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Keith Lasley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Russell Duncan. Direct free kick taken by Ross Tokely.
Unfair challenge on Stevie Hammell by Alex MacDonald results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Gavin Morrison comes on in place of Richie Foran.
Keith Lasley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ross Tokely. Ryan Esson takes the free kick.
Chris Hogg challenges Francis Jeffers unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Stevie Hammell.
Nick Ross leaves the field to be replaced by Eric Odhiambo.
Inswinging corner taken by Gavin Gunning, Grant Munro makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Stevie Hammell by Richie Foran results in a free kick. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Richie Foran by Steven Saunders results in a free kick. Grant Munro restarts play with the free kick.
Alex MacDonald gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Saunders. Steven Saunders restarts play with the free kick.
A goal is scored by Alex MacDonald from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Inverness CT 3-0 Motherwell.The assist for the goal came from Nick Ross.
Alex MacDonald replaces Adam Rooney.
Lee Cox takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.
Keith Lasley takes a shot. Blocked by Ross Tokely.
Richie Foran gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Inverness CT 2-0 Motherwell.Nick Ross provided the assist for the goal.
Nick Ross takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Richie Foran. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Corner taken right-footed by Nick Ross from the left by-line, clearance made by Gavin Gunning.
Outswinging corner taken by Stevie Hammell from the left by-line, save by Ryan Esson.
(Motherwell) makes a substitution, with Steven Saunders coming on for Tom Hateley.
Chris Hogg is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Tom Hateley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nick Ross. Grant Munro takes the free kick.
(Motherwell) makes a substitution, with Chris Humphrey coming on for Ross Forbes.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nick Ross on Keith Lasley. Ross Forbes crosses the ball in from the free kick, Ross Tokely gets a block in.
Russell Duncan challenges Francis Jeffers unfairly and gives away a free kick. Francis Jeffers takes the direct free kick.
Ross Forbes challenges Nick Ross unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stuart Duff takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Ross Forbes, John Sutton produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Lee Cox challenges Jamie Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ross Forbes, Foul by Gavin Gunning on Ryan Esson, free kick awarded. Ryan Esson restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stuart Duff on Francis Jeffers. Direct free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.
Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Shane Sutherland misses to the right of the target.
Francis Jeffers is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ryan Esson takes the free kick.
A goal is scored by Shane Sutherland from inside the penalty area high into the middle of the goal. Inverness CT 1-0 Motherwell.Assist on the goal came from Richie Foran.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Rooney on Gavin Gunning. Gavin Gunning takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Francis Jeffers by Russell Duncan results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Ross Forbes.
Russell Duncan challenges Keith Lasley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shaun Hutchinson takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Richie Foran on Ross Forbes. Ross Forbes takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Ross Forbes on Nick Ross, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Chris Hogg.
Russell Duncan takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Unfair challenge on Gavin Gunning by Adam Rooney results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Steve Jennings.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Francis Jeffers on Ross Tokely. Free kick taken by Russell Duncan.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Francis Jeffers. Free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
Foran: Caley don`t need six appeal
Inverness striker Richie Foran maintains no-one at the club should be too hard on themselves if they fail to make the top six of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Caley Thistle dropped out of the top half of the table in midweek following a long stay, after winning just one SPL game out of 13.
A 2-0 defeat by Dundee United, which came after an identical scoreline against Hibernian, prompted manager Terry Butcher to question his players' desire to make the top six.
Foran is determined to bounce back from the defeats when Motherwell visit the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium but he believes expectations for their first season back in the top flight have risen too high in some quarters.
"I know a lot of people talk about the top six but the main thing for me is keeping away from the bottom," the Irishman said.
"We have done that, we are 18 points away so that's a great achievement in itself. We have done well.
"Yes, we can make it a great season by getting into the top six but it's still going to be a very good season and we can work on that for next season. We don't want to get too downbeat.
"People get too carried away with publicity but we have just come into the SPL after being relegated. We will do as well as we can and build on that for next season.
"It would be a remarkable achievement and I suppose it's in our hands but we have got to start doing our talking on the pitch."
Motherwell player Tom Hateley has acknowledged there are no excuses for not consistently repeating the form they showed in their victory over Celtic.
An under-strength Motherwell stunned the Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders at Fir Park last Sunday when John Sutton's double earned them a 2-0 win.
The unexpected triumph followed a disappointing home defeat by St Mirren and Hateley feels they have to cut out the poor displays if they are to make sure of a top-six place.
"When you get a win like that everyone gets a massive lift and we can't wait for the game at Inverness," Hateley said.
