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The assistant referee signals for offside against Jamie Murphy. Ryan Esson takes the free kick.
Ross Tokely is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Stevie Hammell takes the indirect free kick.
Adam Rooney challenges Stephen Craigan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Ross Tokely gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stevie Hammell. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Foul by Steve Jennings on Adam Rooney, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Nick Ross, save made by Darren Randolph.
Tom Hateley concedes a free kick for a foul on Grant Munro. Grant Munro restarts play with the free kick.
Ross Forbes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Alan Gow.
Chris Humphrey fouled by Gavin Morrison, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Craigan.
Nick Ross has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jamie Murphy. Ryan Esson takes the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Stuart Duff, save made by Darren Randolph.
Steve Jennings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gavin Morrison. Gavin Morrison restarts play with the free kick. Nick Ross takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jonathan Hayes.
Marc Fitzpatrick is brought on as a substitute for John Sutton.
Jamie Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Ross Tokely. Direct free kick taken by Kevin McCann.
Adam Rooney has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Stuart Duff gets on the score sheet with a goal from long distance to the bottom right corner of the goal. Inverness CT 1-2 Motherwell.Assist on the goal came from Adam Rooney.
Jamie Murphy is brought on as a substitute for Nick Blackman.
The ball is sent over by Ross Tokely, Header on goal by Adam Rooney from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nick Blackman on Stuart Duff. Stuart Duff takes the direct free kick.
Shane Sutherland replaces Richie Foran.
Corner taken right-footed by Stuart Duff, Darren Randolph makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Hayes by Stevie Hammell. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jonathan Hayes from right wing, Steven Saunders manages to make a clearance.
Steven Saunders has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
Short corner taken by Chris Humphrey from the right by-line.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Humphrey, clearance by Grant Munro. Tom Hateley fouled by Gavin Morrison, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Hateley restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Richie Foran. Indirect free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Humphrey by Gavin Morrison. Tom Hateley crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Gavin Morrison joins the action as a substitute, replacing Eric Odhiambo. Nick Blackman takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin McCann by John Sutton. Free kick taken by Ross Tokely.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stuart Duff on Alan Gow. Steve Jennings crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Foul by Nick Blackman on Grant Munro, free kick awarded. Grant Munro takes the direct free kick.
Nick Blackman scores a goal from long range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Inverness CT 0-2 Motherwell.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Hayes by Stevie Hammell. Stuart Duff restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Chris Humphrey. Indirect free kick taken by Grant Munro.
Alan Gow takes a shot. Save by Ryan Esson. Corner taken right-footed by Chris Humphrey from the right by-line, John Sutton concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin McCann. Ryan Esson takes the direct free kick.
Jonathan Hayes takes a long range shot harmlessly clearing the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Craigan on Richie Foran. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Hayes.
Alan Gow scores a headed goal from close in. Inverness CT 0-1 Motherwell.Assist by Chris Humphrey.
Chris Humphrey takes a short corner.
Ross Tokely challenges Alan Gow unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot comes in from Tom Hateley from the free kick, save made by Ryan Esson.
Header by Nick Blackman from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Nick Blackman takes a shot. Ryan Esson makes a save.
Corner taken by Tom Hateley, save by Ryan Esson.
Jonathan Hayes takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save. Stuart Duff takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Steven Saunders makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Grant Munro by Nick Blackman. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
Nick Blackman challenges Grant Munro unfairly and gives away a free kick. Grant Munro restarts play with the free kick.
Nick Ross takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Richie Foran takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.
Stuart Duff gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Jennings. Strike on goal comes in from Tom Hateley from the free kick, Ross Tokely gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Grant Munro on Nick Blackman. The ball is crossed by Tom Hateley, Stephen Craigan takes a shot. Save made by Ryan Esson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Craigan on Eric Odhiambo. Graeme Shinnie takes the direct free kick.
Stuart Duff is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Chris Humphrey takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Stuart Duff.
John Sutton takes a shot. Ryan Esson makes a save. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Chris Humphrey, clearance made by Ross Tokely.
Foul by Nick Blackman on Stuart Duff, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ross Tokely.
Nick Ross produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
Foul by Stevie Hammell on Stuart Duff, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ross Tokely.
The referee gets the game started.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
The second half begins.
The match has reached full-time.
Randolph seeking more clean sheets
Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph is looking to silence some old friends during the Clydesdale Bank Premier League top-four clash at Inverness.
Randolph has played alongside Jonny Hayes and Adam Rooney in the Republic of Ireland youth set-up and has watched both progress well with Caley Thistle this season.
Striker Rooney has netted seven goals so far after 26 last term, while former Leicester winger Hayes has impressed in his debut season in the SPL.
"Jonny Hayes and Adam Rooney were both in my Irish team when we were younger," said Randolph, who has represented his country at every level below the full national team.
"Hopefully they make me look good on Saturday. I'll have to have a word with them before we play.
"If Adam carries on how he is doing, there is no reason why he can't get another big goals tally this season.
