made the journey up the A9."

  39. 20:14: 

    Inverness change it up and play a long, direct ball in the direction of Billy McKay. The striker can't quite get the ball under control much to the relief of the visiting defence, who were caught napping.

  40. 20:11: 

    Motherwell full-back Craig Reid strides forward and powers in a shot from 25 yards. Ryan Esson watches the swerving ball all the way and does well to bat it away.

  41. 20:08: 

    Morton are on fire as Thomas O'Ware heads home from a Barrie McKay free kick. That's 2-0 now against Dumbarton.

  42. 20:06: 

    Some intricate play from Inverness ends with a Carl Tremarco shot smashing against Fraser Kerr to earn the home side a corner. From the set-piece the ball falls to Greg Tansey who blasts the ball high and wide of the target.

  43. 20:05: 
    Inverness skipper Richie Foran is all smiles despite the crutches. Inverness skipper Richie Foran is all smiles despite the crutches.

    A knee problem apparently - a floating piece of bone in there somewhere.

  44. 20:01: 

    That's more like it! Graeme Shinnie speeds forward and unleashes a powerful shot that Gunnar Nielson gets a touch on. The Motherwell keeper tries to dupe the referee by lining up a goal-kick but the whistler is having none of it and awards a corner, which is then hopelessly over-hit by Liam Polworth.

  45. 19:59: 

    Iain Vigurs bustles his way through to have a pop from 25 yards but Liam Polworth does well to get in a little nibble, taking the sting off the shot and it's an easy save for Ryan Esson.

  46. 19:57: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit John Robertson

    "The tempo is good, with both sides moving the ball around quickly. There is just a lack of quality in the final third letting us down."

  47. 19:53: 

    Iain Vigurs, a former Inverness and Ross County man, gets some abuse from the home fans as he lines up a free kick in a dangerous position. His delivery is a fizzer into the edge of the six yard box and Ryan Esson does well to punch clear.

  48. 19:50: 

    For the sake of clarity, as SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster is so fond of saying (usually when giving nothing away), I must say that I'm not at the game, nor can I see it. So, it's a case of the BBC Radio Scotland commentator Rob Maclean-led blind, leading the blind.

  49. 19:48: 

    With Carl Tremarco selected for Inverness, Graeme Shinnie is operating in a midfield role and he could be a real nuisance for Motherwell with his pace and direct running.

  50. 19:46: 
    KICK-OFF

    The action is underway at the Caledonian Stadium.

  51. 19:43: 

    Morton have made a good start at home to Dumbarton, with Rowan Vine opening the scoring at Cappielow. They'll need to keep on winning for the rest of the season and hope Cowdenbeath don't pick up another point if they are to miraculously avoid the drop.

  52. 19:41: 

    There's been quite a hullabaloo surrounding the SFA's decision to serve Leigh Griffiths with a notice of complaint for his pre-match singing at the Edinburgh derby.

    Many of us thought it was an April Fool gag like Andy Murray's hilarious Twitter announcement about a new coach.

    Celtic have released a statement this evening: "The SFA today served a notice of complaint on Leigh Griffiths, alleging a breach of disciplinary rule 86 - not acting in the best interests of Association Football by singing in public about Heart of Midlothian FC in administration.

    "Following the incident, the player publicly apologised for his actions. Celtic have fined the player and the Club has also apologised to Hearts, an apology which they have accepted.

    "Therefore, the Club feels there is no need for any further action, and this is something which we will defend."

  53. 19:38: 

    There's another match on in Scotland tonight, with Morton at home to Dumbarton. The Greenock side need to win to avoid relegation to League One. That one kicked off at 19:30.

  54. 19:36: 
    Inverness CT manager John Hughes on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We need to get the ball down and pass it. That's how simple football is; it's about passing to a team-mate and we need to make sure we do that tonight."

  55. 19:32: 
    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We've have had good days up here and bad days, so we need to make sure we start well.

    "It was hard to take, losing the game to the last kick of the ball with a bobble on Saturday but we've got the chance to bounce back straight away."

  56. 19:29: 

    These side have met twice this season, with the home team winning 2-0 on each occasion. The last clash was at Fir Park just a few weeks ago and the Steelmen were pretty jammy, with Inverness passing up a number of good chances.

  57. 19:26: 

    Quite a few changes for both sides at the Caledonian Stadium.

    Goalkeeper Ryan Esson gets his first start of the season for Inverness tonight, with Dean Brill dropping to the bench. He was a fixture in the team once upon a time.

    Henri Anier, so often a sub for Motherwell, gets a chance to show what he can do from the start, while young Jack Leitch steps into Stuart McCall's first XI.

    Motherwell lost at home to Kilmarnock at the weekend, while 10-man Inverness held St Mirren to a 2-2 draw.

  58. 19:23: 
    LINE-UPS

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

    Motherwell: Nielsen, Reid, Hammell, Hutchinson, McManus, Sutton, Vigurs, Lasley, Kerr, Anier, Leitch. Subs: Stewart, Francis-Angol, Moore, Murray, Ainsworth, Thomas, Cadden.

  59. 19:20: 

    Good evening and welcome to our coverage of Inverness CT v Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership. The visitors can go second with a win in the Highlands.

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 01 Apr 2014 UK

Scottish Premiership summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Celtic 32 64 85
Moving up 2 Motherwell 32 6 60
Moving down 3 Aberdeen 31 15 59
No movement 4 Dundee Utd 32 19 54
No movement 5 Inverness CT 32 4 49
No movement 6 St Johnstone 32 6 45
No movement 7 Hibernian 32 -13 34
No movement 8 Kilmarnock 32 -15 33
No movement 9 Ross County 32 -17 31
No movement 10 Partick Thistle 32 -19 30
No movement 11 St Mirren 32 -22 28
No movement 12 Hearts 31 -28 9