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Motherwell 4-2 Inverness CT

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland at Fir Park

Motherwell moved out of the Premiership relegation play-off spot with a win that leaves Inverness CT five points adrift at the bottom of the table.

Well raced into the lead with goals from Chris Cadden and Louis Moult.

Inverness replied through Alex Fisher, who turned Liam Polworth's tame effort into the net.

Fisher equalised after the break with a delightful lob but a controversial Scott McDonald goal and a header from Allan Campbell won it for the hosts.

The Fir Park men join Ross County on 32 points, while Inverness remain on 25, five below Dundee.

Alex Fisher hauled Inverness back into this one with a fine double
Alex Fisher hauled Inverness back into this one with a fine double

Decisive decision

The game could have gone either way after a tremendous Inverness comeback, but it seemed to hinge on the decision to award Motherwell's third goal.

Striker McDonald hit the base of the post with a close-range header and the ball was then scooped clear by keeper Owain Fon Williams, who had his feet behind the line.

The officials were quick to award the goal but it looked very tough to call.

Inverness had offered so much and their misery was compounded when McDonald superbly laid the fourth on a plate for Campbell to nod home from close range.

Blistering start

Motherwell could have been out of sight after going 2-0 up inside nine minutes, with Inverness looking completely on the ropes.

Cadden opened the scoring when he danced in from the right and curled a wonderful left-foot shot beyond Fon Williams.

Allan Campbell sealed the in for Well with a close-range header
Allan Campbell sealed the win for Well with a close-range header

The second had a touch of fortune with Moult's deep cross from the left evading everyone before bouncing in off the post.

Ryan Bowman was denied third by a good Fon Williams save before Inverness mounted a spirited fightback.

Caley courage

Two goals down so early, it was reasonable to assume Inverness were heading for another damaging defeat.

Their response was impressive. Fisher flicked home Polworth's shot and Richie Foran's side were full of belief.

Polworth fired wide before Fisher shot straight at Craig Samson and had an effort touched past the post when he was clean through.

Fisher delivered again, though, when he ran in behind and floated a fabulous first-time chip over the advancing Samson on 54 minutes.

Well's second goal had a touch of fortune about it as the keeper misjudged Louis Moult's cross
Well's second goal had a touch of fortune about it as the keeper misjudged Louis Moult's cross

The visitors showed tremendous fight and ability but McDonald's goal was key. When your luck is out, it is out and the result inflicts further damage on Foran's side.

A monumental turn around in results is required or they are Championship-bound.

Post-match reaction

Motherwell manager Steve Robinson: "We concern ourselves with us and we took care of the job that was put in front of us today. We made relative hard work of it. The players are human beings, there are emotions involved and the crowd are tense as well so sometimes you start making decisions you shouldn't make.

"We showed a lot of character to go on and win the game after they came back.

"Credit to Inverness, they have some very good players. I've watched them a few times and I'm surprised at where they are to be honest.

"If you were here for our game against Hamilton when the ball comes back off the underside of the crossbar after being four yards over, perhaps we deserve that bit of luck (regarding Well's controversial third goal). We've earned that luck.

"In terms of automatic relegation there's a gap opening up now but that's only a few games and we have to concentrate solely on our next game."



Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Samson
  • 4Heneghan
  • 8McHugh
  • 3HammellSubstituted forJulesat 87'minutes
  • 12Cadden
  • 26Campbell
  • 88Pearson
  • 11BowmanSubstituted forAinsworthat 59'minutes
  • 17Frear
  • 77McDonald
  • 9MoultSubstituted forBlythat 83'minutes


  • 7Ainsworth
  • 13Griffiths
  • 19Blyth
  • 20Clay
  • 21Jules
  • 25Ferguson
  • 36Gordon

Inverness CT

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 22McKayBooked at 89mins
  • 21Laing
  • 12McCart
  • 3TremarcoSubstituted forMcNaughtonat 13'minutes
  • 7Polworth
  • 8Draper
  • 16Tansey
  • 11VigursSubstituted forMulraneyat 64'minutes
  • 20KingSubstituted forAnierat 74'minutes
  • 18Fisher


  • 1Esson
  • 4McNaughton
  • 9Ebbe
  • 15Mulraney
  • 17Horner
  • 19Boden
  • 23Anier
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Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamInverness CT
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Motherwell 4, Inverness CT 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Motherwell 4, Inverness CT 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Craig Samson.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  5. Booking

    Brad McKay (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Brad McKay (Inverness CT).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Motherwell. Zak Jules replaces Steven Hammell.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jacob Blyth (Motherwell).

  10. Post update

    Henri Anier (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Motherwell. Jacob Blyth replaces Louis Moult.

  13. Post update

    Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Allan Campbell (Motherwell).

  15. Post update

    Jake Mulraney (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Chris Cadden (Motherwell).

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Henri Anier (Inverness CT) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Henri Anier replaces Billy King.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Carl McHugh (Motherwell).

As It Stood

4St Johnstone33147124440449
6Partick Thistle331011123538-341
8Ross County32711143552-1732
12Inverness CT33413163662-2625
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