"Hopefully he doesn't score on Saturday and I manage to frustrate him, then he gets interviewed afterwards and says `What a great keeper!' But we'll wait and see.
"Jonny has had a great start to the season. When you think about Inverness he is definitely one of the danger men.
"So if we can stop him, hopefully it will make the game a little bit easier."
Well duo Jamie Murphy (ankle) and Keith Lasley (hamstring) will travel and be back in contention for comebacks if they show no adverse reaction to training.
Esteban Casagolda (knee) is likely to remain on the sidelines.
Motherwell stayed third in the SPL despite their 1-0 derby defeat to Hamilton last weekend, but Inverness closed the gap to one point after stretching their unbeaten run to five matches with a draw at Ibrox.
Randolph said: "Everyone was a little bit embarrassed by the defeat. We were expected to win, we didn't play well and we lost at home.
"So everyone is itching to get back on the pitch and correct last week. We seem to react well to setbacks. There is a lot of belief in the squad.
"We know we can play a lot better so we will go to Inverness with a positive mentality."
The 23-year-old added: "I'm happy I've managed to keep quite a few clean sheets but I haven't had one for a while.
"Hopefully I can get one soon, I've missed the feeling of having a clean sheet. But I'm more interested in just keeping that third position.
"As long as we win, I'm not really bothered. We have played everyone now apart from Inverness and we believe we can keep third place."
Despite the contrasting fortunes last weekend, Motherwell are favourites to win with some bookmakers, a decision probably based on the fact that both sides have won more away games than home matches in the SPL this season.
Inverness manager Terry Butcher has put their 11-month unbeaten away record in the league partly down to the morale fostered on their long journeys.
And Randolph feels Motherwell's Europa League run helped him adapt following his summer move from Charlton so the overnight stay in Inverness holds no problems.
"It will bring back memories of the European games," Randolph said. "You get chatting with different people during the journeys and when you are over there. You get to see what everyone else is like.
"That helped me settle in, the fact we were straight into games and travelling. I was sharing with Lee Hollis for every trip, the goalkeeper's union.
"I'm assuming I will be again, unless he's put in a complaint and he doesn't want to share with me for some reason."
Inverness midfielder Lee Cox is pushing for a return following an ankle injury but Saturday may just come too soon for the youngster.
Gil Blumenshtein, David Proctor, Chris Innes (all hamstring) and Kenny Gillet (knee) remain on the sidelines.
Well hold on to sink Caley
Motherwell strengthened their grip on third place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with a 2-1 win against Inverness.
First-half goals from Alan Gow and Nicholas Blackman secured the win at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, despite a late fightback from the hosts who reduced their arrears through Stuart Duff.
A fourth home league defeat for Inverness, coupled with Dundee United's win at Hamilton, sees the Highlanders slip to fifth in the league.
Inverness goal hero Eric Odhiambo, who scored the late leveller in the 1-1 draw against Rangers last Saturday, was part of a strong attacking line up alongside the Irish trio of Adam Rooney, Richie Foran and Jonny Hayes.
Odhiambo came in for Russell Duncan, who was left out of the squad, while midfielder Lee Cox recovered from an ankle injury to be named as a substitute, his first inclusion since the end of September.
Motherwell brought in striker John Sutton for midfielder Ross Forbes in their only change to the side which lost 1-0 at home to Hamilton last weekend.
Both sides showed attacking intent in the opening stages and Nick Ross might have opened the scoring for Inverness after just three minutes, but his low shot from the edge of the box went inches wide.
Goalkeeper Ryan Esson prevented Sutton from breaking the deadlock moments later when his low first-time shot was pushed wide after being found by Chris Humphrey.
Stephen Craigan was on target with a header from a Tom Hateley free-kick, but Esson saved again.
Hayes picked out Foran who was one-on-one with Darren Randolph, but the goalkeeper was equal to it.
Randolph was at full stretch to deny Hayes midway through the half when the Irishman's low drive was tipped wide after he cut inside the area.
Esson was next to be called into action when he parried out Blackman's thunderbolt after Ross was caught in possession.
Esson made another top drawer diving save on the half-hour to prevent Hateley's 25-yard free-kick finding the net.
But Esson was finally beaten when Gow netted from close range with a header following a goalmouth scramble after Humphrey's clever short corner with Hateley.
Blackman doubled the lead on 43 minutes when his shot from 30 yards took a wicked deflection off defender Grant Munro and looped over a stranded Esson into the net.
Blackman squandered the opportunity to extend Motherwell's lead after the break when he latched onto a Steven Jennings through ball.
With support either side and attackers outnumbering defenders, the on-loan Blackburn striker lifted his shot over the bar.
Gow could have had his second just after the hour but directed his header wide when he connected with a Jennings cross.
Rooney powered a header just over with 20 minutes to go after Duff's quick free-kick played in centre-back Ross Tokely, who provided an inch-perfect cross to the striker.
Inverness finally broke through Well's rearguard when Duff's 25-yard drive on 74 minutes found the bottom corner after Rooney's lay-off.
Inverness substitute Shane Sutherland shot just wide from distance after beating Craigan as the hosts hunted for an equaliser in the closing stages.
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