"I think it's fair to say we deserved to win. It shows what we can do on our day.
"Perhaps we are not consistent enough, we got beaten and then beat Celtic.
"We did well on the day and we have to do well again to beat Inverness."
The 21-year-old added: "The most important thing in football is probably consistency.
"You can't argue with that, you need to have consistency about your individual game and as a team.
"People might say it's a long season and talk about small squads, but I don't think you can make excuses.
"You are a professional footballer and you are paid to play consistently, that's your job and it's what you have to do.
"You can't blame anything else, you have to do well every weekend.
"We know we haven't been consistent enough recently and hopefully we can carry on the momentum after the Celtic game and carry that on for the rest of the season."
Motherwell face most of their rivals for a top-six place in their five games before the split, taking on Kilmarnock, Aberdeen, Hearts and Dundee United after their trip to the Highlands.
With seven teams looking for the three remaining places below the Old Firm and Hearts, Hateley knows they have their destiny firmly in their hands.
"We've got a run of five or six big games, there are so many teams in contention," the versatile Englishman said.
"If we can carry on the momentum from the other day and get that consistency, we have the belief that we can go anywhere and win.
"I don't think it's naivety form a young group of boys, we showed the other day we can beat anyone."
Caley too strong for sorry Well
Inverness moved back into the top half of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League table with an emphatic 3-0 triumph over Motherwell.
Shane Sutherland, a product of the youth system at Inverness, and Alex MacDonald, on loan from Burnley, both scored their first goals for the club while captain Richie Foran was also on the scoresheet in this comprehensive victory.
The win moved Caley Thistle to within a point of Motherwell as the battle for a top-six place in the league intensifies, with the split fast approaching.
Inverness were first to get a shot on target, Foran laying the ball back into Russell Duncan's path, but his low effort from 20 yards was saved down to his left by Darren Randolph in the visitors' goal.
Foran was the creator again moments later, rising highest to head the ball down to the feet of Nick Ross, who failed to control when in plenty of space and the chance was lost.
Motherwell were having plenty of the ball in the early stages, but struggled to create anything in the final third and they soon found themselves trailing after 18 minutes.
Lee Cox picked out Sutherland on the right and he cut inside Steven Hammell before unleashing an unstoppable left-foot drive from 14 yards that crashed into the roof of Randolph's goal.
Sutherland then came close to connecting with Foran's cross, but his flick drifted a yard wide as Caley Thistle continued to be the more dominant force in the final third.
The Steelmen looked well off the pace, with their forward trio of Francis Jeffers, John Sutton and Jamie Murphy feeding on little more than scraps.
Aside from a couple of dangerous free-kicks by Ross Forbes, Motherwell failed to seriously test Ryan Esson in the home goal.
That all changed, however, with half-time approaching. Keith Lasley sent Sutton running through on goal, but Esson was out quickly to save at the forward's feet.
Motherwell were finally beginning to offer a goal threat, Sutton again involved as he headed Forbes' corner on to the roof of the net.
Both teams made lively starts to the second half, with Foran close to connecting with Duncan's through-ball while at the other end, Jeffers was denied by Esson from Tom Hateley's deep cross.
In an attempt to inject some attacking impetus into Motherwell's play, manager Stuart McCall introduced Chris Humphrey into the action with the winger replacing Forbes.
Minutes later, Steven Saunders was brought on for Hateley as McCall shuffled his pack to try and find some way back into the contest.
Motherwell were showing more of an attacking intent, but they nearly came unstuck when a swift break by Inverness saw Ross go clear from a Cox pass only to fail to connect with the ball under pressure from Hammell.
The visitors failed to heed the warning and in the 64th minute they were left with a mountain to climb.
Ross sent Adam Rooney in on goal and the Irishman shaped as if to shoot, but instead crossed for Foran who fired the ball home from just inside the six-yard box with Randolph well beaten.
Motherwell's response came courtesy of sub Humphrey, only for the wideman to first be thwarted by a wonderful save from Esson before Ross Tokely blocked his second effort on the line.
With the Steelmen committing more players forward, Cox had the chance to finish the game as a contest, but Randolph saved well at the midfielder's feet.
Inverness boss Terry Butcher introduced MacDonald into the action and it was an inspired change as within 30 seconds of coming on he got his name on the scoresheet with 72 minutes gone.
Foran's cross was misjudged by Gavin Gunning and the Scotland Under-21 international had the simplest of tasks to finish from close range.
Motherwell huffed and puffed in their bid to even score a consolation and despite Murphy having an effort pushed on to the crossbar by Esson late on, Caley Thistle comfortably held them at arm's length to secure only their fourth league triumph at home this season.